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There will soon be 30 new houses built in Peoria’s East Bluff neighborhood.

Four central Illinois communities will share more than $400,000 in federal housing money to help families with job-training, education and more. 

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Illinois political leaders have asked federal housing authorities to find adequate and safe housing for 185 families ordered to relocate from two public housing developments in southern Illinois.
 
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development plans to move residents of the Alexander County Housing Authority properties in May due to concerns such as poor heating and mold.
 
Federal housing officials said there was no plan to provide new housing and that residents would be given vouchers and have their moving expenses paid.
 

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Federal officials say public housing authorities and other groups in Illinois will receive nearly $1.4 million to boost employment and economic independence.
 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the funding last week. Illinois' share is part of nearly $33 million nationwide. The money will also go to Native American tribes and non-profit organizations.
 

The idea is to improve economic opportunities and can be used to help organizations hire or retain coordinators who help people find jobs.
 

CAIRO, Ill. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is asking the Department of Housing and Urban Development's inspector general to look into the nearly $20 million in federal funds given the Alexander County Housing Authority over a seven-year period.

In a letter sent last week Kirk asked why the housing authority continued to receive funds despite indications the money was being misused by staff. 

The Southern Illinoisan reports various HUD documents from 2014, 2015 and early 2016 detailed mounting concerns over mismanagement and neglect of core duties by housing authority staff. 

PHA receives HUD grant

Nov 6, 2013

The Peoria Housing Authority is receiving a federal grant to continue serving its senior residents. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the PHA a 246-thousand dollar grant for the second time. The money will be dispersed over three years, and allows the authority to fund its Supportive Services Program for residents 62 and older.

Officials with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development say they will be supportive as the Peoria Housing Authority decides how to re-develop the Taft Homes site. HUD representatives discussed programs the PHA could use to sell or demolish properties and either re-build or find replacement housing for residents.