Kendall County Board Member Matthew Prochaska

Kendall County Board Member Matthew Prochaska (Kendall County photo)

The Kendall County Housing Authority on Monday announced a grant of $290,445 was awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to help provide affordable housing to non-elderly disabled persons living in Kendall County.

Kendall County is one of nine Illinois housing authorities to receive such funding, provided through HUD's, "Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Program." As a result, the Kendall Housing Authority has the freedom to issue 25 vouchers to serve residents living with disabilities.

Kendall Housing Authority Chairman Matthew Prochaska said in a statement that the funding, "will allow us to work with our staff to achieve our goal to continue to help people with disabilities to live independently."

The Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Program was developed to assist non-elderly persons with disabilities, particularly those who are transitioning out of institutional or other separated settings; at serious risk of institutionalization; currently experiencing homelessness; previously experienced homelessness and currently a client in a permanent supportive housing or rapid rehousing project; or at risk of becoming homeless.

Officials said in a press statement that the program helps further the goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act by helping persons with disabilities live in the most integrated setting. The program also encourages partnerships with health and human service agencies with a demonstrated capacity to coordinate voluntary services and supports to enable individuals to live independently in the community.

Kendall Housing Authority is a government agency whose Commissioners are appointed by the Kendall County Board Chairman.

In other county news, officials announced on Monday that Kendall County is the recipient of a $25,000 grant that will be used to help promote the upcoming census.

Kendall County Board Chairman Scott Gryder who is also a member of the state's, "Illinois Complete Count Commission," called the grant "exciting" and said, "we want to encourage full participation!"

The focus of that commission is outreach and getting hard to count populations enumerated in the 2020 census. County Board member and Commission Chairwoman Robyn Vickers noted that there are under counted communities that the committee can now reach with the funds.

Illinois awarded over $20 million to organizations throughout the state. A Kendall County Census website where more information will be shared is being created. The county is also working on receiving more grant funding.