The U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded more than $109 million in grants Thursday to homeless programs across Illinois, and a fair amount of those funds were disbursed around northern Illinois.
The programs consist of planning agencies known as "continuums of care." In addition to coordinating funding for area homeless programs, they will count all local homeless people in a single night at a later point in the year. These numbers will then be used in official HUD homeless estimates.
The city of Rockford, Winnebago, and Boone Counties received around $1.5 million combined. The cities of Aurora and Elgin, as well as Kane County, received more than $1.7 million. McHenry County received around a million dollars, while DeKalb and DeKalb County received a total of nearly 600,000.
Chicago benefited most from the grants, with around $61 million in total. Cook and DuPage Counties were each awarded around $12 million and $4.7 million apiece.