6th District to Receive Grant Funding for Economic Development, Infrastructure and Social Services

Commissioner Miller announces over $3 million in funding will be awarded

Oak Forest, Ill. — The Cook County Bureau of Economic Development will award more than $3 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) & Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program funding to support various community development, homeless and social services, affordable housing, and economic development activities in the South Suburbs. Cook County Commissioner Donna Miller (D-6th) said “This grant funding is crucial to our infrastructure projects, economic development as well as social programs for our most vulnerable residents.”

Funding is provided to Cook County through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and are restricted for use within suburban Cook County.  Besides the numerous agencies receiving funding, municipalities within the district that will receive grant funding include: Chicago Heights, Chicago Ridge, Justice, Lynwood, Richton Park and South Chicago Heights.

These Projects include: Resurfacing Project – Main Street and 23rd Street (Chicago Heights), Resurfacing Project – Parkside Ave., Major Ave, and 106th St. (Chicago Ridge), 83rd St. Project (Justice), Roadway Reconstruction – Crescent Ave. from 198th St. to 201st St. (Lynwood), Saulk Elementary School Roadway Resurfacing – Churchill Dr. and Latonia Lane (Richton Park), and Water Main Program – Valve Replacements (South Chicago Heights).

Mayor Terry Matthews of South Chicago Heights stated, “The Village of South Chicago Heights’ water system experienced multiple main breaks in the last year, including the trunk line from the pumping station to the main residential section of the village.  These breaks affected water pressure throughout the Village and reduced water in our elevated storage tanks below recommended operating levels. We created a Long-Term Water Main Program – Valve Replacement Plan to address this issue and the CDBGfunding award is essential to making this program happen.” adding, “I thank Commissioner Miller for her support of this project and the County for being responsive to the needs of our residents.”

“Chicago Heights has been able to resurface many of its neighborhood streets thanks to over $1.8 million from federal Community Development Block Grant funding over the last five years, money which is distributed by Cook County,” said Chicago Heights Mayor David Gonzalez. “I am deeply grateful for the tireless attention and advocacy by Cook County Commissioners Deborah Sims and Donna Miller to assure that Chicago Heights and other suburban municipalities receive their fair share of federal money under the CDBG program to fund local infrastructure and community development activities.”

Miller serves as Vice-Chair of the Workforce, Housing & Community Development Committee, working with many of the local municipalities, Miller noted that without this funding, many of the projects and services would not be possible, “I am pleased that these municipalities and agencies will receive this needed funding. I will continue to advocate for the 6th District and the Southland when it comes to addressing the communities needs at the county”.

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