Sizable number of families lack a financial base to navigate day to day living with no income for a substantial length of time. Having accumulated large rent arrears, many of these families faced eviction.
Since the onset of the pandemic, CIOGC has sought and secured government and private funding to help families in need of financial assistance for housing. CIOGC has been awarded 1.4 million dollars through the Illinois Department of Human Services in emergency housing assistance. CIOGC has also partnered with Connections and HMIS, a social service agency that serves the homeless population, to reach families in suburban Cook County, Illinois.
With the expiration of the moratorium on evictions, the need is more urgent for families who have yet to rebound from the effects of the pandemic. CIOGC continues to seek both private and government funding to meet the need for sustainable housing for at-risk families. Contact CIOGC for housing & utility assistance at [email protected] or call 312.506.0070
In early February 2021, the State of Illinois Emergency Management Agency announced the funding opportunity, through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to enhance security at houses of worship. In anticipation of the grant, a training session was offered through the Council of Religious Organizations of Metropolitan Chicago to inform participants how to prepare the grant application. In addition, grant writers within our community offered to review and consult the applications of member organizations. This year, four members each received funding of $135,000 to install needed security systems and to reinforce entry points at their respective mosques