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SPRINGFIELD — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded more than $100 million in grants to support more than 400 community-based homeless assistance programs across Illinois.

The grants are funded through HUD’s Continuum of Care Program. The money is distributed to community-based organizations that provide a broad array of services for homeless individuals and families, particularly those who are living in places not meant for habitation, people living in homeless shelters, and those at immediate risk of becoming homeless.

U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, both Illinois Democrats, announced the grants Wednesday.

“The recent record-breaking cold temperatures felt across Illinois serve as a potent reminder of the importance of ensuring that all people have access to safe and reliable housing,” Durbin said in a joint news release announcing the funding. “This critical federal funding will help thousands of individuals and families across Illinois get back on their feet.”

“Individuals across Illinois rely on investments like these to gain access to affordable and reliable housing, Duckworth said. “Having a safe place to stay is an important first step for families to move forward with their lives.”

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