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July 20, 2018



The Housing Preservation Grants program provides grants to sponsoring organizations for the repair or rehabilitation of housing occupied by low and very low income people. Most state and local governmental entities and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. Individual homeowners are not eligible for this grant. Details and access to the application are available HERE. The maximum amount that can be requested is $101,288. Applications are due by 5 pm August 9th at the State Office in Champaign. For more information, call 217.403.6202.



Presented by Kenan Fikri, Director of Research at Economic Innovation Group Wednesday, July 25, 2018 | 10-11AM

Join us for a free Local Government Education webinar, Opportunity Zones on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, from 10AM – 11AM CST. Co-hosts for the online event include the Southeastern Alliance of Illinois and the Richland County Development Corporation. The Opportunity Zones program is a new economic development initiative established by Congress in the Tax Cuts and Job Act of 2017.  This widely-supported program encourages long-term investment and job creation in low-income urban and rural communities, by allowing investors to re-invest unrealized capital gains in designated Opportunity Zones.  Opportunity Zones will cover an overview of the program, explaining what it is and what it is not, how the program works, and what Opportunity Funds are allowed to invest in. REGISTER HERE



Researchers from the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois launched an online survey of dog owners. So far, they’ve received about 2,000 responses, but they need more. The survey is designed to capture the practices of pet owners in terms of their lifestyle, dietary choices, and food behavior, and how they translate those practices to their pets. Maria Cattai de Godoy, an assistant professor in companion animal and comparative nutrition, and graduate student Juliana Nogueira will analyze survey responses to better understand how humans make dietary choices for their dogs. “Pet foods have really diversified in recent years. The vast number of choices now available to pet owners stems mostly from the humanization of pets, and the closer animal-human bond we have developed with dogs and cats over the last several decades. However, very little empirical evidence is available on what dog owners base their decisions on, in terms of daily care and nutritional choices of their pets,” Cattai de Godoy says. The researchers may use the survey results to develop educational materials for owners about their dog’s nutritional needs and wellbeing. Published results from the research questionnaire may also assist the pet food industry in developing products tailored to owners’ habits and preferences, as well as dogs’ nutritional needs.



In the U.S., 24% of homeless people sleep outside, in vehicles or somewhere else not meant for human habitation, as outlined in a report from The Conversation newsletter. But that varies greatly from place to place: In California, 68% of homeless people are unsheltered, compared to just 5% in New York. Visitors to the West Coast may be shocked to find the tents that line cities from San Diego to Seattle. Like a modern-day “Grapes of Wrath,” the tents are a stark reminder of the suffering of the thousands living outside, homeless. For people who are chronically homeless and have disabling conditions, permanent supportive housing is highly effective. This type of subsidized housing offers supportive services, without the requirement that people be sober or engaged in medical care. Studies show that expanding permanent supportive housing has reduced the number of people experiencing homelessness in many parts of the country.




July 22-25, 2018 - Community Development Society Annual Conference

July 25, 2018 - Opportunity Zones

August 6-9, 2018 - Midwest Community Development Institute

August 8-9, 2018 - IRHA (Illinois Rural Health Association) 29th Annual Educational Conference

 August 9, 2018 - Housing Preservation Grants Program Application DUE