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Peoria Housing Authority receives funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Peoria Housing Authority is receiving funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

It was part of an announcement from Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth. The two announced over $1.7 million in grant funding will be used to support 6 Illinois-based AmeriCorps VISTA projects, one of them coming from the Peoria Housing Authority.

The Peoria Housing Authority will receive close to $104,000 for 11 AmeriCorps VISTA members to help strengthen organizational capacity by developing outreach strategies, improving community partnerships, and creating a curriculum of workshops designed to increase economic independence. The project will increase the number of enrollments in self-sufficiency and early learning programs, benefiting a total of 65 families.

AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program designed to alleviate poverty in America. Members serve full-time for one year at nonprofit organizations, faith-based institutions, or local government agencies, multiplying their impact and building their capacity to carry out essential projects.

"For more than 50 years, AmeriCorps VISTA has provided valuable assistance and services to communities in need and [has] been pivotal in bringing people together who share a common spirit of giving back," says Senator Dick Durbin. "This funding will aid the great work being accomplished by AmeriCorps volunteers to help strengthen Illinois."

"Just as picking up a rifle to defend our country is 'American Service'," says Senator Tammy Duckworth. "So is delivering water filters to communities afflicted by lead-contaminated water, picking up a stick of chalk to reach low-income children or a hammer to rebuild homes for those devastated by natural disasters."

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