Peoria housing project earns place in national report
While building four single-family homes for low-income residents on Northeast Monroe Street, Peoria’s Community Development Department found its affordable housing efforts featured in a nationwide report to Congress recently.
The local project was described in A Place to Call Home, produced by the National Low Income Housing Coalition and the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding. Peoria's efforts were accomplished with support from Habitat for Humanity.
Both Washington, D.C.-based groups focus on social justice, affordable housing and community development funding for lower-income families and communities.
“The first home was a Women’s Build (75% constructed by women) with 200 women volunteers,” the groups wrote in their report. “Two homes are occupied, one is nearing completion and one is about to be constructed.”
Peoria’s HUD HOME Investment Partnerships program (HOME) also provided funds for the work, the report said.
The City of Peoria Community Development Department advises in the areas of urban planning, zoning, neighborhood development, grants management, building inspections and code enforcement to abide by City Council goals and to maintain the quality of life for Peoria’s citizens, the department says on its Facebook page.