Illinois to receive $1.3M to help house homeless veterans

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill.  — Federal officials are giving Illinois nearly $1.3 million to help find permanent housing for 155 homeless veterans in the state.

The money comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The rental assistance was announced last week.

In Illinois the money will go to housing authorities in Chicago and Cook County, Joliet, Peoria, Springfield, Rock Island, Rockford and Waukegan. The largest amount, more than $900,000, will go to the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago. Nearly $140,000 will go to the Hines VA Medical Center in Chicago.