Rockford aldermen consider new non-profit to help homeless with affordable housing

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — A new non-profit in Rockford would aid people in finding affordable housing while helping the homeless in the city.

Monday, Rockford City Council considered creating a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO), but the ordinance was laid over.

A CHDO is a private nonprofit and community-based organization that develops plans for affordable housing.

Rockford aldermen say because the city has an obvious need, creating the group has been considered for months.

A CHDO would be able to apply for federal and state dollars to help with it’s initiative, such as buying old housing and redeveloping the property.

Supporters say this could be extremely helpful to domestic violence survivors and the homeless population.

Some aldermen believe CHDO grant money comes at a hefty price for the overall well-being of already struggling neighbors.

“What we don’t want to do is perpetuate concentrating poverty in the same areas,” said Fifth Ward Alderman Venita Hervey. “Unfortunately, that’s what these programs tend to do.”

“We really want to take a look at strategies where we decentralize the low-income in our cities and spread it out,” said Ninth Ward Alderman Bill Rose. “Make sure we’re not setting up people to fail.”

The CHDO request will be up for a full council vote again in two weeks.

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