Governor Announces Affordable Housing Initiative

Gov. Pat Quinn says Illinois will build or rehabilitate nearly 1,500 affordable housing units statewide, including homes in Marion.

The Chicago Democrat said in a statement Monday the apartments will ensure working families, seniors and people with disabilities have quality, affordable housing.

The work will be financed through a federal housing tax credit and the Illinois Housing Development Authority's Preservation Now program.

Residents must earn at or below 60 percent of the area median income to qualify for the units. 

Units also are planned for the Bloomington-Normal area, Chicago, Aurora, Edwardsville, Galesburg and Springfield.

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