• What is a substantial percentage to target DHS' priority populations?

    Projects that target a min of 10% or over 51% of their total units to the State's target populations.

  • Is there anything that prohibits potential applicants from targeting ex-offenders?

    Ex-offenders are not broken out separately as a priority population within the Comprehensive Housing Plan but are assumed to be within the other categories.

  • Is there anything that prohibits potential applicants from targeting ex-offenders along with homeless and persons with disabilities?

    Ex-offenders are not broken out separately as a priority population within the Comprehensive Housing Plan but are assumed to be within the other categories.

  • Define the following DHS populations: TANF, HSP Need, PUNS, Individuals, LQ TANF Recipients, LQ Children receiving childcare, LQ Food Stamps?
    • TANF - Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
    • HSP Need - Housing Support Project
    • PUNS - Priority Unmet Needs System
    • Individuals with SMI in NF - Severe Mental Illness in Nursing Facilty
  • How do we identify HSP unmet need and PUNS total need in our county?

    Identified per county in Supplemental Attachment 4 of the Plan Amendment

  • Can you describe community-based housing for priority populations?

    Accessible/adaptable units, smaller group homes (non-institutional), permanent supportive housing).

  • Is supportive services for special needs populations an acceptable cost for NSP?

    No, NSP funds can not be used to cover supportive services.

  • Is Second Chance Act Clients a DHS population?

    Yes, previously incarcerated individuals are a DHS priority population.

  • Will NSP funds cover remodeling for accessibility for persons with disabilities?

    Yes, under the Homebuyer and Rental Program, NSP funds can be used to rehabilitate abandoned or foreclosed homes in order to make them more accessible/adaptable for persons with disabilities.

  • Will NSP funds assist with the down-payment of property for special needs populations?

    Yes, through the Residential Financing program, NSP funds can be utilized to provide downpayment assistance to special needs populations.

  • Is a proposal more likely to be funded if it targets a larger population versus smaller group homes for 2-4 people?

    State is looking to fund projects that will have the greatest impact within communities throughout the State.

  • "Will there be a list of properties that are developed with NSP funds that rent to individuals with special needs?"
  • The State hopes to launch a new Housing Locator program for such a service in Summer of 2009.
  • Are full points awarded if you target one of the identified populations?
  • No, applications will be scored on all aspects of the proposal as outlined within the RFP, targeting a priority population does not guarantee full points.
  • What does "Live Near Work" mean?
  • "Live Near Work" refers to a priority within the Illinois Comprehensive Housing Plan to provide affordable housing near or within job-rich areas of the State or near transportation to those areas.
  • What does "Preservation" mean?
  • "Preservation" refers to a priority within the Illinois Comprehensive Housing Plan to preserve existing units of affordable housing that are in danger of being lost or becoming unaffordable.