CHICAGO – Continuing his efforts to ensure that housing remains accessible to the most vulnerable Illinoisans, state Rep Curtis J. Tarver II, D-Chicago, was recently named as House Speaker Emanuel ‘Chris’ Welch’s appointment to the state’s Rental Housing Support Program Funding Allocation Task Force.
“As we continue to emerge from the pandemic and endure rising inflation, we have to make sure that all of our communities’ housing programs are fully funded and capable of addressing people’s needs,” said Tarver. “With the surge in the cost of living, it is critical that we continue to develop and refine our state’s strategy to solving the housing crisis.”
Earlier this week, Tarver was named as Welch’s appointee to the taskforce, where he will serve alongside 14 other members, consisting of legislators, housing providers, tenants and other local, county and state level public policy makers and stakeholders. The taskforce will meet multiple times during the year and is responsible for determining state funding levels of local rental assistance programs throughout the state. While the taskforce endeavors to keep funding levels the same, they can be reduced or changed if a program fails to meet required standards or greater need is demonstrated elsewhere.
“I am committed to continuing to work with all stakeholders throughout the state to tackle Illinois’ rental housing challenges,” said Tarver. “When people and organizations representing different viewpoints come together to create policy, they are able to reach better outcomes for everyone. I am excited to get to work on behalf of the people and work with my taskforce colleagues to author good policy.”
To find rental housing resources near you, please visit the Illinois Housing Development Authority’s website at https://www.ihda.org/rental-housing-main/rental-housing/.