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Durbin Announces Over $1.7Mil in Grants for Community Service Organizations

December 16, 2010. U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced today that the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS) has awarded roughly $1,720,000 in funding to 10 Chicago nonprofit organizations working to expand economic opportunities. Grantees will use this funding to help low income families boost their earnings, reduce expenses, and make better financial decisions.

CNCS is a federal agency that leads President Obama’s national call to service initiatives and engages more than 5 million Americans to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering.  Today’s funding was awarded through the Local Initiative Support Corporation which is a national nonprofit organization that combines corporate, government, and philanthropic support to help community residents transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities of choice and opportunity.
The following Humboldt Park organizations will receive funding under today’s announcement:

• Humboldt Park Social Services: $140,000 in funding to prove long-term, intensive services to clients, as well as ongoing follow-up and tracking to ensure clients are meeting financial stability outcomes. Humboldt Park Social Services expects to help 48 clients obtain employment, 63 improve their net income, and 35 improve their credit scores.

• Safer Foundation: $125,000 in funding to establish a new financial opportunity center to assist residents of East Garfield Park, Humboldt Park, and the Near West Side achieve economic stability. Safer Foundation expects to help 150 clients obtain employment, 100 improve their net income, and 75 improve their credit scores.