pexels oleg magni 2058147CHICAGO — The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) announced more than $2 million in awards to Southside organizations that provide support to communities most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic Monday, and State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) is hopeful about the opportunities the new funding will provide.

“Facing the pandemic is hard enough no matter who you are,” Hunter said. “But when you are trying to re-enter society under these conditions, life can be unbearable. That is why I’m glad that these organizations exist to help ease the reentry process and provide those who were formally incarcerated with housing and other resources they need to stay afloat.”

Funding priorities were determined by an ICJIA ad hoc committee of criminal justice practitioners, policymakers, and community representatives. Grants were awarded to organizations in geographic areas where residents have been disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Community-level data on positive COVID cases, unemployment, housing and reentry was considered in funding decisions.

ICJIA awarded grants to the following recipients, (including two in the 3rd State Senate District):

Agency Award
Children's Advocacy Center of Illinois  $904,575
Cook County Sheriff's Office (reentry housing)  $458,198
Illinois Association of Court Appointed Special Advocates $886,595

Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault  $1,017,272
Lake County Crisis Center DBA A Safe Place $1,042,358
Monroe Foundation $398,211
Roseland Community Hospital Association $474,136

The Network: Advocating Against Domestic Violence
Urban Growers Collective $165,930
Wayside Cross Ministries $284,717


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