Rental Housing for People with Special Needs

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois is making available $10 million in subsidies for landlords to provide safe and affordable rental housing for people with special needs.

Gov. Pat Quinn said Friday the money is available under the Rental Housing Support Program. The Democrat signed legislation last year allowing subsidies under the program.

Subsidies are available over 15 years to eligible landlords to help up to 150 households headed by a person with a disability.

The program is administered by the Illinois Housing Development Authority and funded with a $10 fee collected from real estate document recordings.

Quinn's office says many Illinois residents who rely on Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability Insurance don't earn enough even for shelter that's considered affordable rental housing.

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