HUD has awarded more than six-million dollars to Illinois. The grant funds will help public and assisted housing residents find employment and connect with needed services. It will also help the elderly and people with disabilities maintain their independent living. The money allows the grantees to retain or hire case workers to work directly with these HUD-assisted families to connect them to the supportive services that meet their individual needs. The money is going to the towns of Carbondale, Lebanon, Champaign, Rockford, Aurora, Rock Island, Kankakee, Peoria, and the Chicagoland area. Macoupin, Menard, Greene, Henry, and Lake counties will also receive some of the money.