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Written by Donna M. White   
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 08:06

Latest estimate shows national veterans homelessness fell by nearly 12 percent

WASHINGTON – U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki announced today that HUD will provide $83,870 to the Davenport Housing Commission in Iowa to supply permanent housing and case management for 15 homeless veterans in the state.

The permanent supportive housing assistance announced today is provided through HUD’s Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH), a program administered by HUD, VA, and local housing agencies across the country.  Read a complete local breakdown of the rental vouchers announced today.

“It’s a national disgrace that one out of every six men and women in our shelters once wore a uniform to serve our country,” said HUD Secretary Donovan. “But we know that by providing housing assistance and case management services, we can significantly reduce the number of veterans living on our streets.  Working together, HUD, VA and local housing agencies are making real progress toward ending veteran homelessness once and for all.”

“Under the leadership of President Obama, we have made significant progress in the fight to end homelessness among veterans, but more work remains,” said VA Secretary Shinseki. “The partnership between the federal government and community agencies across the country has strengthened all of our efforts to honor our veterans and keep us on track to prevent and eliminate veteran homelessness by 2015.”

This funding to local housing agencies is part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to end Veteran and long-term chronic homelessness by 2015.  Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness serves as a roadmap for how the federal government will work with state and local agreements to confront the root causes of homelessness, especially among former servicemen and women.

The grants announced today are part of $75 million appropriated for Fiscal Year 2012 to support the housing needs of approximately 10,500 homeless veterans.  VA Medical Centers (VAMC) provide supportive services and case management to eligible homeless veterans. This is the first of two rounds of the 2012 HUD-VASH funding.  HUD expects to announce the remaining funding by the end of this summer.

“These grants are reducing the number of homeless veterans in Iowa and one day we will see this travesty end,” said HUD Regional Administrator Derrith Watchman-Moore.

VAMCs work closely with homeless veterans then refer them to public housing agencies for these vouchers, based upon a variety of factors, most importantly the duration of the homelessness and the need for longer term more intensive support to obtain and maintain permanent housing.  The HUD-VASH program includes both the rental assistance the voucher provides and the comprehensive case management that VAMC staff provides.

Veterans participating in the HUD-VASH program rent privately owned housing and generally contribute no more than 30 percent of their income toward rent.  VA offers eligible homeless veterans clinical and supportive services through its medical centers across the U.S., Guam and Puerto Rico.


HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and  transform the way HUD does business. More information about HUD and its programs is available at and You can also follow HUD on twitter @HUDnews, on facebook at, or sign up for news alerts on HUD’s News Listserv.

Salvation Announces Emergency Disaster Training PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Holly Nomura   
Tuesday, 27 March 2012 12:49
Quad Cities, USA – This Saturday at The Salvation Army Community Center in Davenport, a

class will be presented to prepare local volunteers for deployment during a disaster. The class,

called “An Introduction to Emergency Disaster Services,” is open to all interested. Included in this

course are: jobs to be accomplished, command structure, and getting ready for deployment. This

is a hands-on, down-to-earth, no-nonsense class with the basics.

WHEN: Saturday, March 31, 2012, 9:00am – 3:00pm

WHERE: Davenport Salvation Army Community Center, 3400 W. Central Park Avenue, Davenport,

IA 52806

If you would like to attend or have any questions, please call Steve Garrington at 309-569-0660.

About The Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His

name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army

each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster

victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities

for underprivileged children. About 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 5,000

communities nationwide.

Rock Island Library Lines PDF Print E-mail
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Written by R.I. Public Library   
Tuesday, 27 March 2012 12:29
March 27 Civil War Program Canceled

Due to a emergency with our speaker, our Tuesday, March 27 program at 2:00 pm at the Main Library with  Civil War scholar Tom Emery, of Carlinville, IL, has been cancelled. This was previously announced as "Eddie: Lincoln's Forgotten Son." The event will be rescheduled in April, so stay tuned!

Children's Room Hosts Circa Cast Member

Circa 21 Theatre will bring a special story event to the Rock Island Main Library Children's Room, at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, April 2. The program features their upcoming children's play, Diary of a Worm, Spider and a Fly, based on the children's book by Doreen Cronin and illustrator Harry Bliss. The event will feature a story presented by actor Marc Ciemiewicz, playing the character of "Worm" and a related craft.


Is Spider getting too big for his own skin? Will Fly find her superhero powers in time to save her Aunt Rita from Peril? Will Worm learn to stand on his own feet ... even though he doesn't have feet? We invite you to take a look at the world from a bug's perspective. Perhaps you'll see that their lives are not all that different from yours! This exciting new children's musical is based on the popular books Diary Of A Worm, Diary Of A Spider, and Diary Of A Fly.


For show information, please contact Circa 21. The library event is free and open to the public.

Changes to April 5 Library Schedules
Due to a staff in-service, Rock Island Libraries will close at noon on Thursday, April 5. As a result, the independent movie previously scheduled for that night has been cancelled.
Spring Cleaning? Save personal papers for our Shred Day!

Four area libraries, including Rock Island, are again working together to offer Community Shred Days as part of Money Smart Week Quad Cities, April 21-28, 2012.

To use the service, patrons may just pull up and drop their materials in locked bins with bonded staff of Document Destruction Services and Recycling Services of Davenport.  All items will be secured and shredded off-site for confidentiality. No shredding is done onsite. The Rock Island Shred Day location is:

  • Saturday, April 28, 2012
  • 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street


April Art Show

A Tribute to Children of the Holocaust, Portrait Collages that Bridge the Gap Between Then and Now, by artist and educator Barbara Powers, will be on exhibit at the Main Library from April 9 to June 8.


The exhibit and Ms. Power's school visits are funded by grants from the Scott County Regional Authority and the Rock Island Community Foundation. The exhibit joins a number of Anne Frank and Holocaust remembrance events in the community planned by the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities.

Harkin Announces $83,000 to Assist Homeless Veterans in Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sen. Tom Harkin   
Tuesday, 27 March 2012 12:23
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that the Davenport Housing Commission has been awarded $83,870 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) program. VASH provides rental assistance under a supportive housing program for homeless veterans. Senator Harkin is a senior member of the Appropriations subcommittee that funds HUD.

“Veterans who have honorably served our country should, at the very least, have access to quality, affordable housing,” said Harkin. “I am pleased that this funding is going to Davenport to provide our local veterans with some assistance in obtaining independent living arrangements.”

Governor Quinn Secures SBA Disaster Assistance for Tornado Recovery PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Annie Thompson   
Friday, 23 March 2012 14:23

People, Businesses in Nine Southern Illinois Counties Eligible to Apply

for Low-Interest Loans


SPRINGFIELD – March 22, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that the state’s request for a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster declaration has been approved for nine counties in Southern Illinois that were hit by deadly tornadoes and severe storms on Feb 29.


The declaration makes low-interest loans available to homeowners, renters and businesses in the primary county of Saline, as well as the contiguous counties of Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Johnson, Pope, White and Williamson.


“I’m very pleased with the swift approval of our request for SBA assistance,” Governor Quinn said. “This is great news for many people and businesses who suffered devastating losses from the tornadoes and severe storms. The low-interest, long-term loans available through SBA will provide a much-needed helping hand as people repair and rebuild their homes and businesses.”


Governor Quinn submitted the request for an SBA disaster declaration on Wednesday after receiving word that the state’s appeal to FEMA for a federal disaster declaration had been denied. In his letter to the SBA, Governor Quinn affirmed that there are at least 25 homes and/or businesses that sustained uninsured losses of 40 percent or more.


“These low-interest loans from the Small Business Administration will be a big help for the people who lost homes and businesses to the terrible storms and tornadoes,” said Sen. Gary Forby (D-Benton). “The state of Illinois has been great. We're already doing a lot for these unfortunate families. I'm glad that the federal government is lending a hand, too.”


“Although I was disappointed that we did not receive a FEMA disaster declaration, I am happy that the SBA approved the Governor’s request for assistance so quickly,” said Rep. Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg). “These low-interest loans mean that the people of southern Illinois can put the devastation of last month’s storms in the past, and instead work on rebuilding and moving forward.”


“This SBA disaster declaration will help many people and businesses with their recovery efforts,” said Jonathon Monken, director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA). “I encourage people to contact the SBA to learn more about these loans.”



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