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Homeless population in Rockford continues to decline

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Homeless population in Rockford continues to decline

Despite the state's eviction moratorium ending more than two weeks ago, Rockford's homeless rate is declining rather than rising

ROCKFORD (WREX) — With the Illinois eviction moratorium expiring more than two weeks ago, some expected a rapid increase of the Stateline's homeless population. However, Homeless Program Coordinator with the City of Rockford says the opposite is happening.

She says the city has about 130 homeless people which is lower than this time last year as well as this time in 2019.

Walker says this continued progress is thanks largely to the city staying proactive to help people who are eligible.

"We actually have a person that works in eviction court," Walker said. "If we're in court and we see someone who might lose their housing due to funding that they need, we can try to step in and try to help them."

Both Rockford and Winnebago County have helped hundred of families with emergency rental assistance programs with the county's program director April Richardson saying the county in particular has handed out millions to help keep families off the street.

"So far with the program we've paid almost 3.7 million dollars in assistance," Richardson said. "We've been able to help the majority of applicants who are under the 50% below median income in Winnebago County."

So far, the program has helped keep 608 households off the streets.

The county's assistance program still has money to help people, but those who need that help in the near term future need to at least start the application by October 15. The program will reopen in December.

For the Rockford's assistance programs, click here.

For Winnebago County's programs, click here.

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William Ingalls is the Investigative Reporter at WREX. He joined the team in 2019 as a photographer after graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and English from Augustana College. William was born and raised in Rockford.

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