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State housing proposal is ready

With the charge of making sure that the $600 million spent annually on state housing programs is targeted to residents most in need of assistance, a task force has put the finishing touches on the first statewide housing plan.

The plan, to be released Monday, tries to coordinate efforts of more than a dozen state agencies that use state and federal dollars to run housing-assistance programs aiming to keep low-income families in their homes, the homeless off the streets and seniors and disabled people living independently.

The plan does not include new resources for housing, but "it's quite different from us working apart in our own silos to try to develop our own housing programs," said Kelly King Dibble, chairwoman of the task force and executive director of the Illinois Housing Development Authority.

Gov. Rod Blagojevich appointed the affordable-housing task force in 2003, giving members a year to develop a statewide plan.

Robin Snyderman, housing director for the Metropolitan Planning Council and a task force member, said that in a practical sense, the plan will make things easier for the people the state depends on to help create affordable housing: developers, mayors and planning commissioners.

"It's been so uncoordinated in the past," Snyderman said. "For developers, it's having all these different places where they could go for dollars, and now to know there's a table where all the state agencies are working together, it's going to create efficiencies."

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