Agencies respond to financial drain of quieted construction
Use of housing assistance, utility bill aid on the rise
As the economy continues to sputter and construction work remains slowed to a near halt, local agencies that help those in financial need have had their hands full.
At the McHenry County Housing Authority, the waiting list for Section 8 vouchers continues to grow, and people find themselves waiting 2½ to three years for housing assistance.
With the economy struggling, people are staying on housing assistance longer than before, said Julie Biel Claussen, executive director of the housing authority.
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