Little City receives $1.5 million from state for vocational, residential needs

Daily Herald report
Updated 7/2/2019 3:40 PM

Palatine-based Little City it expects about $1.5 million in state funding to support residential needs for aging adults and its DuPage County vocational training center.

The nonprofit organization does not have any of its 15 community homes modified for the optimal safety and comfort of aging adults with developmental disabilities -- a growing need, as 65 percent of Little City's residential population is expected to be 50 or older by 2024.


Officials credited state Sen. Ann Gillespie of Arlington Heights and state Rep. Tom Morrison of Palatine with helping to secure the funding.

"Little City is thankful for the support and leadership shown by Sen. Gillespie and Rep. Morrison," said Shawn Jeffers, executive director of Little City. "Their prioritization of these important projects will help people with developmental disabilities integrate into the community, pursue fulfilling jobs and live in comfort and safety among their peers."

Since 1959, Little City has provided vital support and services to children and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities across the suburbs.

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