For More Information Contact:

Ashley Short, Executive Assistant

217-378-7100 Ext. 5028

ashleys@hacc.net

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HOUSING AUTHORITY OF CHAMPAIGN COUNTY’S SENIOR RESIDENTS RECEIVES COVID-19 VACCINE

Champaign, IL. March 8, 2021. The Housing Authority of Champaign County’s (HACC) in partnership with the Champaign-Urbana Public Health Department will be vaccinating the senior residents and essential staff members on March 9-15, 2021. This would ensure that seniors with low-income, who have been disproportionally affected by COVID-19, will be vaccinated in the vaccine distribution process.

The high-density environments in senior affordable housing place HACC’s buildings at a high risk for rapid COVID spread. With many residents in mid 50s and 60s, such spread would surely result in a very high number of lengthy hospitalizations and death. Many affordable senior housing sites have populations that mirror those in assisted living settings and even nursing homes and need the vaccinations urgently.

“Equity and access to support services is the driving force of our community housing strategy, vaccine doses must go directly to those who need them most,” Interim Executive Director, Lily Walton said. “That’s why we’re meeting our most vulnerable where they are, providing vaccines to our HACC seniors right in their own communities.”

For more information, please contact the Housing Authority of Champaign County at (217) 378-7100.

About the Housing Authority of Champaign County: The Housing Authority of Champaign County (HACC) is a municipal corporation organized according to the Illinois Housing Authority Act. The jurisdiction of HACC includes all incorporated and unincorporated areas of the county of Champaign, Illinois. In 2010, HACC became one of only 39 public housing authorities in the country to be designated as a Moving to Work (MTW) Agency. Today, HACC has had extensive development and management experience and developed over $100 million of new affordable housing through mixed financing methods. Besides, HACC has administered over 1,200 tenant-based vouchers, a homeownership program, and a rental assistance program for homeless veterans. HACC also administers a multitude of resident support and service programs under various HUD and non-HUD grants. 

For emergency COVID-19 related updates, please visit us at https://hacc.net/emergency-updates-covid-19/. For social media updates, please visit us on Facebook at Housing Authority of Champaign County, Housing Authority of Champaign County Enrichment Foundation, and Housing Authority of Champaign County YouthBuild. For more information visit www.hacc.net and for questions/concerns, please contact concerns@hacc.net or 217-378-7100 ext. 5001.