For More Information Contact:

Ashley Short, Special Projects Coordinator

217-378-7100 Ext. 5028


Champaign, IL. July 23, 2021. The Housing Authority of Champaign County’s (HACC) YouthBuild Program will hold its second Commencement Ceremony on July 24th, 2021, at 12:00 PM. Nineteen young adults will graduate with either a high school diploma, OSHA, Flaggers, or NCCER certifications. The Commencement Ceremony will stream on HACC’s YouthBuild’s Facebook page.

HACC’s Executive Director, Lily L. Walton, expressed the following remarks: As I reflect on the difficult year it has been for our community, it is wonderful to see that our YouthBuild program has continued to allow so many young people the opportunity to earn their high school diploma while networking and engaging with employers in pursuit of building a brighter future for themselves and their families.”

Board Chairman, Dr. Grant G. Henry, who spoke during the first ceremony highlighting the program’s early successes, stated: “We are so proud of the youth in our program. Some have to overcome many barriers to succeed, and are providing the necessary services they need to accomplish their goals”

HACC YouthBuild is a community-based, pre-apprenticeship program designed to offer a unique second chance to at-risk youth between the ages of 16 and 24 who are high school dropouts, adjudicated youth, youth aging out of foster care, youth with disabilities, homeless youth, and other disconnected youth populations. YouthBuild provides basic education, occupational training, and leadership development while addressing several core issues important to low-income communities: affordable housing, education, and employment. YouthBuild is funded through a grant from the United States Department of Labor.

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. 

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