Urbana to discuss housing program, property leasing at next meeting

The budget for the HOME Consortium program, which helps low-income individuals acquire housing, will be discussed at the Urbana City Council meeting on Monday. Charlie Smyth, Ward 1, said the budget was cut by 16 percent and blamed the cuts on Republicans in Washington.

“The programs that are being cut affect the poorest of the poor,” Smyth said. “The Republican Party basically is trying, from my point of view, to make the poor poorer.”

The council will also vote on everything approved to go before it last week: three traffic ordinances, an ordinance leasing city property to the Urbana Park District, an ordinance allowing Windstream KDL to build fiber optic cables in Urbana and a resolution that would further the proposed construction of Olympian Drive.

Eric Jakobsson, Ward 2, will be sworn in at the meeting. Mayor Laurel Lunt Prussing had appointed Jakobsson to the seat vacated by David Gehrig. Jakobsson then ran unopposed in the April general election.