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Madison County Community Development

130 Hillsboro Ave.
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Executive Director: Walter Hunter
Telephone: 618-692-6200
Fax: 618-692-7022
Website: www.co.madison.il.us/CommunityDevelopment/CommunityDevelopment.shtml

People Served: 11,500
No. of Employees: 39
No. of Volunteers: 0
Service Area: Madison County

Success Story

Eanista and her family were forced out of their home due to insufficient income. Laiton, her spouse, had lost his job and both parents struggled to pay the household bills and take care of the three children. The family was forced to separate after Eanista had become pregnant. Eanista and her children sought shelter at the Good Samaritan House of Granite City.

While trying to provide for her children, Eanista was also completing her Master’s Degree, and at the same time working as a substitute teacher in the Hazelwood School District. Eanista and her children were referred to Madison County Community Development for placement in the Transitional Housing Program. The family was able to reunite once they had been placed into the Transitional Unit.

Laiton was able to find a job through the help of Stephanie, his case manager. She assisted in him obtaining the necessary resources as well as employment training. Eanista was able to maintain her responsibilities to graduate school and earned a Master’s Degree in December of 2009. She is planning on a graduating in May of this year with her Teaching Certification. Eanista received help through CSBG funding in order to obtain this certification, and she continues to work in the Hazelwood School District.

Through the help that Eanista and Laiton received from CSBG funding both were able to get car insurance. Moreover, both were able to receive gas in order for them to get back and forth to school and work. This continued until the two were able to maintain cars on their own. Laiton has been employed full time since December 2009.

The family has come a long way with help from the Madison County Transitional Program. Due to their own willingness to achieve what they always dreamed of, this family is on their way to becoming self-sufficient. They have shown how hard work and determination pays off.


Architectural Barrier Removal, Community Development Block Grant, Community Gardens, Community Services Block Grant, CSBG Scholarship Program, Economic Development, Emergency Assistance, Emergency Homeless Services Program, Emergency Shelter Program, HOME Program, Homebuyer Assistance, Housing Counseling, Housing Development, Housing Rehabilitation, Ilinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, Public Facility Repair and Improvement, Transitional Housing for Homeless Families, Lead Abatemont and Education on Lead Hazards.