02192020CM0263EAST ST. LOUIS - To support communities hardest hit by COVID-19, State Senator Christopher Belt (D-Centreville) encourages organizations providing support services and resources to apply for a percentage of the $7.1 million worth of newly approved grants from the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority.

“Disproportionate neighborhoods have suffered the most from the COIVD-19 health crisis, Belt said. “In these communities, paying for basic necessities have become unmanageable and providing those communities with support to recover from the devastating losses is something the program will do.”

Read more: Belt encourages community-based organizations to apply for Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental...

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02252020HAO0929EAST ST. LOUIS – To help thousands of adult learners in Illinois enhance their reading, writing and math skills, State Senator Christopher Belt (D-Centreville) has announced Southwestern Illinois College will receive $36,000 in grants from the Illinois Secretary of State to support its adult literacy program.

“There is a direct relationship between low literacy levels and unemployment and poverty rates. These funds could help many learners improve their lives in the long term,” said Belt. “I also encourage local residents to volunteer as a tutor for these programs and contribute to their neighbors’ success.”

Adult literacy programs throughout Illinois will serve more than 13,500 students. Supported by $5.6 million in state funds, the programs will depend on nearly 6,000 volunteer tutors to provide skills training for students, according to the Secretary of State’s office. Adult literacy projects are focused on improving reading, writing and math skills for Illinois adults who read below the 9th-grade level or speak English at a beginning level. 

Read more: Belt announces $36,000 grant to local college for adult literacy program

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03052020CM0542CENTREVILLE - In an effort to ensure disadvantaged families receive meal assistance, State Senator Christopher Belt (D-Centreville) announced Wednesday that funding is available for organization that support children who are in need from the Child and Adult Care Program

“Reducing food insecurity among low-income children is a priority and core mission of our state,” Belt said.  “We want to continue to ensure our current reality does not hinder the meal assistance that many families rely on.”

The program assists child care centers, Head Start programs, before and after school programs, emergency shelters, and daycare home providers with funding to serve meals to children. All participating child care centers must provide meals to enrolled children at no additional cost.

The continuing COVID-19 pandemic has caused even more families to depend on federally funded nutrition programs. More than 1,000 child care centers across Illinois will be able to provide children with healthy meals.

Read more: Belt: Child and Adult Care Food Program funding now available

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01302019CM0487EAST ST. LOUIS - In support of the grocery store employees, gas station attendants and other minimum wage workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, State Senator Christopher Belt (D-Centreville) applauds the July 1 increase to the state's minimum wage.

“Our low-wage essential workers deserve to see a pay increase for their labor during the COVID-19 crisis,” Belt said. “And the many Illinoisans who have been laid off during the pandemic can count on a livable wage when they return to work.” 

Senate Bill 1 increases the state's minimum wage increases to $10 per hour on July 1. The legislation requires the wage to increase by $1 on Jan. 1 each year until it reaches $15 per hour in 2025. 

Read more: Belt backs July 1 minimum wage increase to support essential workers during COVID-19 crisis

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