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 Monday night - The Rock Island City Council is considering whether to keep contributing to a program that helps arsenal employees find homes.

Rock Island Renaissance, a group working to revitalize Rock Island, is asking the city government to contribute $10,000 to the employer assisted housing program.  

Essentially - that's a program that 65 employers in Rock Island contribute to - helping their employees find homes.
     
That includes the Arsenal.

The Rock Island Arsenal doesn't have the ability to contribute to the program, because they are funded by the government.  

To date - 30 Arsenal employees have purchased homes with the help of this money - receiving about $6,000 to help buy a house.

And it's a benefit to the city too.

The President of  Renaissance Rock Island says those employees have generated nearly $3 million in real estate sales.
 
He says having the city contribute is just another way to make military members feel at home in rock island.  

"We feel that it's not only a resource, it's a just another way to say welcome to our community," explains Brain Hollenback. "It's a direct benefit that the city's contributing that is pooling resources with other employers. We think it's a good public-private partnership that we have in this community."

The council is expected vote to pick up that contribution.

The Community and Economic Development Department has already suggested approval.  

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