Housing authorities receive federal grant funds

Sonny Long

July 14, 2011 at 2:14 a.m.

About half of the Victoria Housing Authority's units will receive some needed maintenance as the result of grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The Victoria Housing Authority will receive $428,327 from the HUD Capital Fund Program, according to a news release from the agency.

Roger Clark, the housing authority's maintenance supervisor, said the planned work includes putting in new water shutoff valves at the Crestwood property, re-roofing four buildings, curbs and driveways at the Lova Drive development, vinyl siding on units at Leary Lane and improvements on some of the senior citizen properties.

In all, 150 units of the housing authority's 321 units will receive improvements.

Several other Crossroads area housing authorities were also awarded federal grant funds for improvement projects.

"We appreciate all the help we can get. There is so much that needs to be done," said Sandra Steinmann, assistant executive director of the Yoakum Housing Authority.

Roofing and foundation work are among the plans for the $100,787 that has been awarded to Yoakum.

"These grants will be a welcomed boost to the economy of South Texas," said U.S. Rep. Ruben Hinojosa, who announced the grant awards for District 15 in a news release.

"The funding being used for the construction and renovation of homes will not only create jobs in our communities, it will also meet the demand for public housing."

Housing authorities in Texas were awarded a total of $79,846,448 in grant funds.



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