Housing Authority receives grant funds
Federal grants totaling more than $20 million have been awarded to Southern Illinois housing authorities.
The Union County Housing Authority is among the agencies receiving grant funds.
The awarding of the funds was announced Feb. 13 by U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Ill.
The grants were awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Capital Fund Program.
Bost said in a news release that the grant funds will be used for management improvements and the development, financing, and modernization of Public Housing properties.
Housing authorities in the region which received grant funding included:
Housing Authority of the County of Union: $904,569.
Alexander County Housing Authority: $1,184,351.
Housing Authority of Pulaski County: $273,671.
Housing Authority of the County of Williamson: $1,741,425.
Randolph County Housing Authority: $426,793.
Housing Authority of the County of Jackson: $2,038,230.
Housing Authority of the City of Marion: $828,621.
The funds received by the Union County Housing Authority will be utilized for kitchen improvements at units in Anna and Dongola.
Kelly Carter, the executive director of the Union County Housing Authority, said the work is planned during 2020.
“These resources help ensure that Southern Illinoisans who need it have access to safe, stable public housing,” Bost said in the news release which announced the funding.
“The heartbreaking circumstances of local residents subjected to substandard public housing are well-documented at this point. I am hopeful these additional resources will make those stories increasingly rare moving forward.”