Nearly $8 million in funding announced

U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with U.S. Representative Nick Rahall, announced that housing projects across West Virginia will receive a total of $7,926,269 through the Public Housing Capital Fund Program, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Among the facilities that were awarded grants are: Housing Authority of the City of Buckhannon -$104,740; Housing Authority of the City of Elkins – $92,715; and Housing Authority of the City of Weston – $55,781.

The Capital Fund Program provides annual funds to Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) for the development, financing, and modernization of public housing developments and for management improvements. The modernization of public housing projects may include replacing obsolete utility systems with new technology and equipment, establishing computer centers in and around public housing facilities through Neighborhood Networks initiatives and addressing maintenance needs.

“These funds will help us care for our neighbors in need, ensuring that all West Virginians have a place to turn for support,” Manchin said. “These important projects offer hope to West Virginians who are struggling through difficult times, with the ultimate goal of helping individuals rise above their challenging circumstances and making a fresh start.”

“One way we can continue to grow and improve our communities is to invest in upgrades to our public housing facilities. Across West Virginia, housing projects provide a home for our most vulnerable populations and those who need a hand when trying to get back on their feet,” Rockefeller said. “I’m especially pleased the funds will help grow the Neighborhood Networks initiative this will help break down the technology barrier that has long existed among low-income communities.”

“With these funds, our cities can modernize housing units and improve living conditions, which benefits our communities and neighborhoods and bolsters the economy for everyone,” said Rahall. “For our elderly and families in need, we ought to invest in safe and decent housing so that they can get back on their feet and continue to work toward economic independence and self-sufficiency.”