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Housing authority to put grant to work

The Gothenburg Housing Authority plans to put a $78,223 federal grant to good use.

The grant was included in $8 million headed to public housing authorities in Nebraska that will be used to make major large-scale improvements to their public housing units.

“We’re very tickled that we received the award,” housing authority executive director Anne Franzen said. “It will help pay for upgrades that are needed and will make things safer for clients.”

Locally, the grant will pay for replacement/repair of items at Hillcrest Housing and scattered sites that are several decades old including: driveways, sidewalks, garage doors, windows, appliances, flooring, storm doors, etc.

The grants are provided through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Capital Fund Program, which provides annual funding to all public housing authorities to build, repair, renovate and/or modernize the public housing in their communities.

“This funding will help housing authorities address long-standing capital improvements, but it only scratches the surface in addressing the deep backlog we’re seeing across the country,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. “Today, we are closer to helping housing authorities and our private sector partners undertake their capital needs over the long haul. With the passage of HUD’s 2012 budget, Congress gave HUD the go-ahead for a new, comprehensive and critical demonstration tool that we believe will help preserve and enhance America’s affordable housing, including public housing.”