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Housing Authorities To Receive Boost

By: Matt Barbour Email
By: Matt Barbour Email

Officials with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently awarded more than seven and half million dollars to twenty-three counties, to help improve low-income housing in Southern and Eastern Kentucky.

Floyd County is set to receive nearly one million dollars in stimulus money to help out with low-income housing.

“This will go a long ways to improving the standard of living as well as modernizing many of these low income housing apartments, apartment complexes,” said Floyd County Deputy Judge Executive Barry Davis.

Rhonda Burchett is the Deputy Director at the Prestonsburg housing authority office, which is getting around 325,000 dollars.

“We're one of the oldest housing properties here in the county and so we can certainly use this for remodeling and upgrades and we'll have to do a needs assessment and we'll then prioritize from there,” said Burchett.

The city of Martin is set to receive around 234,000 dollars. Edith George lives at Grigsby Heights, a complex part of the city of Martin's public housing authority. She serves on the advisory board, which helps prioritize the complex's needs.

“We're very happy with it because we needed more funding. We need to build and replace an apartment and we need several things for the apartments,” she said.

“We have a long list, we have a plan that includes the next five years of items that we've determined that needed to be repaired, updated,” said Bruce Coleman, Executive Director for the Martin PHA.

He says some of those things include replacing refrigerators with more energy efficient ones, ultimately saving money. Overall, he says it will help in giving low income families, decent and safe housing.

“I'm just thankful to have a nice place to live and place for people to have a home that don't have decent homes,” said George.

She says she is excited to see the changes.

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