The Crossett Housing Authority will receive more than $327,000 in federal funds to make capital investments in its facilities this year.
The funding was announced Feb. 17 as part of a package of more than $30 million committed to projects in Arkansas from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The full total the CHA is set to receive is $327,835.
Coming from the HUD Capital Fund Program, the funds are granted to public housing authorities for projects that modernize, renovate or otherwise build new infrastructure.
Crossett Housing Authority Executive Director Bettye Smith said the funds received are based on an annual submission that the housing authority sends to HUD.
“We review our five year plan, and those funds are earmarked for projects for each year of that five-year plan,” she said. “That is everything from water heaters to renovations to nails.”
The housing authority’s residential structures were built in the 1970s, and so there is a constant need for renovation, Smith said. Each year’s submission is voted on by housing authority residents.
“We try to do something to enhance something for everyone,” Smith said.
The HUD announcement says that the funding “is for dedicated housing to public housing residents to make sure they have adequate housing that is secure.”
“With this investment today, we are committing to work with our public housing authority partners to guarantee homes in public housing are worthy of the families and individuals who live there,” HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge said in the announcement.
Candace Valenzuela, HUD’s Southwest Regional Administrator, said that families are the bedrock of communities.
“Today’s investment ensures that we’re putting families and seniors in safe, sanitary, and decent housing and on the pathway for a better tomorrow,” she said.
“The work this money funds is the kind of investment Americans can be proud of and the kind that leads to radical change for good in our neighborhoods.”
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