The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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March 20, 2014

W.Va. to receive nearly $8 million for housing

CHARLESTON — West Virginia will receive nearly $8 million for public housing projects from the Public Housing Capital Fund Program.

The program, administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, provides annual funds to Public Housing Agencies for development, financing and modernization of public housing developments for management improvements.

Modernization includes replacing obsolete utility systems with new technology and equipment, establishing computer centers in and around public housing facilities through the Neighborhood Networks initiative and addressing maintenance needs.

The Housing Authority of Raleigh County received a $79,441 grant, the Housing Authority of the City of Beckley received $279,750 and the Housing Authority of Mount Hope received $173,359.

Sens. Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller and Rep. Nick Rahall said these funds will greatly help the state.

“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,” Rahall said. “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.”

Manchin agreed that these funds will help “neighbors in need” and will offer hope to residents who are “struggling through difficult times.”

Rockefeller added, “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.”

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