The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Local News

July 29, 2009

W.Va. gets $16.5 million for housing

West Virginia is getting $16.5 million in this year’s federal stimulus package to jump-start affordable housing projects, Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., announced Wednesday.

Money for the housing was provided through the $2.25 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and approved by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, allowing state finance agencies to resume rental housing projects in all 50 states.

“This money will re-energize the construction industry and provide for the production of thousands of housing units stalled by the current recession,” Byrd said.

“Not only will the funding allow those who are less fortunate to afford a roof over their heads, but it will create jobs across West Virginia — especially in the construction industry, which has been hit hard in these tough economic times.”

Rep. Nick Rahall, also D-W.Va., said lower income families are feeling the squeeze in a struggling economy.

“Not only do we know what having a home means to West Virginia families, but we also recognize that every cent we spend for affordable housing is an investment in our local economics and stronger communities,” he said.

Normally, tax credits provide an incentive for investors to provide developers with cash to build multi-family rental housing for low-income families.

Yet, as the credit market shrinks, traditional investors have been reluctant to invest, and the value of tax credits has fallen, leaving some 1,000 projects in limbo.

“Housing is a basic need that every American citizen has a right to obtain,” Byrd said.

“This funding will promote the development of housing for those that need it most,”

Sen. Jay Rockefeller, also D-W.Va., said the money will lead to more homes for families in need.

“This will help spur housing construction, create jobs and help strengthen our local communities, and that’s a good thing,” he said.

“This money comes at a good time and I hope it is put to use quickly.”

Text Only
Local News
  • pittsburgh rally 5,000 rally in Pittsburgh against EPA Clean Power Plan

    The echo of people chanting, “Hey, hey, EPA, don’t take our jobs away” could be heard in downtown Pittsburgh Thursday. The voices came from about 5,000 United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) members and their families, along with other unions such as the Boilermakers and the Brotherhood of Electrical Workers International (IBEW), marching through the streets.


    August 1, 2014 1 Photo 3 Stories

  • Alpha plans to idle coal workers

    Approximately 1,100 employees at 11 Alpha Resources-affiliated surface mines, preparation plants and other support operations in southern West Virginia got notice late Thursday afternoon that their jobs could be in jeopardy.


    August 1, 2014

  • New rules to fight black lung disease kick in today

    Joe Massie has spent the last 22 years of his life fighting a disease that takes his breath away, a disease he contracted deep underground in the coal mines over a period of 30 years.  Black lung may take away his breath; it has not stilled his voice.

    August 1, 2014

  • target red Zero tolerance Target Red campaign hopes to lessen intersection crashes

    It happens every day. A driver hurries on his or her way to work, school or maybe nowhere in particular. Just ahead, a green light turns yellow. With a little more gas, the vehicle just might be able to clear the intersection before that light turns red. Or maybe not. 

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • derby dames Beckley area Derby Dames to host WFTDA team Aug. 9

    The Beckley Area Derby Dames will face off against a WFTDA-certified team, the Harrisonburg, Va., Rocktown Rollers, Aug. 9 at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center. 

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • phil roop Artisans show off skills at String Band Festival

    The Appalachian String Band Festival celebrates the music of the mountains each year.

    August 1, 2014 2 Photos

  • Calendar — Friday, Aug. 1, 2014

    August 1, 2014

  • VA clinic to remain closed

    The Department of Veterans Affairs Greenbrier County Community Based Outpatient Clinic will remain closed due to ongoing correction of environmental concerns. 

    August 1, 2014

  • Beckley festival seeking vendors

    Taste of Appalachia is seeking restaurants, vendors, organizations and churches to participate in the Aug. 23 event. 

    August 1, 2014

  • 080114 FRI TWV multitalented teen.jpg Only 13, Shady Spring and TWV teen has big resume

    Well-rounded is an understatement for 13-year-old Rachel McNeel. 

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo