The Falmouth Housing Authority is getting a $259,471 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to repair and improve housing authority properties, according to an announcement from the federal agency.
The money was part of more than $50 million awarded in Massachusetts through the HUD’s Capital Fund Program.
“This funding is critical for housing authorities to maintain and improve public housing conditions for their residents,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan in a statement that also mentioned a “significant repair backlog" at public housing facilities.
According to the Cape Cod Times, the Falmouth Housing Authority manages 25 single-family homes and 277 apartments in multi-unit properties: Choate Lane Apartments, Tataket Apartments on Teaticket Highway and Harbor View Apartments and Salt Sea Apartments, both on Scranton Avenue.
The HUD grant money goes toward major improvements such as new roofs or making housing more energy efficient.
“Housing authorities in Massachusetts count on this funding to maintain and improve their public housing for many families, especially the most vulnerable – our seniors,” said Barbara Fields, the HUD New England Regional Administrator. “HUD is currently taking bold steps to preserve this affordable housing.”
The money was awarded based on a formula based on the number, type and age of units in the community, according to the HUD announcement.
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