HUD Reg. VI No. 09-88
September 24, 2009
SAN ANTONIO HOUSING AUTHORITY AWARDED $5.3 MILLION IN HUD RECOVERY ACT GRANTS TO IMPROVE PUBLIC HOUSING FOR SENIORS, DISABLED
Grants will fund modifications, create jobs and enable most vulnerable citizens to live independently
FORT WORTH - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today announced a total of $5,350,593 in competitive grants to the San Antonio Housing Authority to make necessary improvements to SAHA developments that will specifically address the needs of seniors and persons with disabilities.
The Public Housing Capital Funds being awarded today are the last round of competitive funding available to public housing authorities through The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). Including today's grants, public housing authorities across the U.S. have received nearly $4 billion in funding through the Recovery Act to modernize public housing, enhance energy efficiency and create jobs, among other activities.
Nationally, today's awards will give 44 housing authorities the funding necessary to modify existing public housing units to make them fully accessible or to convert them to be used as space for service provision for seniors and persons with disabilities, thereby helping them to live independently. Housing authorities can also use this funding to improve community facilities to make such spaces accessible and to provide additional space for supportive services targeted to these groups.
"So often it's only the little things that can make a world of a difference to the elderly or someone in a wheelchair," said Donovan. "Now housing authorities can help many maintain independent lifestyles by lowering the kitchen cabinets and counters for the injured veteran or offering meals for the grandmother who has cooked many meals.
At the same time, this funding will help to create jobs and continue to jumpstart the economy."
The SAHA developments that received grants, and amounts, are as follows:
|VILLA HERMOSA/M McGUIRE||$265,528.00|
|JEWETT CIRCLE/G CISNEROS||$616,199.00|
|KENWOOD/GLEN PARK/PARK SQUARE||$303,218.00|
|FAIR AVENUE/MATT GARCIA||$1,020,682.00|
|LILA COCKRELL/SOUTH SAN||$136,767.00|