A multi-million dollar grant from the federal government aims to improve Utah’s public housing.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded Utah public housing authorities just over 2.2 million dollars Thursday. The money will be used over the next few years to make major improvements to public housing units around the state.
Money for housing authorities came in the form of a Capitol Fund Grant, which supports large-scale improvements such as roof and plumbing repairs as well as building updates for increased energy efficiency.
In a statement released yesterday, the Secretary for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Shaun Donovan, said the department is doing what's possible.
“This funding is critical for housing authorities to maintain and improve public housing conditions for their residents,” Donovan said.
Housing authorities who received the most funding this year include Salt Lake City, Provo, Ogden and Davis.
Nationwide, 1.2 million families live in public housing.
To see the breakdown of the award, visit the U.S. Housing and Urban Development website.