The head of the Housing Authority of Champaign County said the more than three-quarters of a million dollars the agency will receive from the federal government will help with needed repairs.
Housing authorities across East Central Illinois are receiving a total of nearly $4 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as part of that department's annual capital fund program. The Champaign County agency is receiving the second most funding in the area at nearly $874,000.
Executive Director Edward Bland said it's important to continue to upgrade the agency's buildings.
Bland added that about $280,000 of the funding will help with the cost of two housing construction projects planned for Champaign, including the Providence at Thornberry in the southwest part of the city. Construction on both projects could get underway in May.
Meanwhile, other area groups receiving funding are the Decatur Housing Authority, which is receiving the most among those in our area at more than $1 million. The housing agency in the City of Danville is being awarded nearly $676,000. The Vermilion County Housing Authority is receiving about $210,000.
Overall, more than $118 million is being distributed across the state to different housing authorities.