More than $4.1 million in federal money will be used to upgrade public housing in Middle Georgia, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Monday.
The largest of the midstate capital fund grants is headed to the Macon Housing Authority, which is to receive about $1.65 million. Several other larger housing authorities also will get large sums, including Dublin, about $643,000; Warner Robins, about $488,000; Milledgeville, about $407,000; Eastman, about $253,000; Sandersville, about $171,000; and Fort Valley, about $114,000.
Housing authorities receiving five-figure grants include those in Byron, Hawkinsville, Houston County, McRae, Perry, Roberta and Sparta.
Marie Harris, executive director of the Roberta Housing Authority, hadn’t been notified that her agency had been awarded a grant of $78,916. She said the authority would develop a formal project when it gets notified of the money. Past grants have gone into roofing, as well as windows and other upgrades to improve energy efficiency in the authority’s apartments, she said.
Michelle Butler, executive director of the Eastman Housing Authority, said her organization will see what projects it can complete with the $252,883 it expects to receive. Past work has included energy efficiency. This year’s money is slated for security upgrades, but the specific changes haven’t yet been determined.
“We don’t do anything until we have the final notice” that a grant has been awarded, she said.
Efforts to reach the directors of the housing authorities that received the largest grants -- in Macon, Dublin and Warner Robins -- were not successful Thursday.
A 2011 HUD study estimated that the nation’s 1.1 million public housing units needed $25.6 billion in large-scale repairs, the agency said in a statement. More than $58 million was awarded nationwide Thursday.
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