SLO Housing Authority gets $231,000 grant for repairs

mfountain@thetribunenews.comMarch 20, 2014 

The Housing Authority of the City of San Luis Obispo received more than $231,000 in federal grant funding Wednesday that will be used for improvements to some of the more than 700 units owned and operated by the organization.

The Housing Authority was awarded the funds by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Capital Fund Program and will be used to install energy-efficient, double-pane windows and heating and cooling systems, as well as new roofing, to units that are up to 50 years old and in need of repair, HASLO Executive Director Scott Smith said Thursday.

“Housing is so fundamental to a person’s well being that helping those find it is one of the most important things we can do,” Scott said.

HASLO applied for the grant in September, and though the award was approximately half of what was applied for, Scott said the organization was thankful for the resources to renovate some of its aging properties.

The capital fund provides support annually to public housing agencies for capital and management activities, including modernization and development of public housing. The fund also allows agencies to use the grants for financing housing developments that include public housing.

About 800 families, senior citizens and special needs residents depend on HASLO resources every month countywide.

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