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Federal funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development is going to support public housing in the state.
The funding is planned to help upgrade and modernize 30 public housing projects statewide, with each grant for each housing authority adding up to $17.6 million in total funding. It comes from the agency’s Public Housing Capital Fund Formula Grant Program.
“Ensuring West Virginians have a roof over their head and a warm place to sleep at night continues to be one of my top priorities. Thousands of West Virginians and millions of Americans are currently experiencing homelessness, and we must work together to combat this devastating issue,” Sen. Joe Manchin said in a joint statement with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito announcing the funding.
Approximately 1,238 people in the state experienced homelessness in 2022, according to an HUD report.
Some of the largest awarded grants include more than $3 million dollars to the Charleston/Kanawha Housing Authority, more than $2 million to the Housing Authority of Huntington and $1.5 million to the Housing Authority of the City of Wheeling.
The full list includes:
The HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher Program Funding Assignment for Homeownership Fees Program, awarded to the Charleston/Kanawha Housing Authority, would also see $200 per household awarded to cover homeownership closing fees for families switching from renting.