The Housing Authority of Monroe County will receive just over $700,000 in HUD funding to help improve and maintain affordable housing options throughout the area.


On Wednesday, Feb. 19, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08), who serves as a member of the House Appropriations Committee, announced that the Housing Authority of Monroe County is slated to receive $700,029 from the Public Housing Capital Fund, a program run by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.


In April 2019, the Housing Authority was awarded $657,142 from the same fund.


As a whole, Cartwright’s district received more than $23 million for public housing projects through multiple programs for 2020.


"The work our local governments do to support affordable housing is invaluable, and this support from the federal level will help that work continue," Cartwright said. "These funds will keep our neighborhoods strong and ensure vulnerable residents, including the elderly and those with disabilities, have a place to call home."


According to Housing Authority of Monroe County executive director Linda Kaufman, the funding will likely be utilized in maintaining their 300 public housing units spread across Hawthorne Terrace, Avon Court, Westgate Apartments and several other properties.


"That money is earmarked for capital needs improvement," Kaufman said. "What we have going on right now are new roofs, possible new boiler systems, upgrades in our camera systems, and general overall upgrades on different aspects of all of our public housing units."


Kaufman said that while the properties are consistently maintained by the Housing Authority, routine wear and tear necessitates such funding in order to keep the buildings in proper shape.


"That’s really what the challenge is for all housing authorities: to make sure that as the years progress, things get upgraded so everything remains in safe, decent order for people to live in," Kaufman said.