QUINCY (WGEM) - The Quincy Housing Authority received a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s 2021 capital fund awards to help with its properties.
Officials with the housing authority said the $1,071,528 will be used for projects at several QHA properties.
The money will be used to install new front doors at the Indian Hills apartments and build a retaining wall at the Lampe apartments on Broadway.
This big grant allows more work to be done.
"Obviously that means we can do so much more in terms of maintenance and modernization with out units. Many housing authorities have very old public housing units. The older it is, the more expensive it is to take care of, the more needs exist in order to be able to take care of that," said Jerry Gille, Quincy Housing Authority executive director.
Constructions workers surveyed their plans at the Lampe apartment complex Tuesday and are set to start work on a retaining wall project Wednesday morning.
Officials with the housing authority say they have to act fast when they get grant money of this amount.
"We’re required to have that money obligated within two years – obligated means under contract. Many of these projects have to be bid out, so we’ll develop a plan and bid them out and that money will have to be fully expended in our years. There’s no compromise, there’s no wiggle room on that," Gille said.
It’s not just the Quincy Housing Authority that was given grant money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Housing Authorities in Adams, Hancock, Brown and Pike Counties all received grants. The full amounts are listed below:
- Quincy Housing Authority received $1,071,528
- Pike County Housing Authority received $464,072
- Housing Authority of Adams County received $242,868
- Housing Authority of Brown County received $$118,977
- Hancock County Housing Authority received $58,868