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Federal grants for public housing authorities in Southwest Missouri will provide funds for improving properties. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.
The 13 public housing authorities in Southwest Missouri have all received grants for capitol improvements from the U-S Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD.
Tom Barnett is the executive director for the housing authority in the City of Springfield, known as H-A-S Properties.
He explains how H-A-S Properties will spend its share of the grants, which totals more than 1 point 1 million dollars.
Barnett says each month, Springfield's public housing authority renovates on average about 20 apartments because of tenant turnover.
He says many of the apartments are in good shape but are in older buildings.
He says there are many needs.
Barnett says the Springfield housing authority serves about 15 hundred households in the city and there's a waiting list.
He says even though housing is relatively inexpensive here, there is a shortage of affordable housing in Southwest Missouri.
The 13 public housing agencies in Southwest Missouri received a total of 2 point 2 million dollars to modernize and improve public housing units.