TAMPA, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – The city of Tampa has been awarded nearly $ 2 million to invest in one of its affordable housing programs.
On Wednesday, January 12, 2022, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it will distribute more than $ 100 million to non-profit organizations and state and local governments to protect children and families from health risks at home.
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The city of Tampa will dedicate these funds to its home rehabilitation program, and more specifically to pay for home inspections and a new set of repairs that address health risks in the home.
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Through this program, eligible homeowners can receive repairs and replacements worth up to $ 50,000 that bring their homes into compliance with the city’s Florida Building Code and Housing Quality Standards. The work includes roofing, air conditioning, electricity and plumbing. Not only will the extra HUD grant cover the initial inspections where health hazards have been identified in the home, but it will also expand the program to include mold remediation, lead-based paint and radon.
“Helping families stay in their existing homes is part of our affordable housing initiative,” said Mayor Jane Castor. “This program has allowed us to improve living conditions and bring peace of mind to hundreds of homeowners who otherwise could not afford to pay for expensive repairs. We are delighted to hear about HUD’s generous grant and are excited that it will also result in more robust and sustainable home furnishings. “
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During the fiscal year 2021, 42 homes received repairs through the city’s Owner Resident Rehabilitation Program. The HUD subsidy is expected to cover the repair of a further 90 homes.