Stimulus Funds Used to Improve Glendale Community Housing
Glendale Community Housing benefited in Spring 2009 from a stimulus formula grant, which was used to make energy-efficient improvements to 51 kitchens at the Lamar Public Housing Complex. The units were originally constructed in 1941 and have been continually in use since.
Prior to beginning the ARRA-funded project, one apartment was completed and Glendale Housing held an open house to invite the residents in to see how their new kitchens would look, and the residents were ecstatic, asking to have their kitchen completed first. Glendale Housing was able to complete the project in slightly over 30 days, due to a list of priority projects from the Capital Fund Five-Year Plan, as approved by HUD for federal funding use.
This $319,325 project included energy-efficient retrofits using low-flow faucets, American made kitchen cabinets and solid surface countertops. In addition to the Capital Fund ARRA money, additional ARRA funds through the CDBG program were used to purchase energy star appliances such as refrigerators and ranges.
With the use of these ARRA funds, 20 local jobs were retained or created as a result of this project.
After completion of the project, Glendale hosted a visit from Ron Sims, HUD Deputy Secretary, who said, “Glendale is an excellent example of money well-spent. Some places are struggling (with stimulus projects). Glendale is not.”
The best testimonial of the impact of the ARRA modernization is from a five-year public housing resident, Grace Johnson.
“Since I have lived in Lamar Homes, Community Housing has remodeled the kitchens. I really like the new look of the cabinets, back splash and countertops. It is easy to keep clean. I thank all of your staff for the great job they have done.”