WAUKESHA - About
$358,000 in federal money was allocated Wednesday to projects
that repair and upgrade homes and apartments of local low-income
residents and property owners.
Development Block Grant Board voted to award federal funds to
finance three projects:
* The Hebron
House of Hospitality to repair its Hillside and Gander housing
* City of
Waukesha Redevelopment Authority Housing for rehabilitation
* Habitat for
Humanity for acquisition of vacant lots in Waukesha.
was awarded $78,010 to repair its housing facilities that
contain a total of 12 living units. Required repairs include
roofs, decks, windows, paint, walls and railings, according to
the agency’s application.
house former homeless individuals and their families. Many of
the residents have physical and mental health disabilities. The
board ranked this project as having the greatest need among
those that applied for federal housing aid.
project in the ranking was the city’s redevelopment authority.
It was awarded $250,000 to finance repairs and upgrades to
owner-occupied homes on the White Rock Avenue and Main Street
gateways into downtown.
Scott Allen said the home improvements would help central city
homes present a better image of the city as visitors travel
through those gateways to go downtown for such popular events as
Freeman Friday Night Live.
An area in
which the redevelopment money will be targeted is the Phoenix
Heights neighbor, a subdivision in the central city that was
built on a former industrial brown field, the application says.
Board members Waukesha Alderwoman Joan Francoeur and Larry
Nelson, a county supervisor and former Waukesha mayor, said they
valued the top two projects because of the missions to
rehabilitate existing housing.
project was awarded $30,000 to purchase two vacant city lots for
the future building of affordable homes.