Durham gives housing authority money to offset slow federal funds

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — Durham City Council has awarded the city’s housing authority almost $1.2 million for projects that aren’t getting funding from federal authorities.

During a special meeting Monday, the housing authority CEO said $800,000 will go to pay the development costs of past projects and $390,000 will go to future projects this fiscal year.

He said the authority hasn’t been getting enough money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“HUD readily admits that they are $27 billion behind in capital funding,” said Durham Housing Authority CEO Anthony Scott. “We’re some portion of that $27 billion. This is allowing us to renovate our properties or completely rebuild our communities in a way that we wouldn’t be able to otherwise.”

After getting the grant Scott said his team will work to make sure a deficit like this doesn’t happen again.

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