Colorado Springs' public housing grant takes another cut

By Jakob Rodgers Published: August 8, 2013 | 6:30 pm 0

Funding for the maintenance of more than 700 housing units overseen by the Colorado Springs Housing Authority took another dip Thursday.

The local agency received $768,421 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to an announcement by the federal agency.

The was another decrease in funding for the local agency, which has seen capitol improvement grant money drop by nearly one-third since 2008, when it received $1,137,857, said Chad Wright, executive director of the housing authority.

As a result, Wright said the agency has repaired items that typically would have been replaced.

"We've had to get very good at prioritizing where we allocate those funds, what they go to," Wright said.

The agency overseas 707 public housing units across Colorado Springs. That figure has remained stable despite the implementation of sequestration - the across-the-board automatic budget cuts that went into effect on March 1.

The agency has reduced its workforce by 14 percent since this time last year, Wright said.

"We're very proud of the fact that people haven't lost housing, but it's inhibited our ability to provide new housing," Wright said.

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