“We’re in competition with other facilities around the country for money for construction and repairs,” said Housing Authority of Cadiz Director Donna McNichols. “We get X-number of dollars per year to put in the best places for our needs. We’re going to bring everyone together, including residents, to discuss what we want to see in the community.” McNichols said that the funding in question comes from the United States department of Housing and Urban Development.
“We’re looking at the units to decide what has to be done, such as roofing. We’re not looking at adding flowers and trees if a major project is needed,” said McNichols. “In the past, residents have asked for additional lighting in the units. We’ve been able to put in playgrounds and add hookups for washers and dryers that were not in the units originally.”
McNichols said that with the input of residents, the Housing Authority creates a rolling five-year plan to reflect current and long-term plans for units in the complex. “We’re looking at putting the bulk of the amount into replacing entry doors and windows. If we have any left over we will do what the residents want. We have some money for emergencies, and are looking at providing storm doors and upgrading the heating of the units.”
See The Cadiz Record's Dec. 5 edition for the complete story.