Taking part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Williamson Terrace's reopening of 16 apartments were front row from left: Fire Chief Jerry Mounts; WHA Executive Director Vicki Lusk; City Council members York Smith and Connie Rockel; WHA Vice Chair Jacqueline Branch; WHA board member Ricky Wilkerson and Pete C. Minter, HUD field office director, Charleston; in back row are Council member Sherri Hairston Brown and Mayor Darrin McCormick.#
Pete C. Minter, field office director for that federal agency, Charleston, conveyed those congratulations to the Williamson Housing Authority as he spoke during an open house and dedication program at Williamson's 71-year-old single-family housing facility, 1026 Vinson St.
said when Williamson Terrace was shut down because of its physical condition in 2001, "it greatly concerned HUD
that there would be 38 less affordable rental housing units available to low-income families in Mingo County.
"Over the last eight years," Minter
observed, "the local Housing Authority did not receive sufficient funding from HUD
to do the needed renovation to reopen Williamson Terrace and meet the ongoing annual cost of maintaining the other housing properties owned by the Authority."
said passage in 2009 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) provided the Williamson Housing Authority
with additional HUD
funding that enabled the Authority to realize its dream of reopening Williamson Terrace.
"The $442,572 in ARRA funding, coupled with the annual Capital Funds the Authority receives (Lusk listed that amount as $346,473) has enabled the Authority to reopen 16 of the 38 apartments," Minter
said in his
review of the project.
"I believe this represents Phase I of a long-range plan of the Housing Authority to restore all 38 apartments in this property."
In touring the apartments, Minter
was impressed with the Housing Authority's
planning of the apartment renovations, use of energy efficient products and quality of work by the contractors.
"The 16 units that have been completed truly provide citizens in Mingo County with safe, decent and affordable housing," he
In final comments, Minter
commended the local Housing Authority for timely expending all its ARRA funding.