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Senators and representatives in Washington have teamed up through efforts to give back to the Mountain State. 

U.S. Senators Joe Manchin, and Jay Rockefeller, both D-W.Va., along with U.S. Representative Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., on March 19 announced housing projects across the state will receive about $7.9 million through the Public Housing Capital Fund Program.

The Capital Fund Program provides annual funds to Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) for the development, financing, and modernization of public housing developments and for management improvements. The modernization of public housing projects may include replacing obsolete utility systems with new technology and equipment, establishing computer centers in and around public housing facilities through Neighborhood Networks initiatives and addressing maintenance needs.

"These funds will help us care for our neighbors in need, ensuring that all West Virginians have a place to turn for support," Manchin said. "These important projects offer hope to West Virginians who are struggling through difficult times, with the ultimate goal of helping individuals rise above their challenging circumstances and making a fresh start.

Rockefeller said one way to improve the growth in the state is to invest in communities by upgrading public housing facilities.

"Across West Virginia, housing projects provide a home for our most vulnerable populations and those who need a hand when trying to get back on their feet," Rockefeller said. "I'm especially pleased the funds will help grow the Neighborhood Networks initiative – this will help break down the technology barrier that has long existed among low-income communities."

Rahall said with the funds West Virginia cities can modernize housing unites and improve their living conditions.

"For our elderly and families in need, we ought to invest in safe and decent housing so that they can get back on their feet and continue to work toward economic independence and self-sufficiency.," Rahall said. 

The following housing facilities were awarded grants:

  • Charleston/Kanawha Housing Authority- $1,817,428
  • Clarksburg/Harrison Housing Authority- $375,998
  • Fairmont/Morgantown Housing Authority- $175,049
  • Housing Authority of Benwood and McMechen- $194,311
  • Housing Authority of Boone County- $91,371
  • Housing Authority of Mingo County- $56,654
  • Housing Authority of Raleigh County- $79,441
  • Housing Authority of the City of Beckley- $279,750
  • Housing Authority of the City of Bluefield- $202,753
  • Housing Authority of the City of Buckhannon- $104,740
  • Housing Authority of the City of Dunbar- $112,121
  • Housing Authority of the City of Elkins- $92,715
  • Housing Authority of the City of Grafton- $226,197
  • Housing Authority of the City of Huntington- $1,048,480
  • Housing Authority of the City of Keyser- $104,611
  • Housing Authority of the City of Martinsburg- $339,122
  • Housing Authority of the City of Moundsville- $269,918
  • Housing Authority of the City of Mount Hope- $173,359
  • Housing Authority of the City of Parkersburg- $175,947
  • Housing Authority of the City of Piedmont- $108,519
  • Housing Authority of the City of Point Pleasant- $180,800
  • Housing Authority of the City of Romney- $76,105
  • Housing Authority of the City of South Charleston- $138,230
  • Housing Authority of the City of Spencer- $133,797
  • Housing Authority of the City of St. Albans- $97,093
  • Housing Authority of the City of Weirton- $122,894
  • Housing Authority of the City of Weston- $55,781
  • Housing Authority of the City of Wheeling- $622,894
  • Housing Authority of the City of Williamson- $277,507
  • Housing Authority of the County of Jackson- $192,684