Racine to receive $2.08 million in federal pandemic aid to address housing issues | Local News



As nurse Tina Lovely watches, Dwayne Baker pumps his fists on March 27 after receiving his COVID-19 vaccination at a pop-up clinic presented by Ascension All Saints Hospital at the HALO homeless shelter in Racine.


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The cities of Racine and Kenosha are expected to receive approximately $ 4 million and are among 11 Wisconsin communities to benefit from a federal $ 5 billion grant program to expand affordable housing and services.

US Department of Housing and Urban Development officials announced Thursday that 651 fellows, including states, “island areas” and local governments, would receive some of the additional funding from the US Bailout Bill, through the federal agency’s HOME Investment Partnership Program Housing is provided.

Inadequate affordable and safe housing for all residents has long been a problem. The city of Racine passed robust housing reforms in late 2019 – projects that have largely been delayed as governments continued to focus on the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Jonathan Fera, spokesman for US Senator Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis, Racine plans to secure $ 2,080,178.

About $ 41.9 million, or less than half of the total Wisconsin grant, would cover unqualified communities. These are usually cities with fewer than 50,000 inhabitants (excluding municipalities that are already part of a statistical metropolitan area) and rural districts with fewer than 200,000 inhabitants.

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