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Housing Authority Funds

DANVILLE -- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is giving one-hundred and twenty million dollars in funding to agencies in Illinois.

Almost seven-hundred thousand is coming to the Danville Public Housing Authority.

Much of that money will go to further upgrades to Merche Manor, a senior - disabled site.

The capital funds from 2011 and 2012 went towards the project.

This year, DHA is getting less money than previous years but officials say the money they do have will be put to good use at Merche Manor.

Greg Hilleary is the Executive Director at DHA and says, "New kitchen cabinetry, and new flooring and obviously new painting.  These units already have new windows, new air conditioners, stoves and refrigerators and ceiling fans.  They'll also get a new drop ceiling."

Because of the dollar amount, other properties will see only small amounts of funding for minor projects.

More renovations will likely still need to take place at Merche Manor even after funds are used form the capital appropriations grant.

The Vermilion County Housing Authority is also getting capital appropriation funds.

That agency will receive two-hundred and thirty-five thousand dollars.

ABC NewsChannel 15's Heather Good Reports