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City Requests $1.7 Million in HUD Funding For a Suite of Local Affordable Housing Programs

The city is requesting a $1.73 million in funding from Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to finance a wide series of programs aimed at improving the city’s affordable housing.

A release from the City of Alexandria said the funding would go to improvements under the Rental Accessibility Modification Program (RAMP). RAMP provides accessibility modifications to rental units occupied by low and moderate income tenants at no cost to the tenant or landlord.

“These modifications may include the renovations of bathrooms and the installation of grab bars and comfort height toilets; altering or installing new sinks and vanities; replacing standard showers and baths with walk-in or roll-in showers and the installation of shower seats; altering shower heads and controls, and other necessary modifications to increase accessibility,” the city said. “Other renovations may include kitchen modifications such as lowering sinks, installing stoves with front mounted controls, replacing standard refrigerators with ADA compliant units, replacing drawer pull handles, and other necessary modifications to increase accessibility.”

Improvements could also include structural modifications, like widening doorframes for wheelchairs, lowering shelving, and more. Some improvements could take place outside the home, with ramps or low-rise steps and handrails.

The Alexandria Neighborhood Stabilization Program (ANSP), one of the other programs listed in the funding requests, purchases properties that are in foreclosure or short sale and then renovates them.

“The properties are then sold to qualifying first-time homebuyers,” the city said. “The interior renovations can range from the renovation and replacement of kitchens, bathrooms, and HVAC systems to carpet replacements, plumbing repairs, drywall replacement and painting.”

The last program listed, Home Loan Rehabilitation Program (HRLP), uses funds to rehabilitate condominiums, row houses, townhomes and single-family homes occupied by low and moderate income homeowners.

“The aims of the HLRP are to bring properties up to code, increase accessibility, increase livability and extend the life of the property,” the city said. “To do this, a wide variety of rehabilitation activities may be undertaken on almost any building system or component of the home.”

The city said the funding will be requested on or around Friday, August 31.

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