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HUD sends $2.5 million to Wilmington for affordable housing

 Robert C. Weaver Federal Building, headquarters of the Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C.
Robert C. Weaver Federal Building, headquarters of the Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C.

On the heels of a new affordable housing report, the city of Wilmington is getting a financial boon aimed at addressing the housing crisis.

The City of Wilmington is set to receive $2.5 million in funding for affordable housing from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The agency announced a total of $5 billion in funding for recipients across the country.

The allocation is part of the American Rescue Plan, which passed through congress last month as a COVID-relief bill.

The City of Wilmington said in a statement to WHQR that the funding will “undoubtedly have a positive impact in our community,” although exact plans are not yet available. The city is waiting to receive guidance from the federal government before determining how to use the funding.

A statement from HUD said the money can be spent on development of affordable housing, rental assistance, supportive services, and acquisition and development of non-congregate shelters.

Wilmington is required to spend the $2.5 million by 2030.

Kelly Kenoyer is an Oregonian transplant new to the East Coast. She attended University of Oregon’s School of Journalism as an undergraduate, and later received a Master’s in Journalism from University of Missouri- Columbia. Contact her on Twitter @Kelly_Kenoyer or by email: KKenoyer@whqr.org.