Thousands of public housing units to receive facelift

Monday, March 17, 2014 - 8:31pm

The city of El Paso is getting a facelift, or at least part of it.

Five hundred million dollars will be spent over the next few years, rehabilitating thousands of public housing units in the city.

This is part of the Housing Authority of El Paso's conversion from Section 9 Public Housing to Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance through the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Program.

Out of the 60,000 units available nationwide, HACEP will convert 6,100 units, or just over 10% of the federal allotment, through RAD, making HACEP the largest public housing authority in the U.S. to engage in this initiative.

The project will impact thousands of El Paso residents, who will have to find a new place to live while the work takes place.

Work will begin in earnest next January. The CEO of HACEP, Gerald Cichon, visited our studios to discuss the project on Newschannel 9 at 6:30 on Monday night.

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