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Upgrades: Quincy Housing Authority gets biggest grant since 1999


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Over $1 million is on its way to the Quincy Housing Authority.

It's one of several public housing authorities in central Illinois to receive funding from the federal government.

U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin, both of Illinois, announced the federal funding on Thursday to develop, finance, and modernize public housing properties.

Executive Director Jerry Gille said this money is the Quincy Housing Authority's largest grant since 1999.

It will be used to replace exterior doors, bath tubs and heating units.

Gille said those items have faced very tough wear and tear throughout the years.

The Quincy Housing Authority has 409 housing units stretched across five sites in the Gem City.

Gille said the buildings need lots of money, work, and time to maintain.

"These, particularity heating units, in the units like Indian Hills are boiler heating type systems, which goes through a very old and dated register unit that's along the baseboard. It's all baseboard type heat, we just think it would provide better accommodations for tenants if we could figure out a way to remove all of that, said Gille.

Gille said the Quincy Housing Authority buildings were built almost 80 years ago.

He said they're safe, but they do require upkeep.

The Quincy Housing Authority isn't the only public housing set to receive federal funding in our area.

Money also is on the way to public housing in Morgan, McDonough, Pike, Adams, Scott, Brown, Cass, and Hancock counties.

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