Federal Investment Helps DeKalb County Seniors
Batavia, IL – August 24, 2010 – (RealEstateRama) — Today, Congressman Bill Foster (IL-14) joined representatives from the DeKalb County Housing Authority to celebrate the completion of the water pipe replacement project at Golden Years Plaza, which received $551,289 in stimulus funding to complete this long overdue renovation.
“I’m pleased to see the stimulus here at work in DeKalb County – this project helped to create jobs and also helped to update and preserve Golden Years Plaza for current and future residents,” said Foster. “This long overdue renovation had to be performed soon in any case, and doing it now when our economy needs the jobs makes perfect sense. While there is still much work to be done to put people back to work, it is important to celebrate the local victories that are helping to propel our economy in the right direction.”
The DeKalb County Housing Authority received stimulus funds to help pay for a major plumbing renovation at Golden Years Plaza, in which old and worn out galvanized pipe was updated with new copper pipe throughout the 91,000 square foot building. This project was important to the preservation of a significant community asset. Since its construction in 1970 the building has provided affordable housing to well over 1,000 senior and disabled households.
Brett Brown, Executive Director of the DeKalb County Housing Authority, said, “Providing decent, safe and affordable housing for elderly and disabled families is a real community value. Investment of stimulus funds in this building helps the economy, but it also is a very cost effective way to provide assistance to 150 residents. Golden Years Plaza will provide quality, affordable housing for years to come.”