HUD increases last year's funding for Lubbock by more than $300,

HUD increases last year's funding for Lubbock by more than $300,000

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Last year the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development allocated $642,000 to the Lubbock Housing Authority. This year, that number increased to $986,000. Todd Steelman of Lubbock Housing Authority says it's hard to predict what each unit will receive. 

"HUD has a huge formula when it comes to figuring out how much you get for each unit. They take in age, the size, what it's made of, and things along those lines," Steelman said.

Steelman says the next focus is to work on some basic, but necessary repairs.

"The heating and air conditioning is a big priority. This is Texas, in West Texas we get 100-plus degree days. The painting is also important," Steelman said.

With the spike in funding, certain residents benefit more than others.

"We give a preference to the elderly and the disabled, but also the working families. If they work at least twenty hours per week, they get points and move up on our program," Steelman said.

Once the paperwork is done, the funds will be available. Steelman says the timetable is sometime in either September or October.

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