The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded nearly $33 million to 29 public housing authorities in Washington for major capital improvements.
HUD officials in Washington, D.C., said this week the money also will stimulate the economy and create jobs.
The federal money can be used to make large-scale improvements such as new roofs and to make energy-efficient upgrades to replace old plumbing and electrical systems.
The Housing Authority of Pasco and Franklin County is to receive about $493,000, and the Kennewick Housing Authority will receive almost $292,000.
Alan Hanks, Othello Housing Authority executive director, said they will receive about $110,000 this year.
The grant will be used to add new roofing and siding for some of the authority's 55 public housing units, he said. They will also start replacing some of the appliances in the units.
Hanks said the annual allotment helps the housing authority keep its 40-year-old housing looking much younger.
"It allows us to keep it in really good shape," he said.
The housing authority of Seattle got $13.6 million. The housing authority of King County received $6 million and the housing authority in Tacoma got $3.8 million.