Edgefield Manor, just south of downtown Nashville, has been awarded $2.6 million in grant money to help renovate the property from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The money is part of $11 million for Tennessee from The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to increase energy efficiency, upgrade public housing and create jobs here, HUD announced Wednesday.
Across the country HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan awarded $500 million in competitive grants — provided through the Recovery Act and targeted 134 housing authorities.
The Tennessee award targets additional affordable rental housing and transforming existing public housing into ‘green’ living spaces. The agencies will have resources to install new energy efficient technologies to conserve energy, such as Energy Star appliances, high-efficiency boilers/furnaces and programmable thermostats or controls.
“The grants being awarded today should give hope to families across the country that more affordable housing opportunities are on the way,” said Donovan. “This Recovery Act funding will not only give housing authorities the resources they need to jump start production of affordable housing, but it will also reduce energy costs and mitigate negative environmental impacts, while creating much-needed 'green' jobs across the country.”
Knoxville’s Dr. Lee Williams Senior Complex received the state’s largest share — $6.5 million. Housing projects in Bristol, McMinnville and Kingsport got funds as well.