Herald Times on 1/7/2020 by Emily Ernsberger
The Bloomington Housing Authority is looking for contractors to help complete a $7 million renovation project for more than 100 public housing units.
Over the course of 18 months, 116 units in the Rev. E.D. Butler and Walnut Woods complexes will be renovated.
Rhonda Moore, capital assets manager for the Bloomington Housing Authority, said the housing authority is working to extend its services to rental assistance demonstration. This is a means for programs under the Department of Housing and Urban Development to seek more stable funding and make improvements to homes.
In total, 56 apartments in 16 buildings at the Rev. E.D. Butler community and 60 apartments in 11 buildings at Walnut Woods will be renovated. The project will happen over the course of 18 months, Moore said, and eight to 10 apartments will be renovated at a time.
“We are allowing the units to become naturally vacant as people move out, and we aren’t reoccupying a unit until after the renovations are complete,” Moore said. “We will pay to have any residents relocated, and they have the right to return.”
Last March, it was announced that the 312 public housing units in the city all will be renovated within the next five years because of the switch in federal funding allocation.
Due to the switch to a rental assistance demonstration program, the Bloomington Housing Authority will be able to generate funding through tax credits to pay for the renovations. This is a type of voluntary program that less than 60,000 units across the nation are allowed to be a part of at a time. The program also allows for housing authorities to have conventional mortgages and borrow private money, according to the federal HUD website.
The local housing authority will be able to give vouchers, and will have a more stable funding source as opposed to the annual operating fund given by HUD they have been using.
An information session with business registration and contractor training will be 2-4 p.m. Jan. 14 at the South Central Indiana Small Business Development Center at 501 N. Profile Parkway.
Brenshore Development Corp.will be the head contractor for the project. Subcontracting work needed includes drywall installation, painting, insulating, carpentry, cleaning, roofing, flooring, moving and HVAC mechanic work.
Brian Payne from CDFI-Friendly Bloomington will be present to help identify lending options.
Residents or potential contractors with questions may contact Moore at 812-545-7053 or firstname.lastname@example.org.