Grand Rapids, MI (WZZM) - The Grand Rapids Housing Commission is going to start spending economic stimulus money as soon as this April.
"To address the affordable housing need out there," says Housing Commission Chairman Carlos Sanchez.
The commission has over $850,000 worth of improvements planned for the Adams Park Apartments for elderly and disabled residents on Fuller Avenue.
"I think that is wonderful," says Adams Park resident Terrance Hickman. "It's long overdue."
"Doors, windows," says Sanchez. "Adams needs a new roof,"
The project will provide jobs, stimulate economic activity and help maintain affordable housing.
"Now I have extra money to really address some of these things," says Sanchez.
"Lot of things around here need upgrading," says Adams Park resident Rob Robinson.
As part of the stimulus package Grand Rapids will also get money to assist people facing eviction from a home or apartment.
Money to help pay rent, utility bills, security deposits and moving expenses.
It's part of an overall effort to reduce the number of residents who become homeless in the slumping economy.
"Thank you Mr. President, thanks very much, " says Rob Robinson.