Fulton Housing Needs Funds
The federal government is providing less funding for public housing in Fulton. The rent from residents pays for some of the cost, so does the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). But this year, HUD cut almost 18 percent of its funding for mid-Missouri.
Public houses in Fulton will spend another year without the funding planned for them.
"I haven't seen the exact amounts yet, but it is prorated, lower than what we're fully entitled to. It's been that way for several years now," Fulton Housing Authority Executive Director Matt Kuhl said.
In fact, public housing funding is down $1.2 billion since 2001. Despite the lack of funding, Fulton's public housing pays for small projects.
"Here was about five or six of us living in housing. We did it about three years ago, four years ago and it comes out nice. And housing supplied flowers," Fulton resident Richard Chambers said.
Officials say they are doing the best with what they have.
"We're pretty frugal on how we spend, so we've been over the past several years keeping a reserve. So that now money's a little tighter we have some flexibility," Kuhl said.
Housing authorities say when budget cuts need to be made, staff and maintenance are the first to go.