The Housing Authority of the City of Kokomo offers affordable, safe, sanitary housing for low-income individuals and families. The organization relies heavily on federal funding to operate and maintain 550 units across multiple sites within the city. And like many federally funded groups, the housing authority has been forced to do more with less in recent years.
“The funding has been shrinking,” said CEO Deb Cook. “Every agency is challenged, but HUD (Housing and Urban Development) has been hit extremely hard, and we’ve just tried to make do and put out fires as best we can.” Many of the city’s facilities were in desperate need of infrastructure improvements - roofs, siding, plumbing, heating and lighting.