The Allentown Housing Authority (AHA) executes an annual calendar of renovation, rehabilitation and construction projects aimed at ensuring its residents receive housing that is energy-efficient, comfortable and modern in a safe and secure environment. The AHA works with a number of federal and state agencies and programs to undertake these projects through funding sources such as the Capital Fund Grant administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Affairs (HUD) and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).
Ongoing projects include a major rehabilitation at the Cumberland Gardens family development funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and will range from minor site improvements - such as erosion control measures, landscaping and wider sidewalks -- to major structural repairs and improvements such as floor replacements, door and window replacements, interior wall repairs, roofing, siding and new fixtures. Part of the Cumberland Gardens project expense was covered by the federal Stimulus Funds.
Also completed was an Energy Performance Improvement project that included $3.2 million in upgrades for properties throughout the AHA system. Energy costs-savings from the improvements are expected to pay back the total costs of the renovations over a multi-year period.
The Allentown Housing Authority works with outside contractors on many projects, bid openings and specifications can be found by going to the NAHRO e-procurement web site.