Major renovations planned for Covenant Villas in Belle Glade

BELLE GLADE, Fla. -- Six months after Palm Beach County stepped in to stop the foreclosure of Covenant Villas,  the aging, affordable housing complex in the 600 block of Covenant Drive, significant renovations are being planned.

In 2005, Hurricane Wilma and the subsequent economic downturn led to the deterioration of the 26-year-old complex, Edward Lowery, director of the Palm Beach County Department of Economic Sustainability said.

More than 80 of the 144 units at Covenant Villas are vacant and in need of repair.

The renovations are being financed through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development HOME Investment Partnership Program.

The $500,000 award will pay for major renovations, Lowery said.

"Safe and decent affordable housing is particularly critical for the Glades, which suffers from high poverty and unemployment," Jess Santamaria, a county commissioner said. "This project furthers the county's commitment to improve housing conditions and overall quality of life issues."

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