ADAMS -- The Adams Housing Authority (AHA) will receive $10,384 in state-allocated funding to repair a badly damaged vacant apartment unit.
Last week, Gov. Deval Patrick's administration announced that $2.2 million would be made available to 33 statewide local housing authorities -- including the $10,384 to Adams -- to assist in the reoccupying of vacant, state-funded public housing units.
A similar effort to fund low-income housing was made last year.
AHA was the only agency in Northern Berkshire to receive the grant funding.
AHA Executive Director Richard Hamblin said locally the funding will go to a three-bedroom apartment on Route 8 in Adams that was damaged by a previous tenant. AHA only submitted a single application, he said.
"We were lucky to be in a position to access these funds," Hamblin said.
The funding will replace broken windows. There will also be kitchen, wall and other repairs, he said.
He said the policy is a useful resource for local housing authorities.
Projects are only eligible for funding if they have been vacant for more than 60 days and if they have required capital repairs with costs estimated between $2,500 and $25,000. The units must be repaired and reoccupied by March 31, 2013.
Construction is already under way, Hamblin said, but the state will reimburse the Housing Authority -- which will allow AHA to keep the funding in the operating budget.
A newly enacted state policy would also withhold state subsidies to housing authorities with units vacant for more than 60 days, but Hamblin said that AHA would not be affected.
There are about 300 low-income units in Adams, Hamblin said.