HUD: $250k to improve Newport News public housing safety

Marshall Courts public housing will upgrade its security cameras and lights (Photo credit: Google Maps)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – The Marshall Courts Apartments will get a security facelift after receiving a governmental grant for almost $250,000.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development gave about $500,000 to two Virginia public housing agencies to address security needs through updating systems like alarms, deadbolt locks and surveillance.

Marshall Courts, the 349-unit plot at 741 34th St. will use the $245,000 to purchase new cameras and lighting equipment. It’s one of 12 properties under the Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s supervision,

Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority was the other Virginia group awarded a quarter-million dollars. They plan to spread out the money over five properties to install new lighting systems.

HUD said in a press release it wants these grants to help fight crime and drug activities. Nationwide, $3 million has been award to 13 public housing authorities.

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