The Pico Rivera City Council has approved spending more than half its $928,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant money on housing programs.
About $475,000 will go toward home repair loans and grants, with another $11,600 to the Fair Housing Council of San Gabriel, which monitors equal housing opportunity in the area.
The council also allocated $100,000 for the city’s $1.3-million Senior Center now under construction, and will contribute $15,000 as Pico Rivera’s share of costs for the Rio Hondo Temporary Home for homeless people.
About $45,000 of the federal money will pay for curb improvements to assist handicapped people, $50,000 for fixing up commercial buildings, $26,000 for code enforcement and $160,000 for general administration of the programs. The city will retain $46,000 in a contingency fund.