Palm Beach County’s Department of Economic Sustainability has joined forces with the Palm Beach County Housing Authority and a private developer to renovate Covenant Villas, a 144-unit complex in Belle Glade.
The goal is to boost the number of affordable housing units in Belle Glade, one of the poorest communities in the county.
Covenant Villas was built in 1989 and, according to a county press release, is “in need of significant repairs.”
Only 40 percent of the complex is occupied.
The Housing Trust Group is the private developer working with various government entities to upgrade the complex, purchased for $22.3 million through low-income housing tax credits.
Commissioner Melissa McKinlay, whose district includes Belle Glade, praised efforts to purchase and renovate the complex.
“It is a testament to the proactive approach Palm Beach County takes to protect and grow affordable, safe, and healthy housing stock in the Glades,” she said.