The Warren County Housing Authority held an open meeting at Kinzua Towers Thursday to explain its annual and five-year plans.
Executive Director Jetta Bishop said people can see the line items the authority is working on.
"We answer questions," she said. "Sometimes we get a lot of people."
Residents at the Housing Authority properties receive a lot of the information available at the meeting, Bishop said.
"A lot of times they already know it," she said. "It's an ongoing process to improve our facilities."
Warren County Commissioner John Bortz said housing is a critical interest in the county.
"When there are individuals who need a transitional aspect, the Housing Authority provides a great deal of dignity and respect they may not otherwise have," he said.
Bortz said he was pleased to see the plans on display come to completion.
Bishop said the plans detail the work items the authority plans to do with the capital funding it received.
"The money comes from (U.S.) Housing and Urban Development," she said. "The money is used for capital improvements."
The money covers items not provided for in the operating budget, Bishop said.
"Recovery money will be used for energy-efficient items," she said, such as boilers, windows and refrigerators.
"The current ones are not as efficient," she said. "Most of them are at least 20 years old."
Bishop said the authority wants the items to work better longer.
"We'll be happy with 25 percent of energy bills saved," she said. "In western Pennsylvania we have either hard or mild winters."
Fuel costs could go up if there's an increase in gas consumption, Bishop said.
"Boilers at Allegheny Village and Brokenstraw Center will be 95 percent efficient," she said.
All of the windows were recently replaced in the Kinzua Towers, Bishop said.
"The windows were expensive," she said. "We were waiting for funding. We've wanted them for a couple years. We're anxious to see how they perform."
Each room has three windows, Bishop said.
"The disruption to residents was minimal," she said. "They were in and out within a day."
Residents are content with everything, Bishop said.
"Since we're able to maintain things well, we've kept up with stoves and refrigerators," she said. "They don't have much of a wish list."