Tampa roofing contractors could benefit from stimulus bill

According to the Tampa Bay Business Journal, the Tampa Housing Authority will receive more than $10.5 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The funds will allow for upgrades and renovations, including roof and window repairs, painting and new heating systems.

"The construction industry has been particularly hard-hit in this downturn, so it's great that roofers, electricians, painters and carpenters will be needed and hired for this work," say U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Tampa). "It's also critical that this money is going to improve the lives of so many of our neighbors by improving their homes. This will help the housing authorities alleviate the existing backlogs of needed repairs and upgrades."

The housing authority of St. Petersburg, Fla., will receive $1.3 million in funding from the bill, and the housing authority of Bradenton, Fla., will receive $632,000.