The Utah State Division of Community Development has been asked to release federal funds for low- and moderate-income families in south-central Utah whose homes need improvements to meet building codes.

The funding will be through grants and the cost will be determined by annual house inspections, according to Sheila G. Peterson, state environmental certifying official. The New Horizons Crisis Center in Richfield will receive the funding.The Richfield Housing Authority, which has completed an environmental review, requested the release of the rehabilitation and acquisition funds. The funding is authorized through the federal Housing and Community Development Act.