HUD Region VI-09-38
March 26, 2009
HUD SPEEDS $72 MILLION TO LOUISIANA PUBLIC HOUSING AUTHORITIES TO IMPROVE HOUSING
$3 billion in Recovery Act funding nationally will increase jobs, promote energy efficiency
NEW ORLEANS - Just over a month after President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 into law, the U.S. Department of Housing and
Urban announced today that, subject to HUD approval, 102
public housing authorities in Louisiana can begin spending $72,894,140 to make significant improvements to
thousands of public housing units. Nationally, HUD is informing 3,122 local housing authorities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands that a total of nearly $3 billion in spending can begin
on a backlog of previously underfunded capital improvement projects.
"President Obama has given us the mandate to put this money to work quickly so it can make a real difference in
the lives of Americans," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. "HUD is working overtime to get this money to our housing authorities so they can repair and produce critically needed affordable housing, create jobs, and improve
the quality of life for their residents."
Recovery Act funding provided through HUD's Public Housing Capital Fund Program is effectively more than doubling the Department's annual
support of local housing authorities to improve their public housing stock. Allocated through an established formula, this funding will allow
local housing agencies to address the long-standing capital needs of public housing, create jobs, and increase energy efficiency. HUD will
shortly make an additional $1 billion available
in capital funding that will be awarded to housing authorities through a competition.
HUD's Capital Fund Program provides annual funding to public housing authorities to develop, finance, and/or modernize the public housing in their communities. This funding can be used to make large-scale improvements such as new roofs and for the replacement of plumbing and electrical systems to increase energy efficiency.