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Public Housing #2011-CF 143
Jane Goin
(303) 672-5440
For Release
July 12, 2011

Annual funding to housing authorities a down payment toward addressing $25.6B backlog in large-scale repair, renovation costs

DENVER - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today awarded $12,091,925 to public housing authorities in Colorado, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The funds will allow these agencies to make major large-scale improvements to their public housing units.

"HUD's Capital Fund Program provides annual funding to all public housing authorities to build, repair, renovate and/or modernize the public housing in their communities," said HUD Regional Administrator Rick Garcia. "The funding is essential and can be used to make vital improvements such as new roofs and energy-efficient upgrades, including geothermal systems and solar panel collectors that result in better utility cost management."

HUD funding for Colorado includes:

Adams County Housing Authority Commerce City $92,467
Aurora Housing Authority Aurora $256,631
Boulder Housing Partners Boulder $457,648
Burlington Housing Authority Burlington $44,698
Center Housing Authority Center $42,256
Conejos County Housing Authority La Jara $67,578
Costilla County Housing Authority San Luis $82,459
Delta Housing Authority Delta $111,316
Englewood Housing Authority Englewood $141,354
Fort Collins Housing Authority Fort Collins $211,021
Fort Morgan Housing Authority Fort Morgan $113,212
Holyoke Housing Authority Holyoke $40,096
Housing Authority for the Town of Cheyenne Wells Cheyenne Wells $35,713
Housing Authority of Antonito Antonito $42,242
Housing Authority of the City And County of Denver Denver $5,733,333
Housing Authority of the City of Alamosa Alamosa $281,076
Housing Authority of the City of Brighton Brighton $54,889
Housing Authority of the City of Brush Brush $37,261
Housing Authority of the City of Colorado Springs Colorado Springs $933,547
Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lupton Fort Lupton $97,821
Housing Authority of the City of Fountain Fountain $46,846
Housing Authority of the City of Greeley Greeley $121,303
Housing Authority of the City of Lamar Lamar $42,716
Housing Authority of the City of Pueblo Pueblo $1,188,210
Housing Authority of the City of Salida Salida $64,266
Housing Authority of the City of Sterling Sterling $157,374
Housing Authority of the City of Walsenburg Walsenburg $187,907
Housing Authority of the City of Wray Wray $54,675
Housing Authority of the County of Montezuma Cortez $48,143
Housing Authority of the Town of Aguilar Aguilar $25,650
Housing Authority of the Town of Haxtun Haxtun $30,531
Housing Authority of the Town of Holly Holly $22,022
Housing Authority of the Town of Keenesburg Keenesburg $24,163
Housing Authority of the Town of Kersey Kersey $20,739
Housing Authority of the Town of Limon Limon $54,071
Housing Authority of the Town of Yuma Yuma $64,275
Julesburg Housing Authority Julesburg $76,916
La Junta Housing Authority La Junta $136,674
Lakewood Housing Authority Lakewood $219,398
Littleton Housing Authority Littleton $187,875
Louisville Housing Authority Boulder $18,392
Loveland Housing Authority Loveland $94,589
Trinidad Housing Authority Trinidad $274,352
Wellington Housing Authority Fort Collins $54,220
  Colorado Total $12,091,925

"While this funding will certainly help housing authorities address long-standing capital improvements, it only
scratches the surface in addressing the deep backlog we're seeing across the country," said Donovan. "Housing Authorities need nearly $26 billion to keep these homes safe and decent for families, but given our budget realities,
we must find other, innovative ways to confront the decline of our public housing stock. That's why we introduced our new Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) as part of our comprehensive strategy to keep these homes on firm financial footing."

Sandra B. Henriquez, HUD Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing, added, "Unless we transform the way
we fund our public housing authorities, local managers will be increasingly forced to choose between repairing roofs, replacing plumbing, or worst of all, demolishing or selling their properties. We simply can't afford to let that happen."

Earlier this month, HUD released Capital Needs in the Public Housing Program, a study that updated the national estimate of capital needs in the public housing stock in the U.S. The study found the nation's 1.2 million public housing units are facing an estimated $25.6 billion in much-needed large scale repairs. Unlike routine maintenance, capital needs are the large-scale improvements required to make the housing decent and economically sustainable, such as replacing roofs or updating plumbing and electrical systems to increase energy efficiency. This study updates a 1998 analysis and includes costs to address overdue repairs, accessibility improvements for disabled residents, lead abatement, and water and energy conservation that would make the homes more cost effective and energy efficient.

Over the last 75 years, the Federal Government has invested billions in the development and maintenance of public and multifamily housing – including providing critical support through HUD's Capital Fund. Still, the nation continues
to lose thousands of public housing units annually, primarily due to disrepair. To protect the considerable Federal investment and respond to the growing demand for affordable rental housing, the Obama Administration has
proposed a comprehensive strategy to preserve this inventory. HUD's Transforming Rental Assistance Initiative will allow housing authorities to leverage public and private financing to address capital needs and make public housing units affordable for the long term.

In FY 2012, HUD is requesting $200 million for a Transforming Rental Assistance demonstration to rehabilitate federally subsidized affordable housing, including public and multifamily housing units. The Rental Assistance Demonstration would allow owners to continue to make standard life-cycle improvements to this inventory, modernize or replace obsolete units, and stem the loss of stock from private sector partners choosing to opt-out of affordable housing programs. The funds used to bring 255,000 properties into a reliable, long term, project-based rental assistance contract will enable public housing authorities to raise more than $6.1 billion in private financing to reduce the large backlog of capital repair needs and in the process, support significant job creation in communities across the country.


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