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HUD Region V No. 12-018
Laura J. Feldman
(312) 913-8332
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For Release
February 10, 2012

Congress gives approval to test HUD comprehensive affordable housing preservation program

CHICAGO - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan awarded today public housing authorities in Indiana nearly $21.5 million that will be used to make major large-scale improvements to their public housing units. See below for Indiana agencies and fund amounts, all public housing authorities and total funds by state.

Todays grants are provided through HUDs Capital Fund Program, which provides annual funding to all public housing authorities to build, repair, renovate and/or modernize the public housing in their communities. This funding can be used to make large-scale improvements such as new roofs and to make energy-efficient upgrades to replace old plumbing and electrical systems.

"This funding will help housing authorities address long-standing capital improvements, but it only scratches the surface in addressing the deep backlog were seeing across the country," said Donovan. "Today, we are closer to helping housing authorities and our private sector partners undertake their capital needs over the long haul. With the passage of HUD's 2012 budget, Congress gave HUD the go-ahead for a new, comprehensive and critical demonstration tool that we believe will help preserve and enhance Americas affordable housing, including public housing."

"These grants are essential in helping the housing authorities in Indiana preserve public housing in the best shape possible," said Antonio R. Riley, HUD's Midwest Regional Administrator.

In November 2011, Congress gave HUD the approval to test a comprehensive tool to preserve public housing and other HUD-assistant housing. Congress authorized HUD to begin a Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) as part of the Obama Administrations comprehensive strategy to keep these public and other HUD affordable homes on firm financial footing. Public housing authorities need nearly $26 billion to keep these homes safe and decent for families. But given our budget realities, HUD proposed this innovative way to confront the decline of the nations public and affordable housing stock.

In FY 2012, RAD will enable public housing authorities and owners to continue to make standard life-cycle improvements to their inventory and modernize or replace obsolete units to stem the loss of stock from private sector partners choosing to opt-out of affordable housing programs. The demonstration will bring more than 60,000 properties into a reliable, long term, project-based rental assistance contract - and allow 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.

Sandra B. Henriquez, HUD Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing, added, "We see Congress' decision to allow this demonstration to begin as a victory, not only for HUD, but for countless communities that desperately want to improve their public housing and other affordable housing, as well as a victory for families who need quality housing they can afford and who want more options on where they might choose to live."

Last year, 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 HUDs Capital Fund, the grants announced today. 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 proposed RAD. The details of the demonstrations timeline and application are being prepared and HUD expects to issue a notice for public comment in the coming months.

The following housing authorities in Indiana will receive this funding:

Vincennes Housing Authority $439,777
Fort Wayne Housing Authority $876,116
Delaware County Housing Authority $180,020
Muncie Housing Authority $648,395
Housing Authority of the City of Anderson $162,777
Kokomo Housing Authority $617,873
Housing Authority of the City of Richmond $396,278
Housing Authority of the City of Hammond $676,393
Housing Authority of the City of Gary $3,419,520
Housing Authority of the City of New Albany $1,401,817
Housing Authority of South Bend $1,148,426
Housing Authority of the City of Evansville $1,136,365
Indianapolis Housing Agency $2,801,316
Housing Authority of the City of Tell City $190,972
Housing Authority of the City of Michigan City $262,906
Housing Authority of the City of Mishawaka $370,317
Housing Authority of the City of Terre Haute $1,038,288
Housing Authority of the City of Bloomington $428,088
Housing Authority of the City of Jeffersonville $470,434
Rockport Housing Authority $138,344
Housing Authority of the City of Charlestown $311,552
Housing Authority of the City of Elkhart $793,130
Housing Authority of the City of Huntingburg $51,345
Housing Authority of the City of East Chicago $1,149,659
Washington Housing Authority $191,066
Housing Authority of the City of Bedford $171,371
Bloomfield Housing Authority $81,761
Sullivan Housing Authority $292,444
Brazil Housing Authority $289,592
Housing Authority of the City of Kendallville $106,749
Mount Vernon Housing Authority $70,697
Housing Authority of the City of Angola $187,737
Housing Authority of the City of Marion, In $328,415
New Castle Housing Authority $166,401
Linton Housing Authority $59,605
Columbus Housing Authority $179,331
Knox County Housing Authority $97,417
Fremont Housing Authority $37,429
Housing Authority of the City of Rome City $51,038
Greendale Housing Authority $44,265
Housing Authority of the City of Peru $105,180

The FY2012 Public Housing Capital Funding by state:

State Amount   State Amount
Alabama $54,411,568   Nevada $5,253,929
Alaska $2,215,118   New Hampshire $4,805,462
Arizona $7,516,272   New Jersey $61,937,486
Arkansas $17,504,267   New Mexico $5,567,987
California $72,252,584   New York $321,476,119
Colorado $10,307,643   North Carolina $48,137,960
Connecticut $20,964,829   North Dakota $2,073,197
Delaware $3,986,200   Ohio $77,937,803
Florida $49,658,600   Oklahoma $14,538,344
Georgia $64,067,418   Oregon $8,533,410
Hawaii $9,454,397   Pennsylvania $120,206,473
Idaho $887,959   Rhode Island $12,081,706
Illinois $128,103,330   South Carolina $20,297,831
Indiana $21,570,606   South Dakota $1,653,882
Iowa $4,672,512   Tennessee $50,216,600
Kansas $9,880,896   Texas $72,552,552
Kentucky $31,838,124   Utah $2,394,123
Louisiana $43,544,357   Vermont $1,948,080
Maine $5,056,956   Virginia $28,687,138
Maryland $26,848,339   Washington $26,602,619
Massachusetts $52,240,068   West Virginia $7,978,504
Michigan $31,099,543   Wisconsin $15,089,333
Minnesota $28,166,333   Wyoming $821,802
Mississippi $20,313,957   District of Columbia $14,193,015
Missouri $27,595,445   Guam $1,174,617
Montana $2,574,655   Puerto Rico $105,751,592
Nebraska $8,023,289   US Virgin Islands $5,389,187
      TOTAL: $1,792,056,016


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