HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 10-3.24
Victor Alvarado
(407) 648-6441
For Release
March 24, 2010

Just Over One Year after Recovery Act is Signed, Funds already putting Americans to work, making homes healthier for thousands of families across the state

JACKSON - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced today that public housing authorities in Mississippi successfully met a critical funding deadline outlined in the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). As a result, the $32,395,555 in Public Housing Capital Funds awarded to the state through the Recovery Act one year ago are being used to make significant improvements to one thousand and twenty seven (1027) of public housing units in Mississippi; creating jobs and growing the economy.

"Strict deadlines, such as this one, were written into the Recovery Act to ensure that funds would be used to meet the top goal of putting Americans back to work as quickly as possible," said Donovan. "I am proud of the work HUD and public housing authorities across the country did to meet this critical deadline. It speaks to the commitment
they have to improve affordable housing and grow local economies. Families and communities are already seeing new windows, roofs, cost-saving energy-efficient appliances, and much-needed jobs."

To date, as a result of this critical Recovery Act funding, public housing authorities in Mississippi reported creating ninety (90) jobs and developing or rehabilitating one thousand and twenty seven (1027) public housing units in hard-hit neighborhoods. Just one year after being awarded, Recovery Act public housing funds, which were intended to help jump-start the economy during the worst recession in a generation, are also allowing housing agencies to
address the long-standing capital needs of public housing, create jobs, and increase energy efficiency.

On March 17, 2009, less than 30 days after the Recovery Act was signed into law, HUD provided nearly $3 billion in Public Housing Capital funds to over 3,100 public housing authorities nationwide. The funds were allocated through
an established formula, effectively more than doubling the Department's annual support of local housing authorities. Specific guidelines in the law required that all funding awarded to public housing authorities through the Recovery
Act be "obligated," or committed to specific projects or activities, one year after it was awarded, or the funding
must be recaptured by HUD and redistributed to other agencies in compliance with the requirements.

All public housing authorities were able to meet that deadline by either obligating 100% of their funds or voluntarily returning all or a portion of their funds by the deadline. Of the $2.985 billion that was awarded to 3,134 public
housing authorities nationally, $2.981 billion has been obligated and $3.246 million was voluntarily returned. HUD is currently determining the redistribution process for the funding returned. The 172 troubled housing authorities that received funding, all met the deadline as well, with only two troubled agencies returning all or a portion of their
funds by March 17th.

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.

The Recovery Act included $13.61 billion for projects and programs administered by HUD, nearly 75 percent of which was allocated to state and local recipients only eight days after President Obama signed the Act into law, including public housing capital funding. The remaining 25 percent is being awarded through competitive grant programs. To date, 98 percent of HUD's Recovery Act funds are in the hands of local communities, being used to improve housing and neighborhoods, while creating jobs. HUD is committed to implementing Recovery Act investments swiftly and effectively as they generate tens of thousands of jobs, modernize homes to make them energy efficient, and help
the families and communities hardest hit by the economic crisis.

In addition, Secretary Donovan and the Department are committed to providing the highest level of transparency possible as Recovery Act funds are administered. It is vitally important that the American people are fully aware of how their tax dollars are being spent and can hold their federal leaders accountable. Every dollar of Recovery Act funds HUD spends can be reviewed and tracked at HUD's Recovery Act website. The full text of HUD's funding
notices and tracking of future performance of these grants is also available at HUD's Recovery Act website.


HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to sustaining homeownership; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development and enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at and


Values Award Amount Sum of Number Of Jobs
MS $32,395,555 90.87
Amory Housing Authority $219,042 0.00
Baldwyn Housing Authority $127,911 0.11
Bay St Louis Housing Authority $183,738 0.00
Canton, City Of $308,355 1.00
Clarksdale, City Of Housing Authority $561,815 1.96
Columbus Housing Authority $1,108,176 0.00
Corinth Housing Authority $610,630 6.92
Hazlehurst Housing Authority $250,836 0.08
Holly Springs Housing Authority $174,918 1.00
Housing Urban Development $311,362 0.00
Housing And Urban Development $551,249 0.19
Housing And Urban Development, United States Dept Of $71,476 0.07
Housing Authority Of Aberdeen $311,208 1.00
Housing Authority Of Attala County $123,999 0.63
Housing Authority Of Biloxi , The $1,468,968 4.42
Housing Authority Of Itta Bena $154,683 2.00
Housing Authority Of Iuka $158,282 0.16
Housing Authority Of The City Of Brookhaven, Inc $703,879 0.00
Housing Authority Of The City Of Forest $167,030 0.06
Housing Authority Of The City Of Greenwood (Inc) $913,410 0.00
Housing Authority Of The Town Of Richton, The $141,290 0.03
Housing Authority Of The Town Of Summit Mississippi $61,314 0.27
Housing Authority Of The, City Of Louisville $311,125 5.99
Housing Authority Of Tupelo $901,724 4.00
Housing Authority Of Yazoo City $624,768 0.09
Housing Authority, Vicksburg City $888,788 0.00
Jackson Housing Authority $1,076,409 2.00
Laurel Housing Authority $1,316,004 0.06
Long Beach Housing Authority Inc $137,973 0.00
Mccomb City Of Housing Authority $984,608 1.91
Meridian Housing Authority For The City Of Meridian $2,718,776 9.18
Mississippi Regional Housing Authority No, IV $796,130 0.00
Mississippi Regional Housing Authority No. V $1,260,593 0.20
Mississippi Regional Housing Authority No. VI $325,263 0.00
Mississippi Regional Housing Authority No. VII $259,437 0.65
Mississippi Regional Housing Authority No. VIII $3,783,351 6.00
Mound Bayou Housing Authority $211,543 0.75
Natchez Housing Authority $707,557 0.22
Okolona Housing Authority $131,682 0.00
Oxford Housing Authority $413,493 0.00
Picayune Housing Authority $697,630 1.28
Pontotoc Housing Authority $154,050 2.00
Sardis Housing Authority $163,992 0.02
Senatobia, City Of $248,103 0.10
Shelby Housing Authority Of Mississippi $45,911 1.00
Starkville Housing Authority Inc $514,834 20.00
Tennessee Valley Regional Housing Authority, Inc. $3,549,597 13.23
Water Valley Housing Authority $413,363 0.46
Waveland Housing Authority $136,142 0.00
Waynesboro, City Of $96,260 0.00
West Point, City Of $463,507 1.60
Winona, City Of $379,371 0.23


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