HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 12-03
Alan Gelfand
(973) 776-7205
For Release
February 10, 2012

Congress gives approval to test HUD comprehensive affordable housing preservation program

NEWARK � U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan awarded today public housing authorities in New Jersey nearly $62 million that will be used to make major large-scale improvements to their public housing units.

The following housing authorities in New Jersey will receive this funding:

Asbury Park Housing Authority


Atlantic City Housing Authority


Bayonne Housing Authority


Belmar Housing Authority


Bergen County Housing Authority


Berkeley Housing Authority


Beverly Housing Authority


Boonton Housing Authority


Brick Housing Authority


Bridgeton Housing Authority


Buena Housing Authority


Burlington Housing Authority


Camden Housing Authority


Cape May Housing Authority


Carteret Housing Authority


Clementon Housing Authority


Cliffside Park Housing Authority


Collingswood Housing Authority


Dover Housing Authority


East Orange Housing Authority


Edgewater Housing Authority


Edison Housing Authority


Elizabeth Housing Authority


Englewood Housing Authority


Florence Housing Authority


Fort Lee Housing Authority


Franklin Housing Authority


Freehold Housing Authority


Garfield Housing Authority


Glassboro Housing Authority


Gloucester City Housing Authority


Gloucester County Housing Authority


Guttenberg Housing Authority


Hackensack Housing Authority


Haddon Housing Authority


Harrison Housing Authority


Highland Park Housing Authority


Highlands Housing Authority


Hightstown Housing Authority


Hoboken Housing Authority


Housing Authority City of Linden


Irvington Housing Authority


Jersey City Housing Authority


Keansburg Housing Authority


Lakewood Housing Authority


Lodi Housing Authority


Long Branch Housing Authority


Madison Housing Authority


Middletown Housing Authority


Millville Housing Authority


Morris County Housing Authority


Morristown Housing Authority


Neptune Housing Authority


New Brunswick Housing Authority


Newark Housing Authority


Newton Housing Authority


North Bergen Housing Authority


Ocean City Housing Authority


Orange Housing Authority


Passaic Housing Authority


Paterson Housing Authority


Penns Grove Housing Authority


Perth Amboy Housing Authority


Phillipsburg Housing Authority


Plainfield Housing Authority


Pleasantville Housing Authority


Princeton Housing Authority


Rahway Housing Authority


Red Bank Housing Authority


Salem Housing Authority


Secaucus Housing Authority


South Amboy Housing Authority


Summit Housing Authority


Trenton Housing Authority


Union City Housing Authority


Vineland Housing Authority


Weehawken Housing Authority


West New York Housing Authority


Wildwood Housing Authority


Woodbridge Housing Authority

Total New Jersey

Today's grants are provided through HUD's 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 we're 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 America's affordable housing, including public housing."

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 Administration's 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 nation's 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 the private sector that choose 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 HUD's 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 demonstration's timeline and application are being prepared and HUD expects to issue a notice for public comment in the coming months.


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