HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 11-53
Adam Glantz
(212) 264-1100
For Release
July 14, 2011


NEW YORK - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan earlier this week awarded $326,130,385 to dozens of public housing authorities in New York to make major large-scale improvements to their public housing units. The award is part of nearly $2 billion awarded nationwide to hundreds of public housing authorities across the nation. (A listing of New York grantees is attached).

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. 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.

"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 FY2012, 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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FY 2011 Public Housing Capital Fund Awards - New York

Albany Housing Authority Albany $2,195,821
Amsterdam Housing Authority Amsterdam $361,658
Auburn Housing Authority Auburn $67,496
Batavia Housing Authority Batavia $201,362
Binghamton Housing Authority Binghamton $812,211
Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority Buffalo $9,383,452
Canton Housing Authority Canton $221,861
Catskill Housing Authority Catskill $110,607
Cohoes Housing Authority Cohoes $462,326
Cortland Housing Authority Cortland $495,390
Dunkirk Housing Authority Dunkirk $263,981
Ellenville Housing Authority Ellenville $74,999
Elmira Housing Authority Elmira $536,984
Freeport Housing Authority Freeport $416,919
Geneva Housing Authority Geneva $253,730
Glen Cove Public Housing Authority Glen Cove $359,232
Glens Falls Housing Authority Glens Falls $184,719
Gloversville Housing Authority Gloversville $374,504
Greenburgh Housing Authority White Plains $136,830
Harrietstown Housing Authority Saranac Lake $145,253
Herkimer Housing Authority Herkimer $197,633
Hoosick Housing Authority Hoosick Falls $32,606
Hornell Housing Authority Hornell $183,760
Housing Authority of Long Beach Long Beach $539,690
Housing Authority of Newburgh Newburgh $145,076
Hudson Housing Authority Hudson $188,710
Ilion Housing Authority Ilion $192,754
Ithaca Housing Authority Ithaca $414,527
Jamestown Housing Authority Jamestown $232,027
Kenmore Municipal Housing Authority Kenmore $210,566
Kingston Housing Authority Kingston $187,417
Lackawanna Municipal Housing Authority Lackawanna $875,393
Lockport Housing Authority Lockport $482,535
Malone Housing Authority Malone $231,135
Massena Housing Authority Massena $337,969
Mechanicville Housing Authority Mechanicville $168,495
Monticello Housing Authority Monticello $130,895
Mount Kisco Housing Authority Mount Kisco $92,837
New Rochelle Housing Authority New Rochelle $669,225
New York City Housing Authority New York $273,788,550
Newark Housing Authority Newark $204,800
Niagara Falls Housing Authority Niagara Falls $1,162,146
North Hempstead Housing Authority Great Neck $159,427
North Tarrytown Housing Authority Sleepy Hollow $95,819
Norwich Housing Authority Norwich $124,499
Ogdensburg Housing Authority Ogdensburg $477,479
Olean Housing Authority Olean $467,308
Oneida Housing Authority Oneida $164,089
Oneonta Housing Authority Oneonta $130,266
Peekskill Housing Authority Peekskill $407,441
Plattsburgh Housing Authority Plattsburgh $838,759
Port Chester Housing Authority Port Chester $469,648
Port Jervis Housing Authority Port Jervis $83,603
Poughkeepsie Housing Authority Poughkeepsie $562,435
Rensselaer Housing Authority Rensselaer $184,563
Rochester Housing Authority Rochester $3,830,552
Rockville Centre Housing Authority Rockville Centre $42,098
Rome Housing Authority Rome $400,151
Saratoga Springs Housing Authority Saratoga Springs $427,634
Schenectady Municipal Housing Authority Schenectady $1,487,439
St. Johnsville Housing Authority St. Johnsville $55,821
Syracuse Housing Authority Syracuse $3,096,606
Tarrytown Municipal Housing Authority Tarrytown $190,208
The City of Beacon Housing Authority Beacon $256,054
The Municipal Hsng Authority City Yonkers Yonkers $4,105,917
Town of Hempstead Housing Authority Uniondale $1,345,697
Town of Huntington Housing Authority Huntington Station $101,731
Town of Islip Housing Authority Oakdale $391,629
Town of Oyster Bay Housing Authority Plainview $911,000
Town of Ramapo Housing Authority Suffern $182,616
Troy Housing Authority Troy $1,814,445
Tuckahoe Housing Authority Tuckahoe $160,834
Tupper Lake Housing Authority Tupper Lake $127,966
Utica Housing Authority Utica $1,782,863
Village of Great Neck Housing Authority Great Neck $64,755
Village of Hempstead Housing Authority Hempstead $444,432
Village of Kiryas Joel Housing Authority Monroe $104,537
Village of Spring Valley Housing Authority Spring Valley $165,894
Watertown Housing Authority Watertown $963,305
Watervliet Housing Authority Watervliet $432,178
West Carthage Housing Authority Carthage $65,933
White Plains Housing Authority White Plains $1,102,987
Wilna Housing Authority Carthage $126,352
Woodridge Housing Authority Woodridge $55,334
New York Total $326,130,385


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