|HUD No. 13-15
Adam Glantz (212) 264-1100
Olga Alvarez (212) 542-7142
July 31, 2013
HUD AWARDS NEARLY $500,000 TO HOUSING AUTHORITIES IN NEW YORK TO SUPPORT EMERGENCY, SAFETY AND SECURITY NEEDS
Poughkeepsie and Peekskill housing authorities are grant recipients
NEW YORK - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded the Poughkeepsie Housing Authority $248,836 and the Peekskill Housing Authority $250,000 to address emergency, safety and security needs at their public housing properties, including measures necessary to fight crime and drug activities.
"These much needed resources will be used to help Poughkeepsie and Peekskill families living in public housing feel safer and more secure in their communities," said Acting Regional Administrator Mirza Orriols.
The Poughkeepsie Housing Authority will be using its funding to purchase and install a video camera surveillance system with computer backup at the Hudson Garden Apartments in the city's Northside Neighborhood to improve security and monitoring.
The Peekskill Housing Authority will be using its funding to purchase and install video camera surveillance systems, install security fencing, replace entry doors, and upgrade exterior lighting at the Bohlman Heights and Dunbar Towers developments to improve security and monitoring.
Nationally, HUD is providing $2.9 million to 15 public housing authorities across the U.S. to support emergency, safety and security needs from HUD's Capital Fund Emergency Safety and Security Program. Safety and security emergencies include sudden increases in threat levels that pose a risk to the health and safety of public housing residents due to violent crimes or property related crimes within the public housing community.
This funding may be used to install, repair, or replace capital needs items, including, but not limited to, security systems/surveillance cameras, fencing, lighting systems, emergency alarm systems, window bars, deadbolt locks and doors.
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