HUD Archives: News Releases


HUD No. 11-27
Rhonda Siciliano
(617) 994-8355
For Release
Friday
September 2, 2011

RHODE ISLAND RECEIVES $18.5 MILLION FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR REMAINDER OF FY2011

BOSTON - U.S. Housing and Urban Development New England Regional Administrator Barbara Fields announced that the city of Providence and the State of Rhode Island will receive more than $18.5 million to support community development and produce more affordable housing. See below for breakdown of Rhode Island funding.

The FY2011 Continuing Resolution significantly reduced overall funding for the CDBG and HOME programs compared
to last year. The nation's CDBG funding was reduced by more than $600 million, or approximately 16.5 percent, while the HOME program funding was reduced by more than $200 million, or approximately 11.7 percent.

"These programs are absolutely critical to communities across Rhode Island," said Fields. "As we work under the challenges of our nation's deficit, we must also understand that these programs are essential in promoting community development, producing affordable housing, helping our homeless and even supporting long-term disaster recovery."

The funding announced today includes:

  • $   9,895,909 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds;
  • $   7,226,162 in HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) funding;
  • $      872,012 for Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA); and
  • $      605,803 in Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG).
    $18,599,886 RI TOTAL

Since 1974, HUD's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program has provided approximately $132 billion to state and local governments to target their own community development priorities. The rehabilitation of affordable housing and the improvement of public facilities have traditionally been the largest uses of CDBG although the
program is also an important catalyst for job growth and business opportunities. Annual CDBG funds are distributed to communities according to a statutory formula based on a community's population, poverty, and age of its housing stock, and extent of overcrowded housing.

HOME (HOME Investment Partnerships Programs) the largest federal block grant to state and local governments designed exclusively to produce affordable housing for low-income families. Since 1992, more than 600 communities have completed nearly 950,000 affordable housing units, including 403,000 for new homebuyers. In addition, 224,000 tenants have received direct rental assistance.

Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG) provides homeless persons with basic shelter and essential supportive services. It can assist with the operational costs of the shelter facility, and for the administration of the grant. ESG also provides short-term homeless prevention assistance to persons at imminent risk of losing their own housing due to eviction, foreclosure, or utility shutoffs.

HUD's Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) grants are distributed to states and cities based on the number of AIDS cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The grants provide resources for operating community residences and providing rental assistance and support services to individuals with HIV/AIDS
and their families. In addition, the HOPWA program also helps many communities develop strategic AIDS housing plans and fill in gaps in local systems of care. A stable home environment is a critical component for low-income persons managing complex drug therapies and potential side effects from their treatments.

HUD is instituting several important program priorities in the upcoming year. First, the Department's consolidated planning process will be enhanced. Largely unchanged since the mid-1990s, the ‘Con Plan' will be simplified by integrating HUD's technology systems and eliminating the need to prepare a separate annual performance report. Second, HUD's Office of Community Planning and Development is moving rapidly to implement its unified OneCPD technical assistance process which is particularly important as many local governments continue to struggle with budgetary pressures resulting from the economic downturn. Finally, HUD is again urging grantees to consider the needs of returning veterans and their families in the design and administration of these formula programs.

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RI City

Grant Type

Amount

Providence

CDBG

$5,143,019

 

ESG

$249,269

 

HOPWA

$872,012

 

HOME

$2,379,590

 

Total:

$8,643,890

Rhode Island State Program

CDBG

$6,743,207

 

ESG

$365,227

 

HOME

$4,846,572

 

Total:

$9,955,996

RI Total:

$18,599,886

 

 
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