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September 23, 2009

Grants will increase energy efficiency, upgrade public housing and create jobs

NASHVILLE - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan awarded $500 million in competitive grants today that will allow public housing authorities across the U.S. to build or renovate affordable rental apartments and make existing public housing units more energy efficient. The Public Housing Capital Funds
being awarded today are provided through The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act).
A full list of grants awarded today can be found on HUD's Recovery Act Website.

Today 134 housing authorities will receive funds to create energy efficient communities by rehabilitating existing
public housing units. Tennessee awarded over $11,000.000 to add affordable rental housing and "Green" existing
public housing. The agencies will have resources to install new energy efficient technologies to conserve energy,
such as Energy Star appliances, high-efficiency boilers/furnaces and programmable thermostats or controls. In addition, 35 housing authorities will receive funds that will allow them to proceed with redevelopment or replacement of housing developments that were stalled because of a lack of private financing. This funding essentially fills the
gap in private capital to allow work to continue.

"The grants being awarded today should give hope to families across the country that more affordable housing opportunities are on the way," said Donovan. "This Recovery Act funding will not only give housing authorities the resources they need to jump start production of affordable housing, but it will also reduce energy costs and mitigate negative environmental impacts, while creating much-needed 'green' jobs across the country."

In February, just eight days after President Obama signed the Recovery Act into law, HUD allocated nearly $3 billion
in Recovery Act funding to more than 3,100 public housing authorities across the U.S. Distributed by formula, that funding is already being put to work to improve public housing and create safer, more livable environments for lower income residents.

The funding being announced today is part of an additional $1 billion in Public Housing Capital Funds designated by
the Recovery Act to be awarded competitively. HUD accepted applications under this program from public housing authorities between June 22 and August 18. Grants under the program are now being awarded to public housing authorities that effectively addressed the requirements in the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) under the
following four funding categories:

  • Category 1 - Improvements Addressing the Needs of the Elderly and/or Persons with Disabilities:
    $95 million will soon be awarded to improve public housing units and create community facilities for the
    delivery of supportive services to this vulnerable population.

  • Category 2 - Public Housing Transformation: $96 million out of $100 million was awarded on September 3
    to transform public housing developments that are distressed and a blighting influence on the surrounding
    community into newly built or renovated developments.

  • Category 3 - Gap Financing for Projects that are Stalled Due to Financing: The $6.5 million being
    awarded today in Tennessee falls into this category, which allows PHAs to develop or renovate public
    housing projects stalled due to lack of resources.
Housing Authority Name Project Name City Amount
Knoxville's Community Development Corp. Dr. Lee Williams Senior Complex Knoxville $6,500,000.00
  • Category 4 - Creation of Energy Efficient, Green Communities: $4,591,122 million is being awarded in Tennessee for public housing authorities to create more energy efficient public housing units. Applications
    were due for this category on July 21, 2009.. Within this category, applicants could apply under Option 1 for substantial rehabilitation or new construction or Option 2 for moderate rehabilitation. $300 million of the $500 million awarded today fall under Option 2 of this category. Option 1 of this category was awarded September 18, totaling $300 million.

Housing Authority Name

Project Name



Bristol Tennessee Housing and Redevelopment Authority

Edgemont Towers



Kingsport Housing and Redevelopment Authority

Riverview Homes



McMinnville Housing Authority

Hardaway Homes



Metropolitan Development & Housing Agency

Edgefield Manor




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