HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 09-178
Andrea Mead
(202) 708-0685
For Release
September 18, 2009

Grants will increase energy efficiency, reduce costs of public housing while creating green jobs

DENVER - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced $300 million in Recovery Act competitive grants today that will allow 36 public housing authorities across the U.S. to utilize green materials and technology to create public housing that conserves energy and encourages more healthy lifestyles. (See list below.)

Donovan announced the Denver Housing Authority would receive $10 million of the Public Housing Capital Funds announced today to continue its redevelopment of South Lincoln Park Homes, a public housing development the housing authority is currently redeveloping into a mixed-use, mixed-income transit oriented community.

During the visit, which was part of the White House Urban Listening Tour, the Secretary was joined by White House Office of Urban Affairs Director Adolfo Carrion, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Environmental Protection Administrator Lisa Jackson.

"The grants being awarded today are a perfect example of using the Recovery Act to rebuild the economy stronger and wiser by investing in new and emerging sustainable industries," said Donovan. "This Recovery Act funding will not only reduce energy costs for public housing authorities and mitigate negative environmental impacts, but will also create much-needed 'green' jobs right here in Denver and across the country."

The Public Housing Capital Funds being awarded today are provided through The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) and are specifically designated for the creation of energy efficient communities through substantial rehabilitation or new construction of public housing developments. Activities include, but are not limited to, development of connections to neighborhoods and green space; site improvements that provide surface water management techniques that capture, retain, infiltrate and/or harvest rainfall; water conservation through the use of water-conserving appliances, fixtures and efficient irrigation; energy efficiency that meets Energy Star standards for new construction; and use of renewable energy resources. These transformational activities will substantially increase energy efficiency and environmental performance of public housing properties. The funding will reduce energy costs, generate resident and housing authority energy savings, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions attributable to energy consumption.

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 has been awarded to transform public housing projects 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 Issues: $200 million will soon be awarded to allow PHAs to develop or renovate public housing projects stalled due to lack of resources.

Category 4, Creation of Energy Efficient, Green Communities: $600 million is being awarded 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. The grants being awarded today fall under this category, Option 1. HUD will award Option 2 grantees in the coming weeks.

The remaining Public Housing Capital Fund competitive grants will be awarded in the coming weeks under the housing for the elderly/persons with disabilities, gap financing for stalled projects and energy efficiency funding categories.

HUD's Capital Fund Program provides annual funding to public housing authorities to develop, finance and/or modernize the public housing in their communities. This funding can be used to make large-scale improvements such as new roofs and for the replacement of plumbing and electrical systems to increase energy efficiency.

The grants announced today are being awarded to the following recipients:

Project Name PHA Name City
HOPE VI Family Rental Phase III The Housing Authority of the City of Prichard Prichard
Granite Mountain Senior Housing Housing Authority of the City of Little Rock Little Rock
Little Village Housing Authority of the County of Kern Bakersfield
10th Osage Senior/Diabled Housing Housing Authority of the City And County of Denver Denver
Sheridan Station D.C Housing Authority Washington
Lincoln Towners Wilmington Housing Authority Wilmington
Scott Homes Miami-Dade Housing Agency Miami
Murphy Homes Housing Authority of the City of Macon Macon
Willingham Village Northwest GA Housing Authority Rome
Ralph Pomeroy Apartments Chicago Housing Authority Chicago
West End Phase 2 Chicago Housing Authority Chicago
Granite City Commons Phase IV Granite City Housing Authority Granite City
Echo Ridge Topeka Housing Authority Topeka
Wooddale Park Housing Authority of the City of Alexandria Alexandria
Old Colony Boston Housing Authority Boston
Lyndon B. Johnson Apartments Cambridge Housing Authority Cambridge
Westport Commons Housing Authority of the Town of Easton Easton
H.L. Mills Station Hagerstown Housing Authority Hagerstown
Heritage Park Phase IA PHA In And for the City of Minneapolis Minneapolis
Arlington Grove Housing Authority of the City of St. Louis St. Louis
Project Unnamed Housing Authority of the City of Wilson Wilson
205 First Street Senior Housing Elizabeth Housing Authority Elizabeth
Baxter Terrace Newark Housing Authority Newark
West San Fransisco Santa Fe Civic Housing Authority Santa Fe
Garden Valley Phase III Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Cleveland
Brier Hill Annex Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority Youngstown
Paschall Apartments Philadelphia Housing Authority Philadelphia
Reid Street Housing Authority of the City of Charleston Charleston
Fairst/Arsenal/EA Housing Authority of the City of Columbia Columbia
Various sites Chattanooga Housing Authority Chattanooga
Dixie Homes Memphis Housing Authority Memphis
Paisano Housing Authority of the City of El Paso, Tx El Paso
Schooner Cover Chesapeake Redevelopment Housing Authority Chesapeake
Lincoln Square Housing Authority City of Bellingham Bellingham
Marysville Pointe Housing Authority of Snohomish County Everett
Lake City Village Seattle Housing Authority Seattle


HUD's mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at and You can also follow HUD on twitter @HUDnews, on facebook at, or sign up for news alerts on HUD's News Listserv.


Content Archived: July 31, 2015