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HUD No. 13-120
Donna White
(202) 708-0685
For Release
Thursday
August 8, 2013

HUD AWARDS $1.7 BILLION TO IMPROVE, PRESERVE PUBLIC HOUSING
Housing authorities across the U.S., territories use funding to maintain housing for families, seniors

WASHINGTON - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today awarded $1.7 billion to public housing authorities in all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, to make major large-scale improvements to the nation's 1.2 million public housing units. View funding by public housing authority here.

Today's grants are provided through HUD's Capital Fund Program, which provides funding annually to all public housing authorities to build, repair, renovate and/or modernize the public housing in their communities. The authorities use the funding to do large-scale improvements to the housing such as new roofs or to make energy-efficient upgrades to replace old plumbing and electrical systems.

"This funding is critical for housing authorities to maintain and improve public housing conditions for their residents," said Donovan. "However, with a significant repair backlog, I am encouraged by new, innovative long-term solutions HUD is exploring that can be combined with this funding to not only protect and preserve this housing for the next generation, but to also build the quality infrastructure necessary for families to thrive."

Capital Fund grants are awarded annually to the nation's approximately 3,100 public housing agencies through a formula that considers number, type and age of units in a community. Eligible uses for this funding include development, financing and modernization of the public housing units as well as management improvements at the public housing authority.

Over the past 75 years, the federal government has been working and investing billions of dollars in developing and maintaining public and multifamily housing - including providing critical support through the Capital Fund grants announced today. Still, the nation continues to lose approximately 10,000 public housing units annually, primarily due to disrepair. In 2011, HUD released Capital Needs in the Public Housing Program, a study that estimated the 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 large-scale repairs. Unlike routine maintenance, capital needs are extensive improvements required to make the housing decent and economically sustainable, such as replacing roofs or updating plumbing and electrical systems to increase energy efficiency.

To help protect the considerable federal investment and respond to the growing demand for affordable rental housing, the Obama Administration proposed the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD), a comprehensive strategy that complements the Capital Fund Program and offers a long-term solution to preserve and enhance the country's affordable housing stock, including leveraging public and private funding to make critically needed improvements.

Since Congress approved the demonstration, early results show it is already generating additional capital for public and assisted housing. After opening RAD application periods last summer, HUD has approved or given initial approval to nearly 20,000 public and assisted housing units in 180 different projects across the country. Through these awards, housing authorities have proposed to generate close to $816 million in private debt and equity investments to reduce the capital backlog in public housing properties, which will preserve or replace distressed units and support local jobs in their communities - all without additional federal resources.

HUD also recently issued new RAD guidance that expands the program's flexibility that will benefit current and future applicants and participants.

The FY2013 Public Housing Capital Funding by state:

State
Amount
Alabama
52,519,473
Alaska
1,996,710
Arizona
7,463,449
Arkansas
16,801,739
California
69,368,607
Colorado
9,948,853
Connecticut
20,575,287
Delaware
3,580,287
District of Columbia
13,677,447
Florida
47,589,476
Georgia
62,681,434
Guam
1,089,579
Hawaii
9,066,970
Idaho
868,855
Illinois
119,818,353
Indiana
20,862,415
Iowa
4,530,750
Kansas
9,563,595
Kentucky
30,461,209
Louisiana
37,325,904
Maine
5,171,568
Maryland
25,773,863
Massachusetts
50,360,442
Michigan
30,044,397
Minnesota
27,386,413
Mississippi
19,248,499
Missouri
26,213,893
Montana
2,498,983
Nebraska
7,550,240
Nevada
5,191,721
New Hampshire
4,704,772
New Jersey
57,157,529
New Mexico
5,382,243
New York
307,029,645
North Carolina
48,626,554
North Dakota
2,000,584
Ohio
74,896,934
Oklahoma
14,420,904
Oregon
8,269,584
Pennsylvania
117,380,587
Puerto Rico
101,468,521
Rhode Island
11,724,298
South Carolina
19,177,868
South Dakota
1,565,032
Tennessee
49,540,429
Texas
71,408,057
Utah
2,245,973
Vermont
2,087,566
Virgin Islands
5,055,400
Virginia
27,695,820
Washington
26,083,288
West Virginia
7,838,109
Wisconsin
14,578,892
Wyoming
806,929
Total
$1,720,375,929

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