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HUD No. 16-017
Shantae Goodloe
(202) 708-0685
FOR RELEASE
Friday
February 12, 2016
 

HUD AWARDS $1.8 BILLION TO IMPROVE, PRESERVE NATION'S PUBLIC HOUSING
Housing authorities will use funding to modernize housing for families, seniors

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro today announced HUD is allocating more $1.8 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 needed capital improvements in their properties. See attached funding chart and view funding by public housing authority.

The grants announced today are provided through HUD’s Capital Fund Program, which offers annual funding to approximately 3,100 public housing authorities to build, repair, renovate and/or modernize the public housing in their communities. These housing authorities use the funding to complete large-scale improvements such as replacing roofs or making energy-efficient upgrades to replace old plumbing and electrical systems.

To help provide residents with decent, safe and sanitary housing 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.

“HUD has a responsibility to provide public housing residents with a quality and safe roof over their heads,” said HUD Secretary Julian Castro. “This funding, in addition to assistance from the private sector through HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration Program, will help housing authorities address longstanding capital improvements and preserve and enhance America’s affordable housing.”

For more than 75 years, the federal government has been investing billions of dollars in developing and maintaining public housing – including providing critical support through the Capital Fund grants announced today. Nonetheless, there has been a net loss of over 135,000 public housing units since fiscal year 2000, representing an average loss of approximately 9,000 units annually. 

In 2011, HUD released Capital Needs in the Public Housing Program, a third-party independent study that estimated the capital needs in the public housing stock in the U.S. The study found the nation’s 1.1 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. 

Since Congress authorized the RAD demonstration in November of 2011, early results show it is generating significant additional capital for public and assisted housing. HUD has made awards to 60,000 public and assisted housing units in more than 340 different projects across the country. Through these awards, housing authorities have proposed to generate approximately $3 billion in capital repairs by leveraging private debt and equity, which will preserve or replace distressed units and support local jobs in their communities – all without additional federal resources.

Fiscal Year 2016 Public Housing Capital Funding by State

State Amount
Alabama $56,035,760
Alaska $2,030,247
Arizona $7,479,416
Arkansas $16,890,967
California $67,264,516
Colorado $10,559,843
Connecticut $23,416,951
Delaware $4,244,310
District of Columbia $14,350,560
Florida $49,678,507
Georgia $59,948,849
Guam $1,362,144
Hawaii $9,184,654
Idaho $976,266
Illinois $113,084,645
Indiana $22,515,723
Iowa $4,673,876
Kansas $10,496,159
Kentucky $31,793,131
Louisiana $36,924,222
Maine $5,515,853
Maryland $25,183,484
Massachusetts $52,997,364
Michigan $31,443,992
Minnesota $29,465,880
Mississippi $15,394,343
Missouri $26,304,807
Montana $2,654,272
Nebraska $8,276,793
Nevada $4,868,003
New Hampshire $4,960,213
New Jersey $62,538,503
New Mexico $5,604,980
New York $370,486,565 
North Carolina $47,438,979
North Dakota $2,099,067
Ohio $73,632,840
Oklahoma $15,383,599
Oregon $8,809,300
Pennsylvania $114,842,828
Puerto Rico $104,781,899
Rhode Island $12,853,791
South Carolina $20,936,059
South Dakota $1,678,229
Tennessee $47,711,062
Texas $71,609,345
Utah $2,582,667
Vermont $1,833,604
Virgin Islands $5,983,706
Virginia $30,870,700
Washington $23,915,637
West Virginia $8,282,691
Wisconsin $16,934,106
Wyoming  $894,658
Total  $1,801,680,565

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