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HUD IX No. 13-43
Gene Gibson
(415) 489-6414
August 8, 2013

Housing authorities across the U.S., territories use funding to maintain housing for families, seniors

SAN FRANCISCO - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today awarded public housing authorities in California $69,368,607 that will be used to make major large-scale improvements to their public housing units.

The following housing authorities in California will receive this funding.

Alameda County Housing Authority


City of Benicia Housing Authority


City of Berkeley Housing Authority


City of Eureka Housing Authority


City of Richmond Housing Authority


City of Sacramento Housing Authority


City of South San Francisco Housing Authority


City of Wasco Housing Authority


County of Butte Housing Authority


County of Merced Housing Authority


County of Monterey Housing Authority


County of Plumas Housing Authority


County of Sacramento Housing Authority


County of San Joaquin Housing Authority


County of Stanislaus Housing Authority


Housing Authority City of Fresno


Housing Authority of County of Marin


Housing Authority of Fresno County


Housing Authority of the City & County of SF


Housing Authority of the City of Baldwin Park


Housing Authority of the City of Calexico


Housing Authority of the City of Lomita


Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles


Housing Authority of the City of Needles


Housing Authority of the City of Oxnard


Housing Authority of the City of Pleasanton


Housing Authority of the City of Port Hueneme


Housing Authority of the City of Riverbank


Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura


Housing Authority of the City of San Luis Obispo


Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara


Housing Authority of the City of Upland


Housing Authority of the County Contra Costa


Housing Authority of the County of Kern


Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles


Housing Authority of the County of Riverside


Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino


Housing Authority of the County of San Diego


Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo


Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara


Housing Authority of the County of Ventura


Housing Authority of the County of Yolo


Housing Authority of the County Santa Clara


Housing Authority of the City of Livermore


Imperial Valley Housing Authority


Kings County Housing Authority


Oakland Housing Authority


Regional Housing Authority of Sutter & Nevada Co.


San Diego Housing Commission


Santa Cruz County Housing Authority


The Housing Authority of the City of Madera


Tulare County Housing Authority


California Total


The grants announced today 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."

"Housing authorities in California count on this funding to maintain and improve their public housing for many families, especially the most vulnerable - our seniors," said HUD Regional Administrator Ophelia Basgal. "HUD is currently taking bold steps to preserve this affordable housing."

Capital Fund grants are awarded each year 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.


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