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HUD No. 13-028
Agatha Gutierrez
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Thursday
August 8, 2013

HUD AWARDS IOWA HOUSING AUTHORITIES $4,530,750 TO IMPROVE,
PRESERVE NATION'S PUBLIC HOUSING STOCK

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

KANSAS CITY, KS - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today awarded public housing authorities in Iowa $4,530,750 that will be used to make major large-scale improvements to their public housing units.  

The following housing authorities in Iowa will receive this funding. 

State

Public Housing Authority

2013 Capital Funding

Iowa

Afton Housing Commission

$27,661

 

Albia Housing Agency

$38,588

 

Area XV Multi-County Housing Agency

$90,191

 

Centerville Municipal Housing Agency

$104,151

 

Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority

$145,737

 

Chariton Housing Authority

$60,641

 

Charles City Hsg and Redev Authority

$135,389

 

City of Iowa City Housing Authority

$102,356

 

Clarinda Low Rent Housing Agency

$65,555

 

Corning Housing Commission

$38,523

 

Davenport Housing Commission

$50,955

 

Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency

$920,460

 

Eastern Iowa Regional Housing Authority

$158,368

 

Essex Low Rent Housing Agency

$12,049

 

Evansdale Municipal Housing Authority

$44,548

 

Fort Dodge Municipal Housing Agency

$134,530

 

Fort Madison Housing Authority

$138,472

 

Keokuk Housing Authority

$200,617

 

Lenox Low Rent Housing Agency

$22,465

 

Lone Tree Housing Commission

$16,165

 

Low Rent Housing Agency Of Bancroft

$24,794

 

Low Rent Housing Agency of Burlington

$200,245

 

Low Rent Housing Agency of Clinton

$68,005

 

Low Rent Housing Agency Of Farragut

$16,336

 

Low Rent Housing Agency Of Hamburg

$20,813

 

Low Rent Housing Agency of Knoxville

$60,678

 

Low Rent Housing Agency Of Leon

$33,946

 

Low Rent Housing Agency Of Missouri Valley

$43,122

 

Low Rent Housing Agency Of Mount Ayr

$21,294

 

Low Rent Housing Agency Of Onawa

$50,680

 

Low Rent Housing Agency Of Red Oak

$41,603

 

Low Rent Housing Agency Of Sidney

$17,604

 

Low Rent Housing Agency Of Sioux Center

$68,222

 

Low Rent Housing Agency Of Waverly

$39,049

 

Low Rent Housing Agency Of Winterset

$34,447

 

Malvern Low Rent Housing Agency

$14,977

 

Municipal Housing Agency of Council Bluffs

$253,500

 

Municipal Housing Agency Of Manning

$23,439

 

Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency

$156,062

 

North Iowa Regional Housing Authority

$120,657

 

Ottumwa Housing Authority

$358,011

 

Rock Rapids Municipal Housing Agency

$41,454

 

Shenandoah Low Rent Housing Agency

$62,216

 

Southern Iowa Regional Housing Authority

$132,043

 

Stanton Housing Commission

$16,734

 

Tabor Low Rent Housing Agency

$16,583

 

Villisca Low Rent Housing Agency

$41,662

 

Waterloo Housing Authority

$45,153

 

Iowa Total

$4,530,750

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 Iowa count on this funding to maintain and improve their public housing for many families, especially the most vulnerable – our seniors," said Deputy Regional Administrator, Theresa Porter. "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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