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HUD No. 13-49
Rhonda Siciliano
(617) 994-8355
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Thursday
August 8, 2013

 HUD AWARDS MASSACHUSETTS HOUSING AUTHORITIES $50.3 MILLION TO IMPROVE, PRESERVE NATION’S PUBLIC HOUSING STOCK
Housing authorities across the U.S., territories use funding to maintain housing for families, seniors

BOSTON – U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today awarded public housing authorities in Massachusetts more than $50.3 million that will be used to make major large-scale improvements to their public housing units. 

The following housing authorities in Massachusetts will receive this funding.

Massachusetts Housing Authorities                                            Funding Amount

Amherst Housing Authority

$17,558

Auburn Housing Authority

$77,132

Barnstable Housing Authority

$74,521

Beverly Housing Authority

$181,820

Boston Housing Authority

$18,496,050

Bourne Housing Authority

$67,812

Brockton Housing Authority

$2,018,936

Brookline Housing Authority

$603,709

Cambridge Housing Authority

$3,129,176

Chelsea Housing Authority

$632,595

Chicopee Housing Authority

$530,619

Clinton Housing Authority

$113,365

Concord Housing Authority

$23,825

Danvers Housing Authority

$93,756

Dedham Housing Authority

$29,042

Dracut Housing Authority

$35,563

Fall River Housing Authority

$2,181,424

Falmouth Housing Authority

$259,471

Fitchburg Housing Authority

$79,496

Framingham Housing Authority

$288,828

Gloucester Housing Authority

$116,770

Groveland Housing Authority

$56,187

Hanson Housing Authority

$7,656

Holyoke Housing Authority

$1,050,408

Hudson Housing Authority

$85,434

Lawrence Housing Authority

$1,384,676

Lexington Housing Authority

$92,846

Lowell Housing Authority

$2,422,079

Lynn Housing Authority

$598,185

Malden Housing Authority

$1,676,785

Maynard Housing Authority

$38,094

Medford Housing Authority

$845,162

Medway Housing Authority

$107,839

Methuen Housing Authority

$50,379

Milford Housing Authority

$63,882

Needham Housing Authority

$86,714

New Bedford Housing Authority

$2,802,045

Newburyport Housing Authority

$42,629

Newton Housing Authority

$272,459

North Adams Housing Authority

$323,587

North Andover Housing Authority

$112,018

Northampton Housing Authority

$114,549

Norwood Housing Authority

$89,509

Pembroke Housing Authority

$48,913

Pittsfield Housing Authority

$180,631

Plymouth Housing Authority

$117,181

Quincy Housing Authority

$839,833

Revere Housing Authority

$218,150

Rockland Housing Authority

$36,565

Salem Housing Authority

$42,334

Saugus Housing Authority

$101,608

Scituate Housing Authority

$44,093

Shrewsbury Housing Authority

$78,819

Somerville Housing Authority

$800,330

Springfield Housing Authority

$1,793,550

Stoughton Housing Authority

$33,198

Swansea Housing Authority

$8,009

Taunton Housing Authority

$598,507

Tewksbury Housing Authority

$48,307

Salem Housing Authority

$42,334

Saugus Housing Authority

$101,608

Scituate Housing Authority

$44,093

Shrewsbury Housing Authority

$78,819

Somerville Housing Authority

$800,330

Springfield Housing Authority

$1,793,550

Stoughton Housing Authority

$33,198

Swansea Housing Authority

$8,009

Taunton Housing Authority

$598,507

Tewksbury Housing Authority

$48,307

Wakefield Housing Authority

$37,103

Waltham Housing Authority

$336,277

Watertown Housing Authority

$48,578

Wayland Housing Authority

$93,144

Webster Housing Authority

$55,705

Weymouth Housing Authority

$80,150

Winchendon Housing Authority

$138,825

Woburn Housing Authority

$123,494

Worcester Housing Authority

$3,082,548

Massachusetts Total

$50,360,442

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 Massachusetts count on this funding to maintain and improve their public housing for many families, especially the most vulnerable – our seniors,” said Barbara Fields, HUD New England Regional Administrator. “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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