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HUD Region V No. 13-61
Laura J. Feldman
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Thursday
August 8, 2013

HUD AWARDS OHIO HOUSING AUTHORITIES NEARLY $75 MILLION TO IMPROVE, PRESERVE NATION'S PUBLIC HOUSING STOCK
Housing authorities across the U.S., territories use funding to maintain housing for families, seniors

CHICAGO - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today awarded public housing authorities in Ohio nearly $75 million for major large-scale improvements to their public housing units.

See chart below for list of housing authorities in Ohio who will receive this funding.

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 Ohio count on this funding to maintain and improve their public housing for many families, especially the most vulnerable - our seniors," said Antonio R. Riley, HUD's Midwest 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.

Public Housing Authority 2013 Capital Funding
Adams Metropolitan Housing Authority $166,207
Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority $6,570,562
Allen Metropolitan Housing Authority $320,182
Ashtabula Metropolitan Housing Authority $748,662
Athens Metropolitan Housing Authority $98,064
Belmont Metropolitan Housing Authority $844,745
Brown Metropolitan Housing Authority $26,166
Butler Metropolitan Housing Authority $1,502,407
Cambridge Metropolitan Housing Authority $208,818
Chillicothe Metropolitan Housing Authority $460,350
Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority $10,641,216
Clermont Metropolitan Housing Authority $241,707
Columbiana Metropolitan Housing Authority $548,813
Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority $4,538,218
Coshocton Metropolitan Housing Authority $151,450
Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority $21,359,840
Dayton Metropolitan Housing Authority $5,634,710
Erie Metropolitan Housing Authority $275,205
Fairfield Metropolitan Housing Authority $132,209
Gallia Metropolitan Housing Authority $163,228
Geauga Metropolitan Housing Authority $248,745
Greene Metropolitan Housing Authority $447,684
Harrison Metropolitan Housing Authority $40,329
Hocking Metropolitan Housing Authority $176,903
Ironton Metropolitan Housing Authority $312,155
Jackson County Metropolitan Housing Authority $165,943
Jefferson Metropolitan Housing Authority $990,374
Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority $211,967
Licking Metropolitan Housing Authority $80,824
Logan County Metropolitan Housing Authority $135,504
London Metropolitan Housing Authority $101,241
Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority $1,807,116
Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority $4,172,545
Medina Metropolitan Housing Authority $68,701
Miami Metropolitan Housing Authority $134,223
Morgan Metropolitan Housing Authority $69,545
Noble Metropolitan Housing Authority $28,819
Parma Public Housing Agency $66,016
Perry County Metropolitan Housing Authority $135,382
Pickaway Metropolitan Housing Authority $144,727
Pike Metropolitan Housing Authority $115,664
Portage Metropolitan Housing Authority $375,720
Portsmouth Metropolitan Housing Authority $1,110,175
Sandusky Metropolitan Housing Authority $51,355
Shelby Metropolitan Housing Authority $199,458
Springfield Metropolitan Housing Authority $933,370
Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority $3,080,360
Trumbull Metropolitan Housing Authority $1,594,311
Warren Metropolitan Housing Authority $242,758
Wayne Metropolitan Housing Authority $218,957
Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority $1,887,775
Zanesville Metropolitan Housing Authority $915,529
Ohio Total $74,896,934

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