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HUD R3 No. 13-52
Niki Edwards
(215) 430-6622
www.hud.gov/pennsylvania
FOR RELEASE
Thursday
August 8, 2013

 HUD AWARDS PENNSYLVANIA HOUSING AUTHORITIES $117.3 MILLION
TO IMPROVE, PRESERVE NATION’S PUBLIC HOUSING STOCK

PHILADELPHIA – U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan awarded today public housing authorities in Pennsylvania $117,380,587 to make major large-scale improvements to their public housing units. 

These grants are provided through HUD’s Capital Fund Program, which awards 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 Pennsylvania count on this funding to maintain and improve their public housing for families, especially the most vulnerable – our seniors,” said Jane C.W. Vincent, HUD’s Regional Administrator of the mid-Atlantic region. “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 United States. 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, which will benefit current and future applicants and participants.

Pennsylvania Housing Authorities
Allegheny County Housing Authority $4,379,891
Allentown Housing Authority $1,834,517
Altoona Housing Authority $520,439
Bethlehem Housing Authority $1,958,457
Bradford City Housing Authority $226,908
Bradford County Housing Authority $390,069
Bucks County Housing Authority $561,739
Carbon County Housing Authority $143,319
Centre County Housing Authority $25,519
Chester Housing Authority $1,538,785
Clearfield County Housing Authority $201,267
Columbia County Housing Authority $80,083
Connellsville Housing Authority $203,038
Easton Housing Authority $662,077
Fayette County Housing Authority $2,062,017
Harrisburg Housing Authority $2,540,966
Housing Authority of the County of Lawrence $928,245
Housing Authority of the County of Northumberland $251,870
Housing Authority of the County of Delaware $1,449,331
Housing Authority of Indiana County $197,867
Housing Authority of the City of Corry $69,898
Housing Authority of the City of Dubois $200,219
Housing Authority of the City of Erie $2,692,267
Housing Authority of the City of Franklin $112,349
Housing Authority of the City of McKeesport $1,672,176
Housing Authority of the City of Meadville $401,031
Housing Authority of the City of Oil City $162,850
Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh $12,542,370
Housing Authority of the City of Pittston $390,374
Housing Authority of the City of Pottsville $557,296
Housing Authority of the City of York $1,144,486
Housing Authority of the County of Armstrong $572,981
Housing Authority of the County of Beaver $2,625,172
Housing Authority of the County of Bedford $24,750
Housing Authority of the County of Berks $237,346
Housing Authority of the County of Blair $93,732
Housing Authority of the County of Butler $432,120
Housing Authority of the County of Chester $325,889
Housing Authority of the County of Clarion $49,577
Housing Authority of the County of Cumberland $241,665
Housing Authority of the County of Dauphin $716,145
Housing Authority of the County of Elk $146,772
Housing Authority of the County of Erie $114,543
Housing Authority of the County of Franklin $428,410
Housing Authority of the County of Greene $349,413
Housing Authority of the  County of Huntingdon $399,727
Housing Authority of the County of Jefferson $318,143
Housing Authority of the County of Lebanon $499,686
Housing Authority of the County of Luzerne $1,497,588
Housing Authority of the County of Lycoming $657,283
Housing Authority of the County of McKean $261,820
Housing Authority of the County of Venango $27,019
Housing Authority of the County of Warren $293,742
Johnstown Housing Authority $1,647,192
Lackawanna County Housing Authority $1,491,637
Lehigh County Housing Authority $255,492
Mercer County Housing Authority $888,999
Montgomery County Housing Authority $674,370
Northampton County Housing Authority $96,682
Philadelphia Housing Authority $49,176,047
Reading Housing Authority $1,866,196
Schuylkill County Housing Authority $703,306
Scranton Housing Authority $1,473,047
Shamokin Housing Authority $214,288
Snyder County Housing Authority $52,527
Somerset County Housing Authority $236,657
Sunbury Housing Authority $368,083
Susquehanna County Housing/Redevelopment Authority $55,049
The Housing Authority of the City of Carbondale $389,792
The Housing Authority of the City of Lancaster $671,189
The Housing Authority of the City of Nanticoke $448,628
The Housing Authority of the County of Mifflin $275,688
The Housing Authority of Clinton County $552,682
The Housing Authority of Monroe County $356,999
The Housing Authority of Montour County $138,521
The Housing Authority of the City of Hazleton $306,953
The Wyoming County Housing & Redevelopment Authority $68,634
Tioga County Housing Authority $509,882
Titusville Housing Authority $183,547
Washington County Housing Authority $1,020,577
Westmoreland County Housing Authority $1,853,045
Wilkes-Barre Housing Authority $989,635
Total $117,380,587
 
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