The following is from the office of U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, D-RI:
U.S. Senator Jack Reed today announced that twenty-five Rhode Island cities and towns will receive a total of $12.6 million in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Public Housing Capital Fund Program. The money will be used by cities and towns to develop, finance, and modernize public housing in their communities.
“This federal funding will help Rhode Island housing authorities complete much-needed maintenance to their aging public housing developments,” said Reed, a senior member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee. “It is important that all Rhode Islanders have access to safe, secure and decent housing, and as we work together to reduce poverty and homelessness in Rhode Island and across the nation, these federal funds help ensure that cities and towns can preserve affordable housing while building stronger communities.”
The Public Housing Capital Fund Program provides local housing authorities with funding for capital and management activities, including the modernization and development of public housing. Local agencies can use the funding for a broad array of improvements from deferred maintenance needs and the replacement of obsolete utility systems and dwelling equipment to capital expenditures to improve the security and safety of residents.
Earlier this year, Reed, a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, helped advance the FY 2014 Omnibus Appropriations bill, which included $1.9 billion for HUD’s Public Housing Capital Fund Program, $98 million more than the FY 2013 level.
Public housing is essential for many Americans, serving millions of low-income residents and families, individuals with disabilities, and senior citizens while stabilizing neighborhoods throughout Rhode Island and across the United States. There are approximately 150 Section 8 and other subsidized housing developments in Rhode Island.
Public Housing Agencies in the following cities and towns will receive funding:
- Bristol Housing Authority, $189,253
- Burrillville Housing Authority, $93,601
- Central Falls Housing Authority, $352,514
- Coventry Housing Authority, $180,448
- Cranston Housing Authority, $635,537
- Cumberland Housing Authority, $148,689
- East Greenwich Housing Authority, $36,511
- East Providence Housing Authority, $492,484
- Housing Authority Of The City Of Pawtucket, $1,383,974
- Housing Authority Providence, $3,692,398
- Jamestown Housing Authority, $29,451
- Johnston Housing Authority, $152,981
- Lincoln Housing Authority, $254,861
- Narragansett Housing Authority, $15,258
- North Providence Housing Authority, $118,425
- Portsmouth Housing Authority, $37,877
- Smithfield Housing Authority, $57,272
- South Kingstown Housing Authority, $102,040
- The Housing Authority Of The City Of Newport, $1,765,898
- Tiverton Housing Authority, $44,870
- Warren Housing Authority, $140,414
- Warwick Housing Authority, $528,772
- West Warwick Housing Authority, $238,611
- Westerly Housing Authority, $133,200
- Woonsocket Housing Authority, $1,783,132