R.I. housing authorities awarded $11.7M for public housing improvements

Rhode Island public housing authorities have received more than $11.7 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to fund large-scale improvements in public housing units, the department’s New England regional office announced Thursday. More

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R.I. housing authorities awarded $11.7M for public housing improvements

THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND Urban Development awarded $11.7 million in grants to Rhode Island's public housing authorities.
Posted 8/8/13

BOSTON — Rhode Island public housing authorities have received more than $11.7 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to fund large-scale improvements in public housing units, the department’s New England regional office announced Thursday.

The funds were awarded by HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.

“Housing authorities in Rhode Island count on this funding to maintain and improve their public housing for many families, especially the most vulnerable — our seniors,” Barbara Fields, New England regional administrator for Housing and Urban Development, said in a statement.

“HUD is currently taking bold steps to preserve this affordable housing,” said Fields.

The federal department provided these grants through its Capital Fund Program, which annually awards funding “to all public housing authorities to build, repair, renovate and/or modernize the public housing in their communities,” the New England Regional Office said in a release.

Authorities use the funding to perform large-scale improvements to public housing, such as new roofs and energy-efficient upgrades for plumbing and electrical systems. Funds from the Capital Fund Program may also go toward management improvements at the public housing authorities, according to the release.

HUD provides Capital Fund grants to about 3,100 public housing agencies across the country using a formula that considers number, type and age of units in a community, according to the release.

The largest grant in Rhode Island went to Housing Authority Providence, which will receive more than $3.2 million. Smaller grants to the Ocean State ranged from $28,288 for Jamestown to $1.8 million for Woonsocket.

The full listing of housing authority grant amounts in Rhode Island is below.

Bristol Housing Authority:

$189,744

Burrillville Housing Authority:

$83,888

Central Falls Housing Authority:

$341,939

Coventry Housing Authority:

$214,661

Cranston Housing Authority:

$568,618

Cumberland Housing Authority:

$151,910

East Greenwich Housing Authority:

$33,156

East Providence Housing Authority:

$389,590

Housing Authority of the City of Pawtucket:

$1,175,821

Housing Authority Providence:

$3,228,877

Jamestown Housing Authority:

$28,288

Johnston Housing Authority:

$172,104

Lincoln Housing Authority:

$280,988

Narragansett Housing Authority:

$13,758

North Providence Housing Authority:

$126,526

Portsmouth Housing Authority:

$38,253

Smithfield Housing Authority:

$51,630

South Kingstown Housing Authority:

$102,250

The Housing Authority of the City of Newport:

$1,691,595

Tiverton Housing Authority:

$42,161

Warren Housing Authority:

$142,325

Warwick Housing Authority:

$494,760

West Warwick Housing Authority:

$207,116

Westerly Housing Authority:

$130,991

Woonsocket Housing Authority:

$1,823,349

Rhode Island Total:

$11,724,298

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