HUD Awards $52.2 Million to Improve, Preserve Public Housing in Massachusetts

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HUD Secretary Julián Castro

BOSTON – U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro announced HUD is allocating $52.9 million to public housing authorities in Massachusetts to make needed capital improvements in their properties. View a complete list of all the public housing authorities awarded funding. (The complete list of the projects is in the bottom of this article.)

HUD Secretary Julián Castro
HUD Secretary Julián Castro

The grants announced today are provided through HUD’s Capital Fund Program, which offers annual funding to approximately 3,100 public housing authorities across the country to build, repair, renovate and/or modernize the public housing in their communities. These housing authorities use the funding to complete large-scale improvements such as replacing roofs or making energy-efficient upgrades to replace old plumbing and electrical systems.

To help provide residents with decent, safe and sanitary housing 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.

“HUD has a responsibility to provide public housing residents with a quality and safe roof over their heads,” said HUD Secretary Julian Castro. “This funding, in addition to assistance from the private sector through HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration Program, will help housing authorities address longstanding capital improvements and preserve and enhance America’s affordable housing.”

For more than 75 years, the federal government has been investing billions of dollars in developing and maintaining public housing – including providing critical support through the Capital Fund grants announced today. Nonetheless, there has been a net loss of over 135,000 public housing units since fiscal year 2000, representing an average loss of approximately 9,000 units annually.

In 2011, HUD released Capital Needs in the Public Housing Program, a third-party independent study that estimated the capital needs in the public housing stock in the U.S. The study found the nation’s 1.1 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.

Since Congress authorized the RAD demonstration in November of 2011, early results show it is generating significant additional capital for public and assisted housing. HUD has made awards to 60,000 public and assisted housing units in more than 340 different projects across the country. Through these awards, housing authorities have proposed to generate approximately $3 billion in capital repairs by leveraging private debt and equity, which will preserve or replace distressed units and support local jobs in their communities – all without additional federal resources.

List allocations in Massachusetts:

Massachusetts Total $                     52,997,364
Amherst Housing Authority $                             22,524
Auburn Housing Authority $                           111,561
Barnstable Housing Authority $                             89,654
Beverly Housing Authority $                           214,827
Boston Housing Authority $                     17,836,280
Bourne Housing Authority $                             79,553
Brockton Housing Authority $                       2,046,686
Brookline Housing Authority $                           696,163
Cambridge Housing Authority $                       1,998,832
Chelsea Housing Authority $                           659,509
Chicopee Housing Authority $                           553,194
Clinton Housing Authority $                           122,987
Concord Housing Authority $                             36,492
Danvers Housing Authority $                             98,713
Dedham Housing Authority $                             30,286
Dracut Housing Authority $                             37,075
Fall River Housing Authority $                       2,615,733
Falmouth Housing Authority $                           287,798
Fitchburg Housing Authority $                           144,190
Framingham Housing Authority $                           315,237
Gloucester Housing Authority $                           116,165
Groveland Housing Authority $                             60,132
Hanson Housing Authority $                               7,984
Holyoke Housing Authority $                       1,166,420
Hudson Housing Authority $                           106,656
Lawrence Housing Authority $                       1,638,429
Lexington Housing Authority $                           103,255
Lowell Housing Authority $                       2,766,696
Lynn Housing Authority $                           719,968
Malden Housing Authority $                       1,748,124
Maynard Housing Authority $                             45,483
Medford Housing Authority $                           951,004
Medway Housing Authority $                           344,758
Methuen Housing Authority $                             59,806
Milford Housing Authority $                             73,480
Needham Housing Authority $                           184,536
New Bedford Housing Authority $                       3,184,967
Newburyport Housing Authority $                             47,067
Newton Housing Authority $                           290,435
North Adams Housing Authority $                           420,718
North Andover Housing Authority $                           123,712
Northampton Housing Authority $                           120,715
Norwood Housing Authority $                           104,892
Pembroke Housing Authority $                             54,529
Pittsfield Housing Authority $                           198,418
Plymouth Housing Authority $                           127,981
Quincy Housing Authority $                           948,220
Revere Housing Authority $                           231,888
Rockland Housing Authority $                             44,809
Salem Housing Authority $                             44,297
Saugus Housing Authority $                           116,334
Scituate Housing Authority $                             50,630
Shrewsbury Housing Authority $                             99,833
Somerville Housing Authority $                           834,378
Springfield Housing Authority $                       2,385,209
Stoughton Housing Authority $                             41,256
Swansea Housing Authority $                               9,127
Taunton Housing Authority $                           753,113
Tewksbury Housing Authority $                             55,333
Wakefield Housing Authority $                             42,528
Waltham Housing Authority $                           350,684
Watertown Housing Authority $                             58,524
Wayland Housing Authority $                           158,601
Webster Housing Authority $                             65,873
Weymouth Housing Authority $                             87,315
Winchendon Housing Authority $                           153,190
Woburn Housing Authority $                           122,059
Worcester Housing Authority $                       3,580,539

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