PROVIDENCE, RI – March 23, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) today announced that 25 Rhode Island communities will receive a total of $3,292,642 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Public Housing Operating Fund. The money will be used to support the operation, upkeep, and management of public housing facilities across the state.
“All Rhode Islanders should have access to a safe, secure, and decent place to call home. At a time when public housing resources have become all too scarce, this federal funding will help Rhode Island housing authorities work to address the basic needs of their residents and maintain public housing developments,” said Reed, a senior member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee. “If Congress doesn’t invest in public housing, more families could become homeless, which leads to greater costs down the road. I will continue working on a bipartisan basis to preserve and expand affordable rental housing opportunities and improve housing conditions for more Rhode Islanders.”
The HUD Public Housing Operating Fund provides local housing authorities with funding to assist in the efficient management and operation of public housing units, including routine preventative maintenance, anti-crime and anti-drug activities, service coordination for senior and disabled residents, and energy conservation efforts. Local agencies can also put the funding towards debt incurred in the rehabilitation and development of public housing units, as well as the costs of insurance.
Late last year, the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) passed the FY 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill, which included $4.4 billion for the Public Housing Operating Fund, $40 million more than the FY 2014 level. Then a member of the THUD subcommittee, Reed now serves as the panel’s ranking member.
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.
HUD offers rental assistance to more than 36,000 households in Rhode Island.
Public Housing Agencies in the following cities and towns will receive funding:
Bristol Housing Authority, $38,735
Burrillville Housing Authority, $16,827
Central Falls Housing Authority, $85,581
Coventry Housing Authority, $35,801
Cranston Housing Authority, $128,778
Cumberland Housing Authority, $26,047
East Greenwich Housing Authority, $17,336
East Providence Housing Authority, $117,861
Housing Authority Of The City Of Pawtucket, $372,099
Housing Authority Providence, $1,251,834
Jamestown Housing Authority, $7,020
Johnston Housing Authority, $31,727
Lincoln Housing Authority, $43,826
Narragansett Housing Authority, $3,216
North Providence Housing Authority, $63,070
Portsmouth Housing Authority, $8,286
Smithfield Housing Authority, $12,783
South Kingstown Housing Authority, $26,073
The Housing Authority Of The City Of Newport, $321,010
Tiverton Housing Authority, $8,923
Warren Housing Authority, $36,648
Warwick Housing Authority, $116,215
West Warwick Housing Authority, $36,785
Westerly Housing Authority, $38,843
Woonsocket Housing Authority, $447,318