The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Public Housing Capital Fund Program recently awarded a total of $11.7 million in federal funding to 25 Rhode Island cities and towns.
According to U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, public housing agencies that will receive funding include Bristol, Burrillville, Central Falls, Coventry, Cranston, Cumberland, East Greenwich, East Providence, Jamestown, Johnston, Lincoln, Narragansett, Newport, North Providence, Pawtucket, Portsmouth, Providence, Smithfield, South Kingstown, Tiverton, Warren, Warwick, West Warwick, Westerly and Woonsocket.
There are approximately 9,500 public housing units in Rhode Island and public housing serves millions of low-income, disabled, senior citizens and families.
From the federal funding, the Narragansett Housing Authority will receive $13,758 and the South Kingstown Housing Authority will receive $102,250.
“This federal funding will help Rhode Island housing authorities preserve affordable housing, build stronger neighborhoods, and put more contractors to work making needed repairs,” Sen. Reed said in a statement. “It is important that we do everything we can to reduce poverty and homelessness and help local housing agencies make much-needed improvements to their aging housing stock.”
The Public Housing Capital Fund Program provides local housing authorities with funding for capital and management activities, including modernization and development of public housing.