HUD AWARDS $ 4.1 MILLION TO 17 PUBLIC HOUSING AGENCIES TO SUPPORT EMERGENCY, SAFETY AND SECURITY NEEDS IN PUBLIC HOUSING

WASHINGTON, DC – February 13, 2012 – (RealEstateRama) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded  $4.1 million to 17 public housing authorities to address emergency, safety and security needs at their public housing properties, including measures necessary to fight crime and drug  activities.

“Feeling safe in your own home is essential in any neighborhood,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. “These grants allow public housing authorities to make the necessary improvement to ensure families who live in public housing feel safe in their homes and surrounding neighborhoods.”

The following housing authorities will receive this funding:

STATE Recipient Amount
Arkansas Pine Bluff Housing Authority $241,155
Connecticut Hartford Housing Authority $250,000
Meriden Housing Authority $244,890
Bridgeport Housing Authority $240,000
Illinois City of Freeport $250,000
Rockford Housing Authority $248,100
Massachusetts New Bedford Housing Authority $250,000
Chelsea Housing Authority $250,000
Worcester Housing Authority $250,000
Michigan City of Jackson $244,695
Mississippi Canton Housing Authority $185,000
Nebraska Omaha Housing Authority $249,390
New York Housing Authority of Troy $250,000
Pennsylvania Mercer County Housing Authority $250,000
Texas City of Fort Worth $250,000
Houston Housing Authority $250,000
San Antonio Housing Authority $250,000
Total $4,153,230

HUD’s Capital Fund Emergency Safety and Security Program supports emergency, safety and security needs of public housing authorities.  Safety and security emergencies include sudden increases in threat levels that pose a risk to the health and safety of public housing residents due to violent crimes or property related crimes within the public housing community.

These grants may be used to install, repair, or replace capital needs items including, but not limited to, security systems/surveillance cameras, fencing, lighting systems, emergency alarm systems, window bars, deadbolt locks and doors.

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Contact:
Donna White
(202) 708-0685

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is the nation’s housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development, and enforces the nation’s fair housing laws.

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