In an effort to help improve and develop affordable rental housing throughout the state, U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) announced Friday that twenty-five Rhode Island public housing authorities will receive over $12 million in federal funding through the Public Housing Capital Fund Program. Local agencies may use the funding for a broad array of improvements, from replacing roofs and windows, to enhancing electrical and plumbing systems, to improving lighting and security.
“These are tough times, and this is a much needed investment in improving affordable housing in communities throughout Rhode Island. These federal funds could help put Rhode Island contractors, plumbers, and electricians to work making needed repairs that will upgrade neighborhoods across the state,” said Reed, who has been a champion of affordable rental housing.
Federal affordable housing initiatives help millions of low-income, disabled, senior citizens, and families while stabilizing neighborhoods throughout America. These properties are administered by local housing agencies, which receive federal aid to manage the housing of low-income residents at rents they can afford. There are approximately 9,500 public housing units in Rhode Island.
The grants are administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Public Housing Agencies in the following cities and towns will receive funding:
Central Falls: $337,388
East Greenwich: $31,972
East Providence: $436,912
North Providence: $120,418
South Kingston: $103,818
West Warwick: $231,787