As part of a $1.7 billion payment to about 3,100 housing authorities across the country, the federal Housing and Urban Development agency announced last month the funds to be awarded to public housing authorities in Rhode Island was more than $11.7 million that will be used to make major large-scale improvements to their public housing units for families and seniors. The following housing authorities in Rhode Island will receive this funding. Housing Authority of the City of Newport $1,691,595; Portsmouth Housing Authority $38,253; Jamestown Housing Authority $28,288; none were listed for Middletown.
Newport was third highest in the state following Housing Authority Providence $3,228,877 and Woonsocket Housing Authority $1,823,349. Fourth highest allocation went to Housing Authority of the City of Pawtucket $1,175,821.
The grants announced were provided through HUD’s Capital Fund Program, which provides funding annually to all public housing authorities to build, repair, renovate and/or modernize the public housing in their communities. The authorities use the funding to do large-scale improvements to the housing such as new roofs or to Saturday,make energy-Novemberefficient upgrades to replace old plumbing2, 13 and electrical systems.