The Recovery Act provided $3 billion in formula funds for public housing agencies to renovate and modernize the public housing stock. This funding will enable 3,124 Public Housing Authorities in fifty states, Washington D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands to expand the level of rehabilitation performed and to increase the number of units modernized. The types of activities will vary based on each PHA`s specific needs and its assessment of priorities. Specific activities are those eligible under the Capital Fund, which include physical improvements such as new building systems (heat, water and electrical), structural systems (roofs and exteriors) and other renovation and rehabilitation work that corrects building deficiencies and improves living conditions for public housing residents.
Many PHAs find the repair and/or renovation of existing public housing units does not always meet the needs of its residents nor does it enable the public housing project to blend into the existing community. In these instances, the PHA may consider the development of new housing either at a demolished site or elsewhere. It is important to note that the development process does take time to implement; therefore, PHAs need to consider the time factor in undertaking this process.
PHAs are expected to also undertake activities resulting in improved energy efficiency, reduced energy costs, and a lower carbon footprint. Activities include the use of Energy Star labeled appliances, weatherization, and the use of fuel efficient heating and air conditioning systems. PHAs can use energy audits to assess how much energy each unit or building consumes and to evaluate what measures can be taken to promote energy efficiency in their heating, cooling and hot water systems.
Project/Activity: PHAs will develop or rehabilitate public housing units.
Description: Specific activities are those eligible under the Capital Fund, which include physical improvements such as new building systems (heat, water, electrical), structural systems (roofs, exteriors) and other renovation and rehabilitation work that corrects building deficiencies and improves living conditions for public housing families. PHAs may also consider the development of new housing at a demolished site or elsewhere.
Project/Activity: Deliver training, technical assistance, monitoring, enforcement, research and evaluation activities.
Description: HUD will hire staff, build systems and capacity and work with grantees to ensure effective and efficient implementation.