Hawaii Delegation Announces More Than $9 Million For Public Housing

February 13, 2015
Press Release
Washington, D.C. –Today, Hawai‘i’s congressional delegation announced the Hawai‘i Public Housing Authority (HPHA) will receive a $9,036,788 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as part of its Capital Fund Program for Public Housing Agencies.
 
“Safe, affordable housing is a basic necessity that every person deserves,” said Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i). “This important investment by HUD will make sure the Hawai‘i Public Housing Authority has the resources to help build and maintain public housing units in our most vulnerable communities.  As a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, I am committed to ensuring that Hawai‘i receives its fair share so that those individuals and families most in need have a safe place to call home.”
 
“Having a safe and stable home is a basic necessity. However, 28,000 Hawaii residents are on wait lists for affordable housing,” said Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawai‘i). “Every family in Hawaii deserves a place to call home and investing in families striving to enter the middle class is one of the best investments we can make. This much needed grant will allow the Hawaii Public Housing Authority to modernize and develop affordable housing across the state.”
 
“Too many families in Hawai’i are struggling just to stay in their homes,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02). “This funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development will help replace distressed units, support jobs in our community, and bring quality affordable housing within reach for many Hawai'i families.  With this grant, the Hawai’i Housing Authority will be able to improve housing units across our state.”
 
“The lack of affordable housing is an issue that is reaching a critical point in Hawaii,” said Congressman Mark Takai (HI-01). “We need to take action and we need to do so now, that is why I am pleased to announce with the rest of Hawaii’s Federal Delegation the granting of over $9,000,000 to Hawaii from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. These funds will go a long way in helping to provide much needed renovations to public housing developments, while creating new affordable housing and providing a stimulus to our local economy.”
 
HUD’s Capital Fund program offers funding to approximately 3,100 public housing authorities annually to build, repair, renovate and/or modernize public housing in their communities.  Funding may be used to make large-scale improvements such as replacing roofs or making energy-efficient upgrades to replace old plumbing and electrical systems.
 
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