HACEP awarded $8.9M to public housing improvements

 HACEP awarded $8.9M to public housing improvements
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Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 4:43pm

The Housing Authority of the City of El Paso, Texas (HACEP) will receive $8,984,829 in capital improvement funds for the 2013 fiscal year from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This is the largest federal allocation to a housing authority in Texas and represents a 27.3 percent increase in funding from fiscal year 2012 and a 2.7 percent increase from fiscal year 2011. 

These funds will be used to maintain and improve the quality of its 6,044 public housing units across El Paso.  This funding can be used to make large-scale improvements such as new roofs and to make energy-efficient upgrades to replace old plumbing and electrical systems.

“The increase to our annual federal revenues for capital expenditures is welcome news, but there is still a big gap in the funds that we receive compared to need for repairs and improvements to our public housing communities,” said Gerald Cichon, Chief Executive Officer of HACEP. "The impact of sequestration on top of continued budgetary reductions impact the very-low income residents of El Paso through delays to physical improvements, closed wait lists, reductions in subsidy standards, and longer waiting periods for families to receive housing assistance."

“These federal funds will help address HACEP's most pressing needs to provide quality and affordable housing to those who need it most,” said Congressman Beto O’Rourke. “I applaud all the staff for their continued hard work and dedication to serving the residents of the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso, especially in light of the sequestration enacted through the 2011 Budget Control Act.”

On August 8, HUD awarded $1.7 billion to more than 3,100 public housing authorities across the U.S, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands that manage the nation’s inventory of 1.2 million public housing units. In total, housing authorities in Texas received $71,408,057 in CFP funds allocated by a national formula based on the number and the age of public housing units operated by each housing authority.

“This funding is critical for housing authorities to maintain and improve public housing conditions for their residents,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. “However, with a significant repair backlog, I am encouraged by new, innovative long-term solutions HUD is exploring that can be combined with this funding to not only protect and preserve this housing for the next generation, but to also build the quality infrastructure necessary for families to thrive.”

In related news, the El Paso County Housing Authority in Fabens and the Anthony Housing Authority will receive $104,450 and $33,007 in CFP funds, respectively.

Top ten Texas housing authorities in terms of CFP funds received for FY2013:

1. El Paso: 8,984,829
2. San Antonio: 7,826,175
3. Dallas: 4,730,093
4. Houston: 4,643,927
5. Austin: 2,291,947
6. Corpus Christi: 2,067,032
7. Fort Worth: 1,458,201
8. Brownsville: 1,435,363
9. Galveston: 1,419,978
10. Laredo: 1,163,993

For the full national list of CFP funding allocations, visit:
http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/press/press_releases_media_advi...

  

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