Cuyahoga County to Receive $35 Million in Public Housing

“Americans are turning to public agencies for housing assistance in record numbers. CMHA strives to maintain solid public housing. With such a major strain on their services, I know more could and should be done to help them. Fortunately, the Recovery Act provides significant aid,” said Representative Marcia Fudge (D-OH), who voted for the Recovery Act.

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that public housing authorities have nearly $3 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds available for improvements to public housing nationwide. Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) is slated to receive $35,068,004 in funding.

The announcement demonstrates one of the ways in which the Recovery Act creates jobs while beginning the process of filling a backlog of previously underfunded capital improvement projects.

Recovery Act funding provided through HUD’s Public Housing Capital Fund Program is effectively improving public housing by doubling the Department’s annual support of the local housing authority. Allocated through an established formula, this funding will allow local housing agencies to address the long-standing need to improve public housing, create jobs, and increase energy efficiency. HUD will also make an additional $1 billion in competitive capital funding available for housing authorities.

Indeed, HUD’s Capital Fund Program provides annual funding for public housing. It sets aside funds to develop, finance, and/or modernize public housing units while also making large-scale improvements such as the installation of energy efficient plumbing, electrical systems, and roofing.