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HUD gives New Hampshire $7.9m for housing authority improvements

New Hampshire Union Leader

May 22. 2018 9:25PM

More than a dozen New Hampshire housing authorities will soon see an influx of cash to help with large-scale improvements courtesy of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grants.

The agency announced Tuesday that it had allocated more than $2.6 billion to housing authorities nationwide, and $7.9 million in New Hampshire through its capital fund program.

The money will be used for major projects such as replacing roofs, plumbing, and electrical systems or to upgrade energy efficiency.

“This funding will assist New Hampshire public housing agencies as they work to provide the best housing possible for their residents,” David Tille, HUD’s New England regional administrator, said in a statement.

In total, 14 housing authorities in New Hampshire received capital funding program grants.

Among the top recipients were the Manchester Housing & Redevelopment Authority, which received $2,208,724; the Nashua Housing Authority, which received $1,268,541; the Dover Housing Authority, which received $990,093; the Portsmouth Housing Authority, which received $815,926; and the Concord Housing Authority, which received $540,472.

A 2011 HUD study found that the country’s 1.1 million public housing units are in need of $25.6 billion in large-scale repairs, the agency said in a statement.

“We’ve been deferring maintenance on projects for a while,” Manchester Housing & Redevelopment Authority Executive Director Dick Webster said. “We certainly have a substantial list of things to choose from. But it’s good news, it’s better news than we’ve had in years.”

HUD grants in NH: Where the money is going

More than a dozen New Hampshire housing authorities will soon receive U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grants. Here's the breakdown:

Berlin Housing Authority $94,569
Claremont Housing Authority $169,140
Concord Housing Authority $540,472
Dover Housing Authority $990,093
Exeter Housing Authority $206,709
Housing Authority of the City of Rochester NH $441,282
Housing Authority of the Town of Newmarket $106,646
Housing Authority of the Town of Salem $278,893
Laconia Housing & Redevelopment Authority $194,550
Lebanon Housing Authority $310,105
Manchester Housing & Redevelopment Authority $2,208,724
Nashua Housing Authority $1,268,541
Portsmouth Housing Authority $815,926
Somersworth Housing Authority $330,029
New Hampshire Total $7,955,679

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