The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is awarding $13.7 million to public housing authorities (PHAs) throughout the country to make needed capital improvements in public housing developments that serve to enhance safety and security for residents.
In New York, HUD is awarding $1,161,357 to the following housing authorities: New York City (NYCHA), Albany, Plattsburg, Schenectady and Lockport.
“Keeping families who live in public housing safe in their homes is important to their health and everyday well-being,” HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge said. “These grants go a long way to ensure that public housing residents are protected and have peace of mind as they go about their lives.”
“Residents deserve to feel safe and protected in their homes, and funding for security enhancements is essential to their quality of life,” said Stephen Murphy, HUD deputy regional administrator for New York and New Jersey. “Improved lighting, security cameras, carbon monoxide detectors and other safety features will be purchased by public housing authorities in New York, providing peace of mind – especially to families with children and the elderly.”
The funds are awarded through HUD’s capital fund emergency safety and security program, which supports public housing authorities as they address the safety of public housing residents. These grants may be used to install, repair or replace capital equipment or systems that contribute to a safer living environment for residents, including security systems/surveillance cameras, fencing, lighting systems, emergency alarm systems, window bars, deadbolt locks, doors and carbon monoxide detectors.