By Charlie Breitrose
The Malden Housing Authority recently received a $1,676,785 grant from the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to make repairs and improvements to housing authority properties.
The money was part of more than $50 million awarded in Massachusetts through the HUD’s Capital Fund Program.
“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.”
Money goes toward major improvements such as new roofs or making housing more energy efficient.
“Housing authorities in Massachusetts count on this funding to maintain and improve their public housing for many families, especially the most vulnerable – our seniors,” said Barbara Fields, the HUD New England Regional Administrator. “HUD is currently taking bold steps to preserve this affordable housing.”
The money was awarded based on a formula based on the number, type and age of units in the community, according to the HUD announcement.