HUD Allocates $10M to Boost Safety in Public Housing Communities

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HUD Safety and Security Grants
HUD Awards $10 Million to Public Housing Agencies for Safety and Security Needs

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has granted $10 million to 56 Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) to fund capital improvements in public housing developments. These improvements aim to enhance the safety and security of the residents. The grants will support initiatives such as crime prevention, the installation of carbon monoxide detectors, smoke detectors, and fire alarms in 56 communities.

Secretary Marcia L. Fudge emphasized the importance of such investments, stating that they help ensure communities are equipped to not only handle emergencies, but to bolster their security measures and provide essential tools that can save lives. Richard J. Monocchio, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing, also highlighted the significance of these awards, that they address crucial concerns affecting the residents’ quality of life, safety, and long-term health.

The funds are part of HUD’s Capital Fund Emergency Safety and Security Program, which aids public housing authorities in enhancing the safety of public housing residents. The grants can be used for various purposes, including the installation, repair, and/or replacement of security systems, surveillance cameras, fencing, lighting systems, emergency alarm systems, window bars, deadbolt locks, doors, and carbon monoxide detectors.

Additionally, these funds align with the Biden-Harris Administration’s strategy to prevent and address gun crime and ensure public safety. This strategy focuses on implementing measures to reduce violent crime, control the circulation of firearms used in crimes, invest in evidence-based community violence interventions, and provide local law enforcement with necessary federal tools and resources.

Source: HUD