Public Housing Agencies Get $10M For Safety, Security Improvements

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will award $10 million to 55 Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) through the entire country to create capital improvements to improve security and safety for residents of public housing developments.

“Families who reside in public housing deserve to be safe within their homes,” said HUD Deputy Secretary Adrianne Todman. “These grants help ensure medical and safety of public housing residents to allow them to start living their everyday lives peacefully and never have to be worried about having a secure spot to call home.”

(Photo: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD))

The funds are awarded through HUD’s Capital Fund Emergency Security Program, which supports public housing authorities because they address the safety of public housing residents. These grants may be used to install, repair, or replace capital systems or equipment that donate 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.

“The Omaha Housing Authority wish to thank Deputy Secretary Todman and the complete team at the Department of Housing and Urban Development for the $247,000 Emergency Security and safety Grant Award,” said Joanie Poore, CEO of the Omaha Housing Authority. “This grant award allows OHA to convert all non-residential doors which are currently secured with a keyed lockset or deadbolt to an access control system with two-factor authentication and intrusion alarms.   Additionally, this can allow OHA to upgrade exterior fencing and lighting to lessen locations which are hidden from view.   These investments shall happen at four of OHA’s tower locations.   We appreciate the capability to invest in additional safety precautions to aid our the individuals and families OHA gets the possibility to serve.

“Because the oldest housing authority in the united kingdom, the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority is focused on creating safe, quality, and affordable housing opportunities to the grouped communities we serve,” said Jeffery K. Patterson, CEO the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority. “We have been appreciative that the Department of Housing and Urban Development offers these essential resources to aid our efforts in providing a safer living environment for the residents in Cuyahoga County. CMHA is grateful because of this opportunity extremely, and we are seeking to moving this initiative ahead forward.”

“The overwhelming most our residents are law-abiding, rule-following citizens,” said Steven Fischer, Executive Director of the Chester Housing Authority. “This little extra support shall go quite a distance toward putting extra eyes on the community, making it safer to improve their own families. They appreciate this.”

“We’re thankful for the continued partnership we’ve with HUD, and because of this Emergency Security Grant, that will allow us to create critical upgrades to avoid crime inside our Public Housing communities,” said Cheryl Churchill, Executive Director of the populous city of Eureka and County of Humboldt Housing Authorities. “With the grant funding, and in line with the City of Eureka’s Community Safety Engagement Team that helped us analyze our locations to look for the most impactful solutions, we’ll have the ability to significantly increase the security for most of our resident families.”

“The WHA is grateful to be awarded HUD’s Emergency Security and safety grant in the quantity of $244,188 for the security and safety emergencies we have been experiencing that pose a threat to medical and safety of our residents,” said Bob Moreau, Executive Director of the Woonsocket Housing Authority. “It’ll be utilized to enhance the security infrastructure at Morin Heights – among us developments.”

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