R.I. communities get federal grant for public housing

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island municipalities have been awarded about $12.9 million in federal funding for the upkeep and preservation of public housing.

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed announced that 25 Rhode Island cities and towns that are home to more than 9,400 public housing households will use the money to develop and modernize public housing in their communities.

Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat, helped secure the funding. He says it will help housing authorities preserve affordable housing, build stronger neighborhoods and put more contractors to work making necessary repairs.

The grants are awarded to public housing authorities through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Public Housing Capital Fund Program.

Reed says public housing is essential and the capital fund helps housing agencies preserve homes so families aren’t displaced.

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