American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Provides NRHA $9.19 million

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Kelly R. Williams

For Immediate Release
Release Date: 
Fri, 03/13/2009

Norfolk, VA (March 13, 2009) – Housing authorities nationwide received a $4 billion boost for much-needed renovation of assisted-rental properties when President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) into law on February 17. By comparison, the annual amount provided by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Public Housing Capital Fund was $2.3 billion in 2007.

On February 25, HUD announced Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority (NRHA) would receive $9.19 million.

“Near-term this funding will accelerate NRHA’s five-year capital improvement plan for assisted-rental housing and generate jobs, but longer-term funding challenges remain to upgrading these properties to the level of quality they need to be,” said NRHA Executive Director Shurl Montgomery.

Of the $4 billion, $3 billion is being distributed (using current HUD formula) to housing authorities for these priorities:

  • Capital projects that can be awarded bids within 120 days and completed in three years;
  • Rehabilitation of vacant rental units; and
  • Capital projects already underway or included in five-year capital fund plans previously submitted to HUD.

The remaining $1 billion will be distributed through a competitive process to be set by HUD for priority investments that leverage private sector financing for renovations and energy conservation investments. HUD must obligate this funding by September 30, 2009.

NRHA has submitted a list of priority projects (see attachment) to the Board of Commissioners that meets the above criteria.  The Board considered a resolution at their March 12 meeting authorizing a capital fund amendment for the $9.19 million. NRHA also plans to apply for the competitive round of funding.

“We will promptly move ahead with the Board of Commissioners, Tenant Management Councils and City partners on this near-term opportunity to improve the quality of life for our neighborhoods and invigorate the local economy,” said Montgomery.

About NRHA: 

Founded in 1940, NRHA is a national leader in community revitalization and fostering sustainable mixed-income communities. As the largest redevelopment and housing authority in Virginia, NRHA plays a key role in making Norfolk the city of choice to build, work, live and play.

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