NEWARK, NJ - The Newark Housing Authority (NHA) has received $24 million from the federal government that will go towards making capital improvements in its public housing.
The funds come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) capital fund grant program. Improvements at public housing for this year include roof work at senior citizen high rises, elevator upgrades, routine painting, and replacements of water service lines.
“The Newark Housing Authority has made a commitment to improve the quality of life throughout all our complexes,” said NHA Director Victor Cirilo. “This capital investment comes at the right time as we seek to address the physical condition of our existing properties and put more apartments back into service.”
The funding comes following a 2011 study from HUD that estimated $25.6 billion in repairs would be needed at public housing across the nation. The Newark Housing found that hundreds of its vacant apartments need funding following an internal assessment of capital needs.
“We thank New Jersey’s Congressional delegation for responding to the needs of Newark’s residents for quality housing that they can afford,” said Mayor Ras Baraka. “These funds will be a big help to Newark in upgrading the condition of our public housing and expanding the availability of decent, safe, and sanitary public housing apartments.”
The Newark Housing Authority will also use the funds to fix leaking underground steam pipes, repave parking lots and purchase heavy snow removal equipment. Trash compactors will also be bought and hundreds of vacant apartments rehabilitated.
Over 12,000 units are managed by the Newark Housing Authority. It is the largest housing authority in New Jersey.