New Hampshire housing authorities across the state are set to receive a total of $7.9 million in U.S. Housing and Urban Development funds.
HUD says the yearly Capital Fund Allocations will go toward large-scale improvements like roof repairs and upgrades to electrical systems at properties overseen by public housing agencies.
"The housing authorities have relied on this funding over the years to make these repairs,” says Rhonda Siciliano, a spokesperson for the regional HUD office that serves New Hampshire. “This is a major source of their funding."
Allocations range for individual authorities, including more than $2 million for Manchester and about $100,000 dollars for Newmarket.
Ernie Clark is Executive Director of the Housing Authority in Newmarket and says their portion of the funds will go toward some much-needed repairs at the Great Hill Terrace units.
"We have a major problem with 40-year-old sewer lines,” Clark said. “We’re very surprised and pleased we received more in capital funds than we have in five or six years on our annual grant.
According to HUD, an independent study released in 2011 estimated there were about $26 billion dollars in repairs needed for the nation's more than one million public housing units.