Hawaii Public Housing Authority (HPHA) had been helping provide its residents with decent, sustainable, and affordable housing without discrimination throughout the years. They are responsible for the development of affordable public housing, rental and supportive housing, and other types of housing services in the state of Hawaii.
HPHA helps provide different government funded housing grants, as well as, private grants for housing. They are dedicated to increase the affordable housing opportunities for every Hawaiian resident.
With the approval of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the additional funding of the Hawaii Public Housing Authority, an amount totaling to $9,454,397was released for public housing in the state. This funding is granted to make the long overdue major large scale improvements to Hawaii public housing units.
Grants for Housing Through Capital Fund Program
Capital Fund Program is HUD’s program responsible for providing annual funding to all public housing authorities. These are the funds used annually for building, repairing, renovating, and even modernizing the public housing units achieved through housing government grants.
The funding will also be used for the large scale improvements and much needed renovations for the public housing units acquired through various home grants. The large scale improvements will include renovation and replacement of roofs, as well as, doing upgrades in the electrical and plumbing departments to make the public housing communities more energy efficient.
Approval of Comprehensive Tool for Home Grants in Hawaii
As HUD’s budget for 2012 for all the public housing authorities in each state had recently been approved, Congress had also authorized HUD to start with their new comprehensive tool. This new comprehensive tool is called Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD).
RAD is a critical demonstration tool with the goal of helping preserve and enhance decent and affordable housing throughout the country. Obama Administration thinks this is a good way to bring the public housing sector back on its way to attaining firm financial footing once again.
This demonstration tool aims to bring more than 60,000 properties in long-term, project-based rental assistance contracts. This will then allow around $6.1 billion to be raised by the public housing authorities. This is in hope of reducing the deep backlog in the public housing sector industry.
Housing Government Grants and a Glance Into Last Year’s Study
The study that HUD released last year is called Capital Needs in the Public Housing Program. The program study was the one responsible for updating the national estimate of all the capital needs in the public housing sector.
The study determined that an estimate of $26.5 billion is needed to fill every need in public housing. The amount is said to have ballooned because of the recent economy problems causing less funding for repairs and renovations leading to significant loss of housing units and home grants.