Utica, Rome receive federal housing funds


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded a total $795,550,066 in funding to 71 public housing authorities (PHAs) in New York to make capital investments in their public housing properties.

Rome is slated to receive $595,497, while Utica will get a total $2,823,236.

The funding is part of $3.2 billion in Fiscal Year 2022 Capital Fund Program Awards to 2,813 PHAs in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

“It is essential for public housing authorities to preserve existing affordable housing, and this HUD funding will go a long way to assist with major improvements,” said Alicka Ampry-Samuel, HUD Regional Administrator for New York and New York Jersey.

“HUD’s Capital Fund Program allocates funding annually for the development, financing, and modernization of public housing properties and management improvements to ensure their residents’ health, safety, and quality of life,” Ampry-Samuel added.

Maureen P. Birmingham, executive director of Rome Housing Authority, said the money is earmarked for additional improvements at Valentine Apartments, and some monies will be saved to the authority’s capital fund for future projects.

“We’re hoping to have Valentine Apartments done next year,” said Birmingham. “We’ve replaced the hallway floor which was carpet, to vinyl, which is easier to maintain. We did three floors last year and will be doing the other three floors this year.”

Birmingham said there will also be a new parking lot installed at Valentine Apartments, as well as a new camera system for security.

Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo said any funds helping to support improvements to public housing to benefit city residents is always good news.

The funding “will help tremendously in improving and maintaining our publicly-owned facilities,” the mayor said.

Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri said HUD monies will help the city address homelessness, affordable housing, infrastructure improvements and provide youth and senior services. Those efforts will be part of the city’s 2022-23 annual Action Plan, soon to be released by the Department of Urban & Economic Development.

HUD’s Public Housing Capital Fund Program offers annual funding to all public housing authorities to build, renovate, and/or modernize the public housing in their communities.

Public housing authorities can use the funding to complete large-scale improvements such as replacing roofs or making energy-efficient upgrades to heating systems and installing water conservation measures.


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