For Immediate Release - April 04, 2012

Grant Announced to Modernize Springfield Public Housing

One of 48 state public housing developments being renovated to access additional federal housing resources

SPRINGFIELD – Tuesday, April 3, 2012 – Furthering the effort to maintain the Commonwealth’s public housing portfolio, the Patrick-Murray Administration’s Department of Housing and Community Development Undersecretary Aaron Gornstein today joined state and local officials to announce a $6.6 million modernization grant to the Springfield Housing Authority (SHA). The funds will support renovations to improve Robinson Gardens, bringing the 136-unit family public housing development up to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) standards in order to access additional federal resources.

“The funds being awarded to the Springfield Housing Authority today will preserve needed affordable housing for Springfield families while leveraging increased federal support," said Undersecretary Gornstein. "We thank the Obama Administration and our Congressional delegation for their support of this important resource for Massachusetts residents.”

The grant will fund exterior improvements, including new doors, windows, sidewalks, gutters and more for the families living at Robinson Gardens. The improvements will create 50 local jobs over the next several months. Robinson Gardens is one of three Springfield public housing developments to receive a modernization grant. Construction at Reed Village and John J. Duggan Park is nearly complete.

Through continued capital investments, the Patrick-Murray Administration is expected to invest an estimated $43 million in an effort to modernize and preserve approximately 3,900 state public housing units statewide. To be eligible for increased federal funding, the units must be renovated up to HUD quality inspection standards and inspected.