WASHINGTON – In an effort to address emergency, safety and security needs and fight crime at public housing properties, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently awarded $5 million to 25 local agencies in 15 states.
Among the local agencies are two located right here in our very own Southwest Virginia – the Roanoke Redevelopment & Housing Authority and the Marion Redevelopment & Housing Authority. These Southwest Virginia Housing Authorities plan to use their awards for a security camera system, improved lighting, a security entrance system, and various other needed items to enhance safety and security.
Funded through HUD’s Capital Fund Emergency Safety and Security Program, these grants will support these local housing authorities as they address safety and security emergencies including sudden increases in violent or property-related crimes within their public housing community. “Everyone should feel safe in their home,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “This funding will allow public housing authorities to put in place additional safety measures that provide greater security and protection for residents.” The grants may be used to install, repair, or replace capital needs items including, but not limited to, security systems/surveillance cameras, fencing, lighting systems, emergency alarm systems, window bars, deadbolt locks and doors.
For additional information, please visit: HUD.gov/U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)