Fix for Public Housing Underfunding Raises New Concerns

An Investigate TV report found that 24 percent Pennsylvania housing complexes repeatedly failed their HUD inspections.

Those findings aren’t necessarily surprising, considering that the federal government has chronically underfunded public housing, leaving authorities little cash to keep up with needed repairs, said Dan Farrell, executive director of the Allentown Housing Authority. In addition, many of the public housing complexes are decades-old, meaning the problems have developed over years as housing authorities have been unable to make repairs.

Since 2010, Congress has slashed the budget for public housing repairs in half. This year, HUD awarded $2.6 billion to public housing authorities for capital improvement projects. But HUD estimates that there is a $25.6 billion backlog in needed capital repairs.

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