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Framingham Housing Authority Awarded Over $33K in Technical Assistance Funding

April 20, 2010

Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland), Representative Tom Sannicandro (D-Ashland) and Representative Pam Richardson (D-Framingham) announced that the Framingham Housing Authority (FHA) was awarded $33,513 in capital bond funding to be used for design services in anticipation of construction due to an award from the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act’s (ARRA) Weatherization Assistance Program.

“I am so pleased that Framingham is receiving this much-needed assistance,” stated Senator Spilka. “This award means that Framingham is able to best utilize a combination of federal stimulus funds and state assistance to replace an aging heating system. Through this, Framingham will be able to help keep our residents warm, promote energy efficiency and keep energy costs low.”

“I’m glad to see this important ARRA program come to Framingham,” said Representative Sannicandro. “Stimulus initiatives such as the Weatherization Assistance Program not only promote clean energy, but create positive economic development and stimulate construction jobs.”

“It is great to see ARRA funds being put to use in Framingham, especially to help the Housing Authority replace an outdated and inefficient heating system,” said Representative Richardson. “Anytime we can support the Housing Authority it is a positive thing; but when it also saves residents money on heating bills and helps the environment, I would truly call this a win-win situation.”

More than $25 million of the $122 million in Weatherization Assistance Program funding was designated for state-assisted public housing. The FHA’s Saint Lo 200-2 development will receive funding to be used for the replacement of its current heating system. This replacement will result in more cost-effective heating and reduce the tenants heating costs significantly once it is installed.

The funding received was based on an estimate of the cost of the design and replacement of the current heating system conducted by the Department of Housing & Community Development. The DHCP is responsible for appointment of an architecture or engineering firm to provide design services for the project as well as working with Local Housing Authorities to ease the process of transition to a new system to allocate capital funding from the 2008 Housing Bond bill.

Funding for all Local Housing Authorities is determined by a formula based on a state-wide Capital planning System (CPS) using methodology for building condition assessment, locally determined priorities, and good property management practices.

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