Federal housing agency announces $12.5 million for local public housing authorities in state

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PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced nearly $12.5 million for local public housing authorities in Rhode Island.

The money will pay for large-scale improvements such as replacing roofs or energy-efficient upgrades to replace aging plumbing and electrical systems.

HUD said the nation continues to lose about 10,000 public housing units each year, primarily due to disrepair.

In 2011, HUD released a study that found the nation's 1.1 million public housing units face about $25.6 billion in large-scale repairs.

Aid amounts ranged from nearly $3.5 million for the Housing Authority of Providence to $29,064 for the Jamestown Housing Authority.

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