By WRCB Staff

CHATTNOOGA (WRCB)– U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today awarded $63,882,077 to public housing authorities in Tennessee and $85,224,742.00 to public housing authorities in Georgia.

Among the cities in Tennessee to receive these funds are Athens, Chattanooga, Cleveland, Dayton, Etowah, South Pittsburg and Grundy County. In Georgia, Ft Oglethorpe, Lafayette and Ringgold are on the list. To view the full list of grantees, visit HUD's website.

The funds will allow these agencies to make major capital improvements to their public housing units. This funding is part of $2.3 billion HUD awarded today to 3,131 agencies across the U.S., the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. .

"Housing authorities will add this funding to the $4 billion from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 they received last year to continue addressing long-standing capital improvements that public housing communities need," said Ed Jennings, Jr., Southeast Regional Administrator, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. "This funding will also stimulate the economy and create jobs in these communities."

The funding announced today is allocated through HUD's Capital Fund Program that provides annual funding to public housing authorities to develop, finance, and/or modernize the public housing in their communities. This funding can be used to make large-scale improvements such as new roofs and to make energy-efficient upgrades to replace old plumbing and electrical systems.