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HUD Awards $250,000 to HACM for Emergency & Security Improvements

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In an effort to keep public housing residents safe and secure, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is awarding $5 million in grants to 22 public housing authorities including $250,000 to the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee for security camera systems at the Hillside, Parklawn and Westlawn Garden Developments.

HUD’s Capital Fund Emergency Safety and Security Program supports public housing authorities as they address the safety of public housing residents. These grants may be used to install, repair, or replace capital needs items including security systems/surveillance cameras, fencing, lighting systems, emergency alarm systems, window bars, deadbolt locks and doors.

“The families we support who live in public housing deserve to feel safe in their homes,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “HUD wants to ensure the safety and security of public housing residents and these grants offer neighborhoods and communities the tools they need to help keep their residents safe.”

“Everyone should be able to feel safe at home,” said HUD Midwest Regional Administrator Joseph P. Galvan. “This funding will empower our partners with additional resources to enhance the vitality of their neighborhoods. More children will be able to safely walk to school and families will have increased access to opportunity and a peace of mind.”

“The Milwaukee Police Department and the Milwaukee Fire Department each have a strong working relationship with HACM’s Public Safety Force and they are valued partners in both public safety and crime prevention,” said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. “These additional resources will provide the technology needed to help improve the timeliness and efficiency of information sharing, ultimately resulting in safer neighborhoods.”