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RI housing authorities get $11.7M for improvements

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Twenty-five public housing authorities across Rhode Island are receiving more than $11.7 million in federal funds to make what officials call large-scale improvements.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the funding on Thursday. The grants are provided through a program that supports the building, renovation and modernization of public housing units.

The Providence Housing Authority is getting the largest award of $3.2 million. Woonsocket, Newport and Pawtucket are getting $1.8 million, $1.7 million and nearly $1.2 million, respectively.

HUD New England Regional Administrator Barbara Fields says housing authorities in Rhode Island count on the funding to maintain and improve their units.