- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 19, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island is receiving $12.6 million from the federal government to improve and preserve public housing.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the funding Wednesday.

The Providence Housing Authority will get $3.2 million, the largest share of the money. Housing authorities in Pawtucket, Newport, and Woonsocket are also getting more than $1 million each.

The funds are intended to help local public housing organizations build, repair or modernize housing units.

The money is part of $1.8 billion in grants to some 3,100 public housing authorities around the nation.

A 2011 report found that the nation’s 1.1 million public housing units need an estimated $25.6 billion in repairs.

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