On Friday, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson announced $685 million in COVID-19 relief funding to help low-income Americans residing in public housing will be made available by the CARES Act legislation President Donald Trump signed into law on March 27, 2020, and will be awarded to Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) across the nation.
New Jersey will receive an allocation of $23,302,088.
“As a result of President Trump’s strong leadership, we were able to secure necessary funding through the CARES Act to help keep Americans living in public housing safe through these unprecedented times,” said Carson. “HUD has worked hard to ensure that these funds will reach Public Housing Authorities quickly and efficiently, so they are well equipped to protect their residents and staff as we all work together as a nation to combat this invisible enemy.”
In addition to the funding, HUD is announcing that PHAs may use operating funds and capital funds provided through prior legislation for eligible Operating Fund and Capital Fund activities, or for COVID-19 purposes. Funds can be used for personal protective equipment, childcare costs, travel costs to receive testing, among other actions.
“This administration recognizes the severity of the COVID-19 crisis and the crippling impact of the virus in New York and New Jersey. That is why President Trump has taken swift action to roll out a second wave of public housing funding to assist impacted residents and staff,” said Lynne Patton, HUD regional administrator for New York and New Jersey. “This comprehensive approach not only provides funding to respond to current conditions, but also allows for future preparation and prevention, to ensure our residents will always feel safe in their homes.”
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