After President Donald Trump signed the CARES Act, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson directed HUD immediately begin allocating $3.064 billion to help America’s low-income families.
Carson on Wednesday said these funds will be awarded quickly by using existing grant formulas; they will also be accompanied by new guidance that cuts red tape so grantees can quickly help their communities.
“President Trump has said repeatedly that combating coronavirus will take a whole-of-government response, so we are glad to see Congress come together and join in our efforts to provide relief for the American people,” said Carson. “During this national emergency, HUD has taken quick action to help our country’s most vulnerable citizens and this additional support from Congress will help us continue to fulfill that mission.”
HUD will make $12 billion in funding available to low-income families.
“Carson’s announcement of $3 billion is just the first installment with an additional $9.136 billion of relief coming soon,” said HUD Regional Administrator for New York and New Jersey Lynne Patton. “As a result of this administration’s swift and decisive actions, over $82 million will be available to communities across the Garden State, the joint-epicenter of this virus.”
HUD is making the $3.064 billion available through its Community Development Block Grant, Emergency Solutions Grant and Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS programs. New Jersey will receive more than $82 million.
Of the $2 billion to help states, communities, and nonprofits, New Jersey will receive $53,711,985 to:
These funds will be allocated under HUD’s Community Development Block Grant program.
Of the $1 billion to keep America’s homeless citizens safe, New Jersey will receive $26,500,475 to:
These funds will be allocated under HUD’s Emergency Solutions Grants program.
Of the $63.7 million to help American’s with compromised immune systems New Jersey will receive $1,845,608 to:
HUD will award these funds under HUD’s Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) program.