U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson on Tuesday announced the fourth wave of CARES Act funding, in which New Jersey will receive nearly $2.3 million.
Provided through HUD’s Section 811 Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Program, this wave of relief funds will provide affordable housing to non-elderly people living with disabilities.
“As we continue to fight this invisible enemy, we are working quickly and effectively to ensure public housing authorities nationwide are receiving the necessary funding needed to keep their residents safe,” said Carson. “This wave of relief funds will provide additional housing choice vouchers to residents living with disabilities, allowing them to live safely and independently through these unprecedented times.”
“This Administration continues to respond swiftly to the specific needs of New Yorkers and New Jerseyans at the epicenter of the COVID-19 crisis,” said Lynne Patton, HUD regional administrator for New York and New Jersey. “Our neighbors with disabilities have endured weeks of unpredictable isolation and stress. These funds will provide resources to Public Housing Authorities and HUD stakeholders that assist this extremely vulnerable population.”
This program helps to further the goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act by helping persons with disabilities live in community-based settings. The program also encourages partnerships with health and human service agencies with a demonstrated capacity to coordinate voluntary services and supports to enable individuals to live independently in the community.
After President Donald Trump signed the CARES Act into law, HUD acted immediately to allocate its first wave of funding – more than $3 billion to assist communities and nonprofits – to help protect the homeless and Americans with compromised immune systems, as well as assist Tribal communities in COVID-19 response efforts.
Shortly after, HUD announced a second wave of funding to help low-income Americans living in public housing,COV and a third wave to help communities bolster COVID-19 response and relief efforts.