NEWARK, NJ —The Newark Housing Authority received $703,193 to support 59 new Mainstream Housing Choice vouchers.

The vouchers are designated to assist non-elderly people with disabilities who are transitioning out of institutional settings, are homeless, or are at risk of becoming homeless.

“This is a result of a collaborative effort by the City of Newark and the Housing Authority to assist our most at risk population,” said Victor Cirilo, NHA executive director. “We thank the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and other partners for continuing to support our long term plans to address homelessness.

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Housing choice program vouchers allow very low-income families, the elderly, and disabled to rent affordable, safe, and sanitary housing. Under program guidelines, the recipient chooses their own housing in the local private housing market. The housing unit must meet quality inspection standards and be maintained to the standards of the Housing Authority.

“We applaud the Housing Authority’s efforts on assisting our pro-active approach to addressing the issue of homelessness,” said Mayor Ras J. Baraka. “These vouchers will make a positive impact on the lives of residents in need, and help us build a more empowered and equitable city. Everyone deserves a decent, safe, and affordable place to live.”

The Housing Authority has submitted applications the last two years in response to the City of Newark’s efforts to continue operating the Sussex Avenue Homeless Shelter. This year’s award supplements the $827,917 received for 70 mainstream vouchers in 2018.

“Everyone deserves a place to call home and to enjoy the freedom that independent living provides,” said Lynne Patton, HUD regional administrator for New York and New Jersey.

The Newark Housing Authority operates over 13,000 units through the public housing and Section 8 rental assistance program.

For more information about the Newark Housing Authority visit http://www.newarkha.org.