Washington, D.C — The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced the allocation of relief aid that will be provided to combat COVID-19 and to “alleviate economic hardship” for households with a higher risk of eviction.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump on March 27th. It includes a bipartisan $2 trillion economic relief plan to assist the millions of American small businesses and individuals impacted by the pandemic.

The Community Block Grant (CDBG) program has already distributed almost $5 billion in nationwide funding. New Jersey alone has received over $306 million dollars with a total of $884,324 allocated to Edison Township. 

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Ben Carson, Secretary of HUD, reassured the U.S. populace, “The Trump Administration has maintained that no one should risk losing their home due to the coronavirus.” He added, “We’ve taken several actions since the beginning of the pandemic to keep Americans in their homes.”

The relief funds are targeted toward individuals in states with high unemployment and state housing industries that have suffered from high job loss. The money is also going to communities with high rates of COVID and high risk of transmission. It is meant to pay rent expenses and mortgage payments for up to six months.

In response to CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield’s announcement on September 2 that evictions could increase the spread of COVID-19, the Trump administration committed to providing HUD relief aid until December 31 in an effort to reduce evictions.