HAMILTON, NJ --  Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-4) announced Tuesday that more than $1.2 million in emergency federal funding has been awarded to local housing authorities in central jersey.  The federal funding comes from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to expand public housing and help these buildings meet sterilization standards needed to protect residents from COVID-19 (coronavirus).  

“Housing authorities have incurred significant, unanticipated expenses for crucial actions needed to protect lives, such as constant cleaning and sanitizing, and the related supplies needed to keep their housing facilities safer due to the coronavirus response,” Smith said.  “One of the ways to stop the virus is to keep a cleaner, sanitized environment."

“These federal coronavirus HUD grants will boost local efforts to protect vulnerable populations and allow our local housing authorities to have more resources to bring about the safest possible environment for the communities they serve,” said Smith.

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The Hamilton Township Housing Authority will receive almost $35,000 in federal assistance.  

“In Hamilton, we have many low income residents who need all the help they can get to stay in their current residence.  I’m thankful for all the support we get from our federal government to help Hamilton’s families through this pandemic," said Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff Martin.  

“This funding allows public housing authorities to offer more assistance to more low-income residents served by the Housing Choice Voucher, or Section 8 program, during the COVID-19 outbreak,” Smith said. “The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly increased the need for public housing and put a financial strain on housing programs, and this CARES Act funding will address that need.”

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