NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — CARES Act funds - intended for residents in New Jersey facing higher risk of eviction - are on the way to help residents disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
New Brunswick will receive $768,861 while Middlesex County can count on $2.69 million so local housing authorities can provide temporary financial help to tenants who are unable to meet rent obligations for up to six months, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
As of Monday, HUD has sent roughly $5 billion in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding throughout the country.
“Over $75 million in CDBG funding will be made available to New Jersey to help residents who face a higher risk of eviction,” said Lynne Patton, HUD Regional Administrator for New York and New Jersey. “To date, over $306 million has been made available to New Jersey to ensure cities across the Garden state are able to combat the coronavirus.”
The money will look to help in the following areas:
Communities with high rates of individuals in industries with high job loss in states with high unemployment;
Communities with high rates of businesses in industries with high job loss in states with high unemployment; and
Concentrations of those most at risk for transmission and risk of eviction, with higher amounts for states with high rates of coronavirus.
“The Trump administration has maintained that no one should risk losing their home due to the coronavirus,” said Secretary Ben Carson. “We’ve taken several actions since the beginning of this pandemic to keep Americans in their homes. Today, we announce additional aid to the communities that need it the most. These funds can help households struggling to meet their rental or mortgage obligations to stay afloat as our nation continues to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.”
In August, Trump signed the Executive Order “Fighting the Spread of COVID-19 by Providing Assistance to Renters and Homeowners,” which directs HUD to seek, “any and all available federal funds to provide temporary financial assistance to renters and homeowners who, as a result of the financial hardships caused by COVID-19, are struggling to meet their monthly rental or mortgage obligations.”
Find more information on HUD’s coronavirus response by visiting HUD.gov/coronavirus.