WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson announced $472 million in CARES Act funding Thursday to help low income families during the coronavirus pandemic. New Jersey has been awarded over $18 million, and Plainfield's award is for $200,355.

This funding can be used by Public Housing Authorities to help families assisted by Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV) and Mainstream vouchers prevent, prepare for and respond to the coronavirus. The funding, made available by the CARES Act legislation President Trump signed into law on March 27, 2020, will be awarded to Public Housing Authorities across the Nation. See the local impact of the housing assistance announced today. 

"This funding will provide additional resources to public housing authorities to make sure people have a decent, safe, and affordable place to call home," said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. " HUD continues to work with our public housing authorities to protect American families from this invisible enemy, including vulnerable residents in the Housing Choice Voucher Program. " 

“These new funds are important and will go a long way to help low-income residents secure and retain affordable housing during this unprecedented time,” said Hunter Kurtz, Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing. " 

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“This Administration continues to provide record funding to housing authorities in New York and New Jersey, the original epicenter of the virus, “said Lynne Patton, HUD Regional Administrator for New York and New Jersey.  “These specific funds will help participants and staffers of the Housing Choice Voucher Program procure the required sanitation supplies, PPE, childcare services, testing and transportation necessary to effectively respond to COVID-19 and keep residents safe.” 

The Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV) includes the Mainstream Program which provides tenant-based vouchers that serve low-income households. 

The eligible coronavirus-related activities include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Procuring cleaning supplies and/or services to maintain safe and sanitary HCV units, including common areas of PHA-owned Project Based Voucher (PBV) projects.
  • Relocation of participating families to health units or other designated units for testing, hospitalization, or quarantine, or transportation to these locations to limit the exposure that could be caused by using mass transportation.
  • Additional costs to supportive services vendors incurred due to coronavirus.
  • Costs to retain or increase owner participation in the HCV Program, such as incentive or retention costs (e.g. the PHA offers owner an incentive payment to participate in recognition of added difficulties of making units available for HCV families to rent while stay-at-home orders or social distancing practices are in effect).
  • Costs for providing childcare for the children of PHA staff that would not have otherwise been incurred (e.g. children are at home due to school closings, PHA staff are working outside of regular work schedules, etc.). 

For more information on HUD's response to the novel coronavirus pandemic and the actions the Department has taken, please visit HUD.gov/coronavirus. Public Housing Authorities across the Nation have jumped into action to help assist their tenants and their communities during this unprecedented time. Read more about their stories featured in HUD's Neighbors Helping Neighbors campaign, here

New Jersey CARES PHA Funding Chart 

Recipient Name 
County
Amount 
Newark Housing Authority
ESSEX
 $             1,334,993 
Elizabeth Housing Authority
UNION               
 $                273,505 
North Bergen Housing Authority
HUDSON              
 $                   74,516 
Perth Amboy Housing Authority
Middlesex
 $                330,232 
Asbury Park Housing Authority
MONMOUTH            
 $                   73,065 
Long Branch Housing Authority
Monmouth
 $                185,905 
Housing Authority City of Jersey City
Hudson
 $                857,232 
Housing Authority of the City of Camden
CAMDEN
 $                358,343 
Housing Authority of the Borough of Lodi
BERGEN              
 $                119,739 
Bayonne Housing Authority
HUDSON
 $                   56,167 
Housing Authority of the City of Passaic
Passaic
 $                450,768 
Housing Authority and Urban Redevelopment Age
ATLANTIC            
 $                187,639 
Hoboken Housing Authority
HUDSON              
 $                   34,461 
Paterson Housing Authority
PASSAIC             
 $                652,994 
New Brunswick Housing Authority
MIDDLESEX
 $                212,204 
Morristown Housing Authority
Morris
 $                   36,178 
Housing Authority of the City of Orange
ESSEX               
 $                152,056 
Union City Housing Authority
HUDSON              
 $                143,868 
West New York Housing Authority
HUDSON              
 $                214,870 
Rahway Housing Authority
Union
 $                   52,433 
Woodbridge Housing Authority
MIDDLESEX
 $                227,741 
South Amboy Housing Authority
MIDDLESEX           
 $                   27,652 
Guttenberg Housing Authority
Hudson
 $                   38,936 
Irvington Housing Authority
ESSEX               
 $                   60,035 
Plainfield Housing Authority
UNION               
 $                200,355 
Franklin Housing Authority
SOMERSET
 $                   59,332 
Edison Housing Authority
Middlesex
 $                   79,198 
Highland Park Housing Authority
MIDDLESEX           
 $                   62,287 
Red Bank Housing Authority
MONMOUTH            
 $                   52,302 
Carteret Housing Authority                                  
MIDDLESEX           
 $                159,740 
Neptune Housing Authority
Monmouth
 $                   59,925 
Bridgeton Housing Authority
Cumberland
 $                   31,327 
East Orange Housing Authority
ESSEX               
 $                349,586 
Glassboro Housing Authority
Gloucester
 $                   56,421 
Boonton Housing Authority
Morris
 $                   41,161 
Housing Authority of the Township of Lakewood
OCEAN               
 $                269,305 
Englewood Housing Authority
BERGEN
 $                208,444 
Berkeley Housing Authority
Ocean
 $                   23,655 
Salem Housing Authority
SALEM               
 $                     6,367 
Pleasantville Housing Authority
ATLANTIC
 $                   94,656 
Keansburg Housing Authority
MONMOUTH            
 $                   80,688 
Millville Housing Authority
CUMBERLAND
 $                   38,359 
Vineland Housing Authority
CUMBERLAND          
 $                152,134 
Brick Housing Authority
Ocean
 $                101,187 
Housing Authority City of Linden
UNION               
 $                   80,485 
Bergen County Housing Authority
Bergen
 $                967,987 
Dover Housing Authority
MORRIS              
 $                   59,774 
Cliffside Park Housing Authority
BERGEN              
 $                180,129 
Fort Lee Housing Authority
BERGEN              
 $                130,208 
Borough of Clementon Housing Authority
CAMDEN              
 $                   11,416 
Penns Grove Housing Authority
Salem
 $                     7,244 
Edgewater Housing Authority
BERGEN              
 $                174,866 
Weehawken Housing Authority
HUDSON              
 $                   76,530 
Housing Authority of the Township of Middletown
MONMOUTH            
 $                   90,411 
Secaucus Housing Authority
HUDSON              
 $                111,885 
Hunterdon County Division of Housing
Hunterdon
 $                113,026 
Montclair Housing Authority
Essex
 $                   54,269 
Phillipsburg DCD
Warren
 $                   52,958 
Clifton Housing Authority
Passaic
 $                   59,063 
Passaic County Public Housing Agency
Passaic
 $                215,964 
Morris County Housing Authority
MORRIS              
 $                165,372 
Monmouth County PHA
Monmouth
 $                410,108 
Somerville Housing Authority
Somerset
 $                   44,834 
BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP HA
Essex
 $                   56,365 
Warren County Housing Authority
Warren
 $                163,660 
Madison Housing Authority                                   
MORRIS
 $                124,004 
Sayreville Housing Authority
Middlesex
 $                   45,909 
West Orange Housing Authority
Essex
 $                   25,431 
Union Township Housing Authority
Union
 $                   27,003 
Old Bridge Housing Authority
Middlesex
 $                   52,890 
Manville Housing Authority
Somerset
 $                   20,942 
Union County Housing Authority
Union
 $                   92,545 
Middlesex County
Middlesex
 $                103,093 
Township of Pennsauken Housing
Camden
 $                   13,832 
Gloucester County Housing Authority
GLOUCESTER          
 $                353,218 
Hamilton Township HA
Mercer
 $                   44,046 
Lakewood Township Residential Assistance Prog
Ocean
 $                267,098 
STATE OF NJ DEPT. OF COMM. AFFAIRS
Mercer
 $             5,865,949 
 
TOTAL
 $           18,544,475