WASHINGTON — U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson today announced his Department will allocate $685 million in COVID-19 relief funding to help low-income Americans residing in public housing.  New Jersey will receive an allocation of $23,302,088.  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 (PHAs) across the Nation.  The Housing Authority of Plainfield will be the recipient of $260,050.

“As a result of President Trump’s strong leadership, we were able to secure necessary funding through the CARES Act to help keep Americans living in public housing safe through these unprecedented times,” said Secretary Carson. “HUD has worked hard to ensure that these funds will reach Public Housing Authorities quickly and efficiently, so they are well equipped to protect their residents and staff as we all work together as a Nation to combat this invisible enemy.” 

“This Administration recognizes the severity of the COVID-19 crisis and the crippling impact of the virus in New York and New Jersey.  That is why President Trump has taken swift action to roll out a second wave of public housing funding to assist impacted residents and staff,” said Lynne Patton, HUD Regional Administrator for New York and New Jersey.  “This comprehensive approach not only provides funding to respond to current conditions, but also allows for future preparation and prevention, to ensure our residents will always feel safe in their homes.”    

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“The work of public housing authorities has never been more important than today,” Said Hunter Kurtz, Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing. “Ensuring housing, is one of the easiest ways to combat the virus, and this funding will assist PHAs with that mission.

These funds will be allocated through the Public Housing Operating Fund and can be used by PHAs for the following actions:

Prepare for a Coronavirus Outbreak

  • Creation or update of infectious disease outbreak plan;
  • Sourcing and purchasing personal protective equipment for PHA staff;
  • Coordination with providers of services needed to support residents as a result of coronavirus, including cost of delivery of goods, supplies, and equipment;  
  • Coordination with local health service providers for activities, including: the development or provision of guidance to staff or residents, travel for testing, or other reasons related to coronavirus;
  • Childcare costs for residents so that they can continue to work, and childcare costs for staff performing essential functions (as defined at the state/local), to the extent they would not have incurred otherwise; and
  • Other reasonable expenses related to preparing for the coronavirus.

Prevent a Coronavirus Outbreak

  • Costs related to maintaining adequate social distancing, including modifying or limiting access to communal spaces, increasing service hours to prevent crowding in waiting areas, or any other costs incurred to ensure adequate distance among staff and residents; 
  • Costs of delivering supplies so that staff or residents can shelter in place, thereby reducing exposure to the greatest number of people;
  • Direct costs related to limiting the spread of the coronavirus, including travel costs for testing, or other preventive health measures related to coronavirus;
  • Expenses of isolating people suspected of being exposed or those at high-risk of serious complications if infected (e.g., elderly residents, and residents with underlying conditions);
  • Costs of protecting residents (particularly high-risk residents) from exposure from interaction with PHA staff and vice versa; and
  • Payment of salaries of PHA staff unable to work because of the coronavirus public health restrictions (e.g., office management staff who cannot go into the office and cannot perform work remotely, or payment of full salaries of PHA staff forced to work part-time because of lack of child care).

Respond to a Coronavirus Outbreak

  • Expenses of caring for PHA staff and residents who have tested positive, but do not require immediate hospitalization, including:
    • Payment for increases in sick leave allowances for PHA staff;
    • Physical, personnel, or security costs incurred to limit movement;
    • Costs to safely transport residents that tested positive to a quarantine facility; and
    • Costs of supporting residents in quarantine such as health-related supplies (e.g., masks and cleaning supplies).
  • Expenses to safely transport residents/staff in need of medical attention;
  • Expenses incurred because of coronavirus restrictions impacting PHA operations (e.g., paying for transportation expenses for PHA staff who rely on public transit that is no longer available);
  • Costs to facilitate and coordinate with local schools and local governments receiving funds from the Department of Education for the education of students in public housing households:
    • Internet connection infrastructure; and
    • Tablets or other low-cost computers for students.
  • Other reasonable expenses incurred while responding to the coronavirus.

A list of allocations can be found here

In addition to the funding, HUD is announcing that PHAs may use Operating Funds and Capital Funds provided through prior Acts, for eligible Operating Fund and Capital Fund activities, or for coronavirus purposes. 

After President Trump signed the CARES Act into law, HUD acted immediately to allocate its first wave of funding, over $3 billion to assist communities and non-profits, help protect the homeless and Americans with compromised immune systems, and assist Tribal communities in their COVID-19 response efforts. For more information on HUD’s response to the 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 Neighborscampaign, here.

 

PHA Name (Recipient)

City

Award Amount

Newark Housing Authority

NEWARK

$7,514,836.00

Elizabeth Housing Authority

ELIZABETH

$1,023,065.00

North Bergen Housing Authority

NORTH BERGEN

$493,747.00

Trenton Housing Authority

TRENTON

$1,425,255.00

Perth Amboy Housing Authority

Perth Amboy

$22,956.00

Asbury Park Housing Authority

ASBURY PARK

$424,662.00

Long Branch Housing Authority

Long Branch

$249,118.00

Housing Authority City of Jersey City

Jersey City

$1,770,054.00

Housing Authority of the City of Camden

CAMDEN

$1,197,860.00

Housing Authority of the Borough of Lodi

LODI

$49,593.00

Bayonne Housing Authority

BAYONNE

$819,349.00

Housing Authority of the City of Passaic

Passaic

$250,546.00

Housing Authority and Urban Redevelopment Age

ATLANTIC CITY

$1,471,199.00

Hoboken Housing Authority

HOBOKEN

$1,118,225.00

Harrison Housing Authority

Harrison

$80,917.00

Beverly Housing Authority

BEVERLY

$29,225.00

Burlington Housing Authority

BURLINGTON

$26,662.00

Paterson Housing Authority

PATERSON

$705,773.00

New Brunswick Housing Authority

NEW BRUNSWICK

$286,083.00

Morristown Housing Authority

Morristown

$219,363.00

Phillipsburg Housing Authority

PHILLIPSBURG

$340,409.00

Housing Authority of the City of Orange

ORANGE

$159,579.00

Union City Housing Authority

UNION CITY

$324,290.00

Rahway Housing Authority

Rahway

$152,809.00

Woodbridge Housing Authority

WOODBRIDGE

$37,816.00

Garfield Housing Authority

GARFIELD

$143,758.00

South Amboy Housing Authority

SOUTH AMBOY

$66,536.00

Guttenberg Housing Authority

Guttenberg

$91,736.00

Irvington Housing Authority

IRVINGTON

$398,389.00

Florence Housing Authority

Florence

$26,513.00

Plainfield Housing Authority

PLAINFIELD

$260,050.00

Franklin Housing Authority

SOMERSET

$22,737.00

Edison Housing Authority

Edison

$126,550.00

Hightstown Housing Authority

HIGHTSTOWN

$39,134.00

Red Bank Housing Authority

RED BANK

$48,473.00

Carteret Housing Authority

CARTERET

$47,007.00

Neptune Housing Authority

Neptune

$178,472.00

Bridgeton Housing Authority

Bridgeton

$223,246.00

East Orange Housing Authority

EAST ORANGE

$40,387.00

Boonton Housing Authority

Boonton

$25,247.00

Ocean City Housing Authority

Ocean City

$44,490.00

Belmar Housing Authority

BELMAR

$22,205.00

Salem Housing Authority

SALEM

$158,567.00

Millville Housing Authority

MILLVILLE

$257,855.00

Cape May Housing Authority

CAPE MAY

$42,525.00

Vineland Housing Authority

VINELAND

$125,166.00

Haddon Housing Authority

WESTMONT

$40,458.00

Housing Authority City of Linden

LINDEN

$93,031.00

Dover Housing Authority

DOVER

$35,621.00

Freehold Housing Authority

Freehold

$20,933.00

Borough of Clementon Housing Authority

CLEMENTON

$37,483.00

Penns Grove Housing Authority

Penns Grove

$98,213.00

Newton Housing Authority

NEWTON

$22,021.00

Collingswood Housing Authority

COLLINGSWOOD

$30,766.00

Wildwood Housing Authority

WILDWOOD

$105,089.00

Morris County Housing Authority

MORRISTOWN

$79,580.00

Gloucester County Housing Authority

DEPTFORD

$156,459.00