WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson today announced the allocation of $380 million in supplemental administrative fee funding to all Public Housing Authorities (PHA), including Moving to Work (MTW) PHAs.  The two months of additional funding may be used for traditional administrative fees as well as for new costs related to protecting assisted families and employees throughout this coronavirus pandemic. The funding, made available by the CARES Act legislation President Trump signed into law on March 27, 2020, will be awarded to PHAs across the Nation.   

      “We must do everything in our power to protect all American families from this invisible enemy, including our vulnerable residents in the Housing Choice Voucher Program,” said Secretary Carson. “These new flexibilities and additional funds will properly equip Public Housing Authorities across the country with the resources they need to combat this virus.”  

            “This Administration has gone above and beyond to ensure public housing residents are healthy and safe during the COVID-19 Pandemic, recognizing that low-income tenants have limited options to quarantine themselves and can’t afford many unexpected expenses,” said Lynne Patton, Regional Administrator for New York and New Jersey.  “Our region is ground zero for COVID-19 in the nation, and housing authorities can use this funding quickly to serve their residents.”  

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 The Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV) includes the Mainstream Program, which provides tenant-based vouchers that serve households that include a non-elderly person with a disability and serves over 2.4 million families.  

 The new 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).   

A list of allocations can be found here.

 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. Last week, HUD announced an additional $685 million for PHAs to prepare for, prevent, and respond to a coronavirus outbreak for the public housing program.  

 “HUD is committed to assisting PHAs during this time so that assisted families can stay safe and healthy,” said Hunter Kurtz, Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing. “Providing these additional funds to PHAs will give them more tools to address local needs and respond to the Coronavirus pandemic as effectively as possible.” 

 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 Neighbors campaign, here.   

Public Housing Authority

City

Award Amount

Newark Housing Authority

NEWARK

 $         1,125,872

Elizabeth Housing Authority

ELIZABETH

 $            208,032

North Bergen Housing Authority

NORTH BERGEN

 $              65,000

Perth Amboy Housing Authority

Perth Amboy

 $            272,570

Asbury Park Housing Authority

ASBURY PARK

 $              63,846

Long Branch Housing Authority

Long Branch

 $            157,012

Housing Authority City of Jersey City

Jersey City

 $            737,942

Housing Authority of the City of Camden

CAMDEN

 $            260,834

Housing Authority of the Borough of Lodi

LODI

 $            103,580

Bayonne Housing Authority

BAYONNE

 $              46,024

Housing Authority of the City of Passaic

Passaic

 $            378,420

Housing Authority and Urban Redevelopment Age

ATLANTIC CITY

 $            145,582

Hoboken Housing Authority

HOBOKEN

 $              30,160

Paterson Housing Authority

PATERSON

 $            545,060

New Brunswick Housing Authority

NEW BRUNSWICK

 $            173,844

Morristown Housing Authority

Morristown

 $              34,732

Housing Authority of the City of Orange

ORANGE

 $            125,602

Union City Housing Authority

UNION CITY

 $            117,196

West New York Housing Authority

WEST NEW YORK

 $              84,790

Rahway Housing Authority

Rahway

 $              43,942

Woodbridge Housing Authority

WOODBRIDGE

 $            172,602

South Amboy Housing Authority

SOUTH AMBOY

 $              23,824

Guttenberg Housing Authority

Guttenberg

 $              32,958

Irvington Housing Authority

IRVINGTON

 $              50,770

Plainfield Housing Authority

PLAINFIELD

 $            150,944

Franklin Housing Authority

SOMERSET

 $              45,608

Edison Housing Authority

Edison

 $              63,086

Highland Park Housing Authority

HIGHLAND PARK

 $              32,312

Red Bank Housing Authority

RED BANK

 $              45,302

Carteret Housing Authority                                 

CARTERET

 $            111,552

Neptune Housing Authority

Neptune

 $              49,500

Bridgeton Housing Authority

Bridgeton

 $              29,870

East Orange Housing Authority

EAST ORANGE

 $            291,682

Glassboro Housing Authority

Glassboro

 $              47,486

Boonton Housing Authority

Boonton

 $              32,348

Housing Authority of the Township of Lakewood

LAKEWOOD

 $            239,566

Englewood Housing Authority

ENGLEWOOD

 $            156,592

Berkeley Housing Authority

Bayville

 $              20,530

Salem Housing Authority

SALEM

 $                5,066

Pleasantville Housing Authority

PLEASANTVILLE

 $              79,788

Keansburg Housing Authority

KEANSBURG

 $              52,536

Millville Housing Authority

MILLVILLE

 $              30,932

Vineland Housing Authority

VINELAND

 $              99,758

Brick Housing Authority

Brick Town

 $              85,984

Housing Authority City of Linden

LINDEN

 $              71,402

Bergen County Housing Authority

Hackensack

 $            787,344

Dover Housing Authority

DOVER

 $              51,898

Cliffside Park Housing Authority

CLIFFSIDE PARK

 $            150,940

Fort Lee Housing Authority

FORT LEE

 

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