The Hudson County government, along with five municipalities, netted nearly $7.9 million in CARES Act funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to help prevent evictions.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“The Trump Administration has maintained that no one should risk losing their home due to the coronavirus,” HUD Secretary Ben Carson said in a statement.
“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.”
The biggest beneficiary was Jersey City, with $3,136,493 in funding, while the Hudson County government came away with $1,804,701.
Additionally, Union City received, $1,001,732, followed by North Bergen scoring $689,357, Bayonne isn’t far behind with $654,379, and finally Hoboken can utilize $591,382 in federal funding, for a county total of $7,878,044.
“The President and Secretary Carson continue to prioritize low-income communities disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus. Over $75 million in CDBG funding will be made available to New Jersey to help residents who face a higher risk of eviction,” added HUD Regional Administrator for New York and New Jersey Lynne Patton.
“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 funds can be used to provide temporary financial assistance to meet rental obligations for up to 6 months and are focused toward places with households facing higher risk of eviction, HUD said.