The Jersey City and North Bergen Housing Authorities are two of just a dozen agencies in New Jersey receiving a six-figure grant from the latest round of funding from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“As we continue to fight this invisible enemy, we are working quickly and effectively to ensure public housing authorities nationwide are receiving the necessary funding needed to keep their residents safe,” HUD Secretary Ben Carson said in a statement.
“This wave of relief funds will provide additional housing choice vouchers to residents living with disabilities, allowing them to live safely and independently through these unprecedented times.”
Provided through HUD’s Section 811 Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Program, this wave of relief funds will provide affordable housing to non-elderly people living with disabilities.
The JCHA was issued a $146,650 grant, while the NBHA wasn’t far behind with $122,371 in federal funding.
“This Administration continues to respond swiftly to the specific needs of New Yorkers and New Jerseyans at the epicenter of the COVID-19 crisis,” added HUD Regional Administrator for New York and New Jersey Lynne Patton.
“Our neighbors with disabilities have endured weeks of unpredictable isolation and stress. These funds will provide resources to Public Housing Authorities and HUD stakeholders that assist this extremely vulnerable population.”
This program helps to further the goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act by helping persons with disabilities live in community-based settings.
The program also encourages partnerships with health and human service agencies with a demonstrated capacity to coordinate voluntary services and supports to enable individuals to live independently in the community.
Seven different Hudson County housing authority received $4.7 million in HUD money earlier this month and HUD says they’ve provided $77 million in funding nationwide this time around – good for 8,300 additional vouchers.