On Aug. 12, U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker announced $18,740,222 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to ensure public housing authorities (PHAs) across New Jersey have the resources needed to maintain a safe and healthy environment during the pandemic. This funding, which is in addition to the $15 million announced in May, was secured by the senators in the CARES Act.
“The families and elderly New Jerseyans living in our low-income housing communities need our support during the COVID-19 crisis, and this funding will make sure their residencies are healthy and safe places to live,” Menendez said. “If we are going to beat this pandemic, it’s essential that everyone has a reliable place to call home. We must continue investing in our federal housing programs so that every New Jerseyan has a roof over their heads.”
“During this public health crisis and long after the battle is over, we must continue to ensure that all New Jersey families have access to a decent and affordable place to live,” Booker said. “Federal funding like this is needed now more than ever to help New Jersey’s public housing authorities best serve the people who rely on them for safe and stable housing.”
Housing Authorities in Hudson County received more than $1.65 million.
The Jersey City Housing Authority received the most with two allocations; one of $857,232 and one of $44,530.
The West New York Housing Authority received the second-largest with $214,870, followed by the Union City Housing Authority with $143,868, and the Secaucus Housing Authority at $111,885.
The Weehawken Housing Authority and the North Bergen Housing Authority nearly tied with $76,530 and $74,963 respectively.
The Bayonne Housing Authority, Guttenberg Housing Authority, and Hoboken Housing Authority are in the bottom three, receiving $56,167, $38,936, and $34,461 respectively.