Housing Authority In Montclair Gets $54K From CARES Act

Eric Kiefer

MONTCLAIR, NJ — Eight housing authorities across New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District, including Montclair, will split $719,000 in federal funds to help low-income families amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released details about the funding last week.

“Housing security is essential for families across our community, and this latest funding from the CARES Act will help our neighbors stay in their homes during this difficult time,” said Rep. Mikie Sherrill, who represents the district.

The Montclair Housing Authority will get $54,269, officials said.

Other awardees include:

  • Bloomfield Township Housing Authority - $56,365

  • Boonton Housing Authority - $41,161

  • Madison Housing Authority - $124,004

  • Morristown Housing Authority - $36,178

  • Morris County Housing Authority - $165,372

  • Passaic County Public Housing Agency - $215,964

  • West Orange Housing Authority - $25,431

The eligible coronavirus-related activities covered under the funding can include – but is not limited to – the following:

  • Procuring cleaning supplies and/or services to maintain safe and sanitary Housing Choice Vouchers (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.)

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