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HUD: $5 billion nationwide to house people experiencing homelessness

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Fri, May 21st 2021 10:00 am

New York to receive 9,925 emergency housing vouchers

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia L. Fudge announced the allocation of $5 billion in American Rescue Plan funds for emergency housing vouchers for individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness.

New York will receive 9,925 vouchers awarded to 24 local public housing authorities and local governments.

The supplemental funding is allocated through the emergency housing voucher (EHV) program. Through EHV, HUD is providing 70,000 housing choice vouchers to local public housing authorities (PHAs) across the country to help Americans find and remain in housing.

Locally, 72 vouchers will be sent to the Town of Amherst, with another 71 to the City of Buffalo. Click here for a full list of initial allocations.

“While most of us spent more time in our homes than we ever have, more than half a million Americans had to spend the last year either in crowded shelters or sleeping outside,” Fudge said. “With HUD’s swift allocation of this $5 billion in American Rescue Plan funding, we are providing communities the resources to give homes to the people who have had to endure the COVID-19 pandemic without one. Congress now needs to pass the president’s American Jobs Plan. This once-in-a-generation investment would bring the United States closer to ending homelessness and housing instability.”

Stephen Murphy, HUD deputy regional administrator for New York and New Jersey, said, “HUD is taking swift action to address homelessness, domestic violence and human trafficking by providing 9,925 emergency housing vouchers to communities throughout New York state. Local housing authorities will work hand-in-hand with homeless services providers to assist thousands of homeless families, victims of domestic abuse, survivors of human trafficking, and those facing eviction and fearing homelessness to secure stable housing as we recover from the pandemic.” 

A press release stated, “The $5 billion in EHV-ARP funding gives communities the resources needed to help eligible households find and remain in housing. HUD estimates that these EHVs, alongside resources provided by the CARES Act, could help house 130,000 households.”

The $5 billion in EHV-ARP funding is the second of two homelessness-related funding opportunities from the American Rescue Plan that HUD released. In April, HUD announced the allocation of $5 billion in ARP funds to increase affordable housing to address homelessness.

More information about HUD and its programs is available at www.hud.gov and http://espanol.hud.gov.

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