U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced a total of over $9 million in grants for 23 Maryland housing authorities. The money comes from a national allocation of $380 million in supplemental administrative fee funding to Public Housing Authorities (PHA) across the country.
Local housing authorities in Maryland will receive federal money from HUD under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The announcement by HUD Secretary Ben Carson is combined with news that the Department has expanded the authorized uses of funds to include (1) the procurement of cleaning supplies or services to keep Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV) units sanitary; (2) relocating program participating families to health or other designated units for testing or quarantine; (3) Costs to retain or increase owner participation in the HCV Program, such as incentive or retention costs; (4) Costs for providing childcare for the children of PHA staff.
From the press release:
“We must do everything in our power to protect all American families from this invisible enemy, including our vulnerable in the Housing Choice Voucher Program,” said Secretary Carson. “These new flexibilities and additional funds will properly equip Public Housing Authorities across the country with the resources they need to combat this virus.”
For a full list of grant awards, view the HUD prepared document.