In NEWARK, New Jersey — For the purpose of renovating and updating the city’s outdated public housing units for families and the elderly, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has granted the Housing Authority an additional $23 million.
Newark will receive the largest portion of the $27 million allocated to public housing agencies in Essex County.
Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker (both Democrats from New Jersey) say they were able to secure $94 million for 54 municipalities in the state.
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According to Senator Menendez, “funds I secured in the FY23 federal bill will provide safe housing for millions of New Jerseyans at a time when housing costs are soaring.”
He added that the aid will “make large-scale repairs, energy-efficiency upgrades, and modernize public housing properties” and thus “play a critical role in improving the lives of millions of New Jerseyans at a time when housing costs are soaring.”
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Sen. Booker has remarked, “All New Jersey families deserve a quality, affordable place to live.” New Jersey’s public housing authority relies heavily on this funding to provide decent housing for those in need.
In Essex County, the winner was:
- Newark Housing Authority – $23,161,630
- To the Irvington Housing Authority, $1,714,157
- $765,664 Housing Authority of the City of Orange
- East Orange Housing Authority $214,225
To further ensure that children in the Newark Housing Authority are safe from mold, lead, allergies, pesticides, and carbon monoxide, Senators Menendez and Booker have obtained an additional $2 million from HUD’s “Healthy Homes” award program.
Almost every area of Newark has at least one of the 45 public housing complexes that are under the purview of the Newark Housing Authority.
Studios, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, as well as duplexes and single-family homes, are all available for rent.
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More than 2,770 public housing authorities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands will share in $3.16 billion in new HUD funding to make significant capital improvements in public housing.
HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge has said, “A nice house in a safe community shouldn’t be too much of an ask.”
Fudge has heard this sentiment from public housing residents around the country. With this funding, we pledge to collaborate with public housing authority partners to improve subsidized housing conditions for residents.