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What are housing choice vouchers?
The housing choice voucher program is the federal government’s major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments.

The participant is free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program and is not limited to units located in subsidized housing projects.

Housing choice vouchers are administered locally by public housing agencies (PHAs). The PHAs receive federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the voucher program.

A family that is issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family’s choice where the owner agrees to rent under the program. This unit may include the family’s present residence. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by the PHA.

A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the PHA on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program. Under certain circumstances, if authorized by the PHA, a family may use its voucher to purchase a modest home.
https://www.hud.gov/topics/housing_choice_voucher_program_section_8

Choice is only where Section 8 and senior-disabled vouchers are accepted; quality not always good, but it is housing and cheap to tenant.

https://www.hud.gov/coronavirus

Examples of additional funds made available:
Davis Announces HUD CARES Act Funding for Public Housing
Washington, DC, April 29, 2020
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today announced that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded CARES Act funding for local public housing authorities in Illinois’ 13th congressional district in the amount of $2.68 million. The funding comes through two different programs funded by the CARES Act which Congressman Davis voted for and President Trump signed into law in March.
 
The CARES Act Supplemental Public Housing Operating Funds can be used for management, maintenance, and resident services to support preventing, preparing, and responding to the Coronavirus pandemic in public housing.
 
The CARES Act Admin Fee Regular and Mainstream Voucher Program funds are to support public housing agencies as they provide housing assistance to approximately 2 million low-income residents served by the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) program.
 
“Public housing authorities across my district serve some of our most vulnerable population and this supplemental funding will help them protect residents against the coronavirus pandemic,” said Davis. “This is another example of the federal government supporting local government during this crisis.”
 
Grant recipient and award amount:
 
CARES Act Supplemental Public Housing Operating Funds
 
Decatur Housing Authority, $397,553
DeWitt County Housing Authority, $82,978
Housing Authority of Calhoun County, $26,577
Housing Authority of Greene County, $42,709
Housing Authority of Piatt County, $20,601
Housing Authority of the City of Bloomington, $341,363
Housing Authority of the County of Bond, $68,213
Housing Authority of the County of Jersey, $52,201
Macoupin County Housing Authority, $148,360
Madison County Housing Authority, $82,416
Montgomery County Housing Authority, $76,101
Springfield Housing Authority, $463,433
 
CARES Act Admin Fee Regular and Mainstream Voucher Program
 
Decatur Housing Authority, $143,038 
Housing Authority of Champaign County, $235,086 
Housing Authority of Christian County, $9,930 
Housing Authority of the City of Bloomington, $51,206 
Housing Authority of the County of Jersey, $20,750 
Housing Authority of the County of McLean, $32,684
Madison County Housing Authority, $115,298 
Montgomery County Housing Authority, $9,502 
Springfield Housing Authority, $262,884 

https://rodneydavis.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=403701

Eight Third District Housing Institutions Receive $634,401 from HUD in Response to COVID-19
August 6, 2020 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, August 5, 2020, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced grants through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program. This CARES Act HVC Program provides funding to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19, including Mainstream Vouchers, which are specifically for non-elderly people with disabilities.
Eight of these grants worth $634,401 in total were given to the following entities in the Third District of North Carolina:
* Economic Improvement Council, Inc. (Edenton, NC): $165,478
* Eastern Carolina Human Services Agency, Inc. (Jacksonville, NC): $11,336 (Mainstream Voucher Program)
* Eastern Carolina Human Services Agency, Inc. (Jacksonville, NC): $101,309
* Housing Authority of the City of Kinston (Kinston, NC): $96,907
* Coastal Community Action, Inc. (Newport, NC): $49,885
* Twin Rivers Opportunities, Inc. (New Bern, NC): $130,366
* Greene County Public Housing Agency (Snow Hill, NC): $41,481
* Washington Housing Authority (Washington, NC): $37,639
Congressman Greg Murphy, M.D. (NC-03) issued the following statement:
“As we all know, congregate living spaces are highly susceptible to COVID-19 outbreaks. Among these are assisted living facilities, which are where most North Carolina deaths have occurred. I am thrilled that these eight housing authorities in eastern North Carolina will receive the help they need to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. These are our most vulnerable populations and they need all the protection that we can give them,” said Murphy.
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https://gregmurphy.house.gov/media/press-releases/eight-third-district-housing-institutions-receive-634401-hud-response-covid-19

Portman Announces Additional $1.85 Million in CARES Act HUD Grants to Help Fund the Mainstream Voucher Programs 
May 13, 2020 | Press Releases
WASHINGTON, DC —Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded cities across Ohio $1.85 million for the Mainstream Voucher Program. According to HUD, the Mainstream Voucher Programs provides funding to housing agencies to assist non-elderly persons with disabilities, particularly those who are transitioning out of institutional or other separated settings; at serious risk of institutionalization; currently experiencing homelessness; previously experienced homelessness and currently a client in a permanent supportive housing or rapid rehousing project; or at risk of becoming homeless. 

Today’s grants build on the nearly $30 million in HUD Grants and $11.6 Million in HUD Grants that Ohio received last month to support public housing agencies across the state. The funding announced today come from funds accessible thanks to the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Portman supported and was signed into law by President Trump.  

Portman has long focused on ensuring Ohioans have affordable housing and is currently championing the bipartisan Evictions Crisis Act which will help to address the national housing crisis that is undermining the efforts of millions of Americans to rise into the middle class. The bipartisan legislation will shed light on the root causes of the eviction crisis, reduce preventable evictions, and limit the devastation to families when eviction is unavoidable. More than 75 national and Ohio based housing, civil rights, and homelessness groups have announced their strong support for the Eviction Crisis Act. Portman released the following statement:   

“These HUD grants will help housing authorities across Ohio that are helping those who are trying to transition into housing during this ongoing coronavirus pandemic,” said Portman. “I’ve long believed we must address homelessness and increase the supply of housing so Ohioans can reach their God-given potential and I’m glad these grants will help public housing authorities assist individuals and families during this crisis. I will continue to work with my colleagues to ensure Ohioans have the resources they need during these uncertain times.”  
See more here: https://www.portman.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/portman-announces-additional-185-million-cares-act-hud-grants-help-fund

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