The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development just announced $472 million dollars of funding will be distributed nationally to help low-income families during the coronavirus pandemic.
Michigan public housing authorities will receive $8.1 million to help families assisted by Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV) and Mainstream Vouchers, two tenant-based voucher programs that serve low-income residents. Housing Choice Vouchers are commonly referred to as Section 8 vouchers and the program helps very low-income families, the elderly, and people with disabilities afford rental housing in the private market.
This new funding will pay for eligible coronavirus related activities such as procuring cleaning supplies and maintaining sanitation in housing units, relocating families to health units if they become sick, and paying for the cost of childcare for Public Housing Authority staff who have incurred extra expenses due to COVID-19.
As part of this initiative, the Port Huron Housing Commission is expected to receive $85,849 of funding.
Reporting for WGRT – Jessie Wiegand