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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

U.S. Rep. Lawrence Announces over $3.8 million in Grant Awards to Support Public Housing During the Coronavirus Pandemic

May 1, 2020
Press Release

Detroit, MI – Today, U.S. Representative Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14) announced a total of $3,886,278 in grants awarded to five Public Housing Agencies (PHA) in Wayne and Oakland County by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Of this funding, more than $3.2 million will be issued through the Public Housing Operating Funds and another $681,354 from the Admin Fee Regular and Mainstream Voucher Program. Representative Lawrence issued the following statement on the grant announcement:

“Access to housing is integral in combatting the spread of COVID-19,” said Rep. Lawrence. The only way we flatten the curve is by encouraging people to stay home, which is incredibly difficult when so many lack housing. Low-income households and those considered to be homeless are being disproportionately impacted by the virus and need federal assistance. These grants will help alleviate some of those concerns and will ensure our most vulnerable populations are able to stay home and stay safe.”

 

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Background:

  • In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CARES Act provided over $6.75 billion to fund housing assistance programs under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s jurisdiction

 

  • Public Housing Agencies receiving funds include:
    • Detroit Housing Commission
    • Pontiac Housing Commission
      • $310,340 - Public Housing Operating Funds
      • $54,724 - Admin Fee Regular and Mainstream Voucher Program
    • Southfield Housing Commission
      • $30,466 - Admin Fee Regular and Mainstream Voucher Program
    • Hamtramck Housing Commission
      • $337,711 - Public Housing Operating Funds
    • Royal Oak Township Housing Commission
      • $ 116,068 - Public Housing Operating Funds