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Courtney Announces more than $300,000 in New Round of CARES Act Grants for Towns Across Eastern Connecticut

May 4, 2020
Press Release
Eight municipalities will receive new federal grant awards to respond to COVID-19 in public housing

NORWICH, CT – Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will award a second round of federal grants totaling $312,192 to eight municipalities across eastern Connecticut. HUD will disperse the new awards to municipal housing authorities in Enfield, Killingly, Mansfield, Norwich, Plainfield, Putnam, Vernon, and Willimantic. The new grant awards will assist local housing authorities in supporting and maintaining the health and safety of assisted individuals and families, and were authorized under the bipartisan CARES Act (H.R. 748), which Rep. Courtney voted to pass on March 27th.

“It’s good to see a second round of HUD funding awarded to towns across eastern Connecticut, but last week’s announcement that our state could face up to a $7 billion shortfall by 2023 due to COVID-19 is a glaring reminder that Congress has got to provide even more support to states and local governments right now,” said Congressman Courtney. “Working towards the safe and responsible reopening of our economy means making sure everyone in our region is being protected, and that transmission rates are going down across the board. This new round of funding will help make sure that local housing authorities have the resources they need to help keep assisted individuals and families safe, but it’s clear that they and many others will need more resources to remain solvent through this storm. Preventing fiscal calamity at the state and local level isn’t a partisan issue, and I’ll keep working across the aisle to help Connecticut, and governors in every single state to weather this crisis.”

The Enfield Housing Authority will receive a grant award of $24,362; the Killingly Housing Authority will receive an award of $12,726; the Mansfield Housing Authority will receive $22,444; the Norwich Housing Authority will receive $90,506; the Plainfield Housing Authority will receive $25,462; the Putnam Housing Authority will receive an award of $58,917; the Vernon Housing Authority will receive an award of $52,938; and the Willimantic Housing Authority will receive an award of $78,506.

The CARES Act provided $1.25 billion for Tenant-Based Rental Assistance, which funds the Housing Choice Voucher program, including $400 million for increased subsidy costs and $850 million for administrative and other expenses incurred by public housing authorities amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The new federal grant awards will support local housing authorities’ efforts to improve and maintain the health and safety of assisted individuals and families, and costs related to retention and support of participating owners. Click here to read more.

On Friday, Rep. Courtney announced another round of CARES Act grants awarded to eastern Connecticut housing authorities through HUD. Click here to read more.

  

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