Tenant protection vouchers will help relocate tenants whose public housing units have been converted or demolished
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded $5 million to public housing authorities to provide tenant protection vouchers to public housing residents. These vouchers will help families with relocation or replacement housing from demolition or mandatory conversion of their public housing units. Additionally, the vouchers will provide assistance to families living in section 8 projects for which the owner is opting out of the housing assistance payment (HAP) contract. See chart below.
Public Housing Authorities are awarded housing choice vouchers for relocation and replacements in connection with a HUD-approved plan to demolish or dispose of public housing developments.
“When a family living in public housing finds out that their unit will no longer be available, we want to make sure they are not displaced,” said Hunter Kurtz, Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing. “This funding allows HUD to keep its commitment of ensuring people have a decent, safe, and affordable place to live.”
The housing assistance announced today is provided through HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher Program, which provides funding that assists very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market.
Recipients of the funds include:
- California – Oakland Housing Authority (Oakland): $2,810,006
- Connecticut – Stamford Housing Authority (Stamford): $101,898
- Illinois – Jackson County Housing Authority (Murphysboro): $26,318
- Louisiana – Shreveport Housing Authority (Shreveport): $959,152
- Massachusetts – Lowell Housing Authority (Lowell): $123,813
- Texas – Austin Housing Authority (Austin): $221,082
- Texas – Beaumont Housing Authority (Beaumont): $446,273
- Texas – Brenham Housing Authority (Brenham): $359,424