At the end of last week, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson announced the federal government is sending almost $2.3 million to two Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) in North Florida which will include funds for childcare and medical travel during the coronavirus pandemic.
As part of the $2.2 trillion “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act,” which was passed by Congress and approved by the White House at the end of March, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) received $685 million in relief funds.
Lawson said HUD was sending some of that to North Florida with $1,821,514 headed to the Jacksonville Housing Authority and $ 453,355 going to the Tallahassee Housing Authority.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has hit Floridians hard, and this crucial funding will help our most vulnerable citizens during this difficult time,” Lawson said on Friday. “Many public housing residents are among our most essential workers whose jobs place them on the frontlines in hospitals, grocery stores, security guards and other areas. It is critical that we provide them with support and stability during this public health crisis.”
“The funds will also allow public housing systems to prevent, prepare and respond to potential COVID-19 issues in public housing, including: resident support services; management and operations, including staff; routine and preventative maintenance; safety and security; transportation; and other costs,” the congressman’s office noted.
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