Public housing agencies in Hudson County awarded $19.3 million in federal funding

Public housing agencies in Hudson County awarded $19.3 million in federal funding

By:  Ron Zeitlinger

Public housing agencies across Hudson County were awarded $19.3 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker announced Thursday.

"This important funding will help ensure New Jersey families have a safe and stable place to call home and raise their children,” said Menendez, the ranking member of the Senate Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation and Community Development. “This money will allow our housing agencies to make much needed repairs and upgrades to help thousands of families across the state access safe, quality, reliable and affordable housing that all Americans deserve.”

Overall, public housing agencies throughout New Jersey were awarded more than $84 million. Newark received $24 million, more than three times any other housing agency.

The Jersey City Housing Authority was second with slightly more than $7 million, while the housing authorities in seven other Hudson County communities received funding.

“Public housing funding changes lives,” said Booker, who lived in a public housing complex in Newark from 1998 to 2006. “New Jerseyans deserve the peace of mind that comes from knowing they have a roof over their head that is safe and affordable. This federal investment will have long-lasting reverberations in these communities for years to come.”

Here are the awards to the housing authorities in Hudson County:

Jersey City: $7,077,879

Hoboken: $3,602,055

Bayonne: $3,142,857

North Bergen: $2,091,830

Union City: $1,078,850

West New York: $926,068

Harrison: $845,438

Guttenberg: $547,289