U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Press Release

HUD Awards $3.8 Million to Public Housing Authorities in Wisconsin to Help Keep Residents Housed

CARES Act provides additional funding to public housing authorities

MADISON, Wisc. – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson announced $472 million nationally in CARES Act funding to help low-income families during the coronavirus pandemic, including $3.8 million to 52 public housing authorities (PHAs) throughout Wisconsin. This funding can be used by public housing authorities to help families assisted by Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV) and Mainstream vouchers prevent, prepare for and respond to the coronavirus. See the local impact of the housing assistance funding made available.

“This funding will provide additional resources to public housing authorities to make sure people have a decent, safe, and affordable place to call home,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “HUD continues to work with our public housing authorities to protect American families from this invisible enemy, including vulnerable residents in the Housing Choice Voucher Program.”

“These new funds are important and will go a long way to help low-income residents secure and retain affordable housing during this unprecedented time,” said Hunter Kurtz, Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing.

“Public housing authorities have a vital role to play as we continue our COVID‑19 recovery efforts,” said Joseph P. Galvan, HUD Midwest Regional Administrator. “We will continue working diligently to overcome this as expeditiously as possible.”

The Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV) includes the Mainstream Program that provides tenant-based vouchers serving low-income households.

The eligible coronavirus-related activities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Procuring cleaning supplies and/or services to maintain safe and sanitary HCV units, including common areas of PHA-owned Project Based Voucher (PBV) projects.
  • Relocation of participating families to health units or other designated units for testing, hospitalization, or quarantine, or transportation to these locations to limit the exposure that could be caused by using mass transportation.
  • Additional costs to supportive services vendors incurred due to coronavirus.
  • Costs to retain or increase owner participation in the HCV Program, such as incentive or retention costs (e.g. the PHA offers owner an incentive payment to participate in recognition of added difficulties of making units available for HCV families to rent while stay-at-home orders or social distancing practices are in effect).
  • Costs for providing childcare for the children of PHA staff that would not have otherwise been incurred (e.g. children are at home due to school closings, PHA staff are working outside of regular work schedules, etc.).

For more information on HUD’s response to the novel coronavirus pandemic and the actions the Department has taken, please visit HUD.gov/coronavirus. Public housing authorities across the nation have jumped into action to help assist their tenants and their communities during this unprecedented time. Read more about their stories featured in HUD’s Neighbors Helping Neighbors campaign, here.

The following public housing authorities across Wisconsin received funding:

State Public Housing Authority City Amount
WI Antigo Housing Authority Antigo  $            16,674
WI City of Appleton Housing Authority Appleton  $            79,525
WI Ashland Housing Authority Ashland  $              7,089
WI Sauk County Housing Authority Baraboo  $            23,488
WI Barron County Housing Authority Barron  $            21,269
WI Beloit Housing Authority Beloit  $            75,864
WI Chippewa County Housing Authority Chippewa  $            52,120
WI Lafayette County Housing Authority Darlington  $              4,331
WI Dodgeville Housing Authority Dodgeville  $              7,089
WI Eau Claire County Housing Authority Eau Claire  $            29,932
WI Walworth County Housing Authority Elkhorn  $            48,427
WI Evansville Housing Authority Evansville  $            10,921
WI Fond du Lac County Housing Authority Fond du Lac  $            55,610
WI Brown County Housing Authority Green Bay  $          369,269
WI Sawyer County Housing Authority Hayward  $            24,156
WI Janesville Neighborhood Services Janesville  $            73,970
WI Dodge County Housing Authority Juneau  $            16,147
WI Kaukauna Housing Authority Kaukauna  $              8,722
WI Kenosha Housing Authority Kenosha  $          171,887
WI La Crosse Housing Authority La Crosse  $            18,918
WI Madison Community Development Authority Madison  $          286,245
WI Wisconsin Housing & Economic Development Authority Madison  $          264,896
WI Marinette County Housing Authority Marinette  $            23,631
WI Marshfield Community Development Authority Marshfield  $              7,072
WI Mauston Housing Authority Mauston  $            10,809
WI Ashland County Housing Authority Mellen  $              6,564
WI Dunn County Housing Authority Menomonie  $              8,797
WI Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee Milwaukee  $          825,982
WI Milwaukee Co DHHS – Housing Division Milwaukee  $          286,781
WI Dane County Housing Authority Monona  $          178,487
WI New London Housing Authority New London  $              8,141
WI Housing Authority of the City of New Richmond New Richmond  $              4,376
WI Housing Authority of Winnebago County Oshkosh  $            57,873
WI Platteville Housing Authority Platteville  $            12,865
WI Housing Authority of Racine County Racine  $          220,629
WI Rhinelander Housing Authority Rhinelander  $            10,371
WI Richland County Housing Authority Richland Center  $            17,723
WI River Falls Housing Authority River Falls  $            12,907
WI Shawano Housing Authority Shawano  $              5,251
WI Sheboygan Housing Authority Sheboygan  $            21,005
WI Monroe County Housing Authority Sparta  $            10,503
WI Portage County Housing Authority Stevens Point  $            26,880
WI Door County Housing Authority Sturgeon Bay  $            26,650
WI Housing Authority of the City of Superior Superior  $            23,142
WI Tomah Public Housing Authority Tomah  $            13,785
WI Washburn Housing Authority Washburn  $              7,484
WI Waukesha Housing Authority Waukesha  $          145,280
WI Wausau Community Development Authority Wausau  $            52,777
WI CDA of the City of West Allis West Allis  $            75,954
WI West Bend Housing Authority West Bend  $            27,777
WI Trempealeau County Housing Authority Whitehall  $            26,257
WI Wisconsin Rapids Housing Authority Wisconsin Rapids  $            21,885
Wisconsin Total $ 3,844,187
National Total $472,204,315

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