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HUD: $1.1B Released for Emergency Housing Vouchers

626 public housing authorities across the U.S. will soon receive 70,000 emergency housing vouchers to help Americans dealing with homelessness.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will release the first round of funding to fight homelessness under the American Rescue Plan. The money will be used for Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHVs) for individuals and families experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness.

In this first round of funding, HUD says $1.1 billion – 70,000 vouchers – will go to 626 public housing authorities (PHAs) that administer the Housing Choice Voucher Program.

“With COVID-19 still a threat and with the sweltering summer months just around the corner, the $1.1 billion we are announcing today comes at a critical time in our efforts to get people experiencing homelessness off the streets and into safe, stable homes,” says HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge.

The $1.1 billion in EHVs is part of $5 billion authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act. It also enabled HUD to allocate additional vouchers to public housing authorities, which the department announced in May. HUD says it allocated vouchers to communities with the greatest need for EHVs, and where local housing authorities could offer vital assistance. HUD notified the public housing authorities on May 10, 2021, of their EHV eligibilities and projected funding.

The latest awards are based on the public housing authorities’ acceptance of the EHVs.

EHV funding helps communities assist individuals and families who are:

  • homeless or at risk of homelessness
  • fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking

EHVs help individuals and families find housing and remain steadily housed long-term.

The $1.1 billion in EHVs covers the cost of vouchers and administrative costs, including up-front costs needed to stand up the program, for an initial 18-month period. Thereafter, HUD will provide annual funding to cover the cost of renewals in 12-month increments through Sept. 30, 2030, or until the $5 billion ARP allocation runs out, whichever comes first.

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