DCA receives $1.19M more in federal funding for Section 8 housing vouchers

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The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs on Monday announced an additional award of $1.19 million in Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to help more families rent a quality, stable home at an affordable cost.

These latest funds are supplementary to the record-breaking $291.6 million in annual HCV funding that DCA received earlier this year.

The Section 8 HCV program helps low-income households pay their rent by providing direct rent subsidy payments to landlords. HUD awarded the additional funding to high-performing housing agencies in the nation.

DCA has received the Section 8 High Performer designation from HUD for five years in a row.

Currently, DCA provides Section 8 housing vouchers to approximately 24,260 households across the state. The $1.19 million in added funds will allow DCA to serve approximately 92 more households. The households will come from DCA’s Section 8 waiting list.

“We thank HUD for the additional Housing Choice Voucher funding and for its confidence in DCA’s ability to effectively help people who need assistance paying their rent,” DCA acting Commissioner Jacquelyn Suárez said. “More funding means DCA will be able to serve people on the Section 8 waiting list much more quickly. This can be life-changing for families who haven’t had the benefit of a stable, safe, and sanitary home because they can’t afford rent.”