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Iowa’s emergency housing vouchers receives over $3 million to help homeless crisis

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IOWA (KWWL) -- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded Iowa nearly $3.8 million to cover the cost of 363 vouchers for individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness.

Secretary Marcia L. Fudge announced the awarding of the first tranche of American Rescue Plan funds for Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHVs) on Thursday.

In addition to the vouchers, the funds will also cover all related administrative costs, including up-front costs needed to stand up the program, for an initial 18-month period.

“Addressing our nation’s homelessness crisis is a top priority for HUD,” Secretary Fudge said. “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. Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, communities now have the robust resources they need to make significant progress toward ending homelessness.”

Iowa's $3.8 million allocation comes from $5 billion that the American Rescue Plan Act enabled HUD to allocate in additional vouchers to public housing authorities (PHAs) across the U.S. 

HUD allocated these vouchers to communities with the greatest need for EHVs and where local housing authorities demonstrated capacity to administer this vital assistance.

The EHV program serves geographically diverse housing needs, from high-cost urban areas to a large number of rural communities. 

HUD notified PHAs on May 10, 2021 of their EHV eligibilities and projected funding as authorized by the American Rescue Plan.

The awards announced Thursday are based on the PHAs’ acceptance of the EHVs.

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Dani Miskell

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