PA Housing Authority receives funding infusion

Published 12:29 am Saturday, May 2, 2020

The Housing Authority of Port Arthur is receiving nearly $350K to help with coronavirus-related improvements and maintenance.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn announced the funding Friday as part of $1,119,173 for regional public housing authorities and Section 8 voucher programs.

The funding comes through the Department of Housing and Urban Development as part of the CARES Act, which was signed into law last month under the Supplemental Public Housing Operating Funds program.

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The program helps prevent, prepare and respond to the coronavirus pandemic in public housing.

“The coronavirus outbreak has hit Texans hard, and as much as we can protect each other from its effects, we must,” Cornyn said.  “I’m grateful to the Trump Administration for making public housing in the Beaumont area an important priority during the outbreak.”

Port Arthur’s total allotment is $349,274.

The grant may be used for:

  • resident support services;
  • management and operations, including staff;
  • routine and preventative maintenance;
  • safety and security;
  • energy costs;
  • insurance;
  • debt service incurred to finance unit rehabilitation and development; and
  • planning for the long-term capital needs and viability of the properties.