Thursday morning, officials with the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso (HACEP) announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has allocated $653,340 in emergency housing vouchers to the HACEP as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
“The pandemic has impacted families of every socioeconomic status and in every ZIP code in El Paso; while many families have the resources needed be resilient, many weren’t so fortunate,” said HACEP CEO Gerald Cichon.
“This emergency housing allocation will allow HACEP to provide a life-changing opportunity for families to be secure in their housing which can have a generational impact for that family and have a positive impact on our entire community’s pandemic recovery.”
HACEP will be able to provide direct rental assistance for 105 housing units which can be occupied by individuals and families who are homeless, who are at risk of homelessness, who were recently homeless, who are getting out of an abusive relationship, or who are victims of assault, stalking or human trafficking.
HUD estimates that these EHVs, alongside resources provided by the CARES Act, could help house 130,000 households across the country.
“While most of us spent more time in our homes than we ever have, more than half a million Americans had to spend the last year either in crowded shelters or sleeping outside,” said HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge in a news release.
“With HUD’s swift allocation of this $5 billion in American Rescue Plan funding, we are providing communities the resources to give homes to the people who have had to endure the COVID-19 pandemic without one.”
El Paso’s allocation is part of $5 billion in federal funding which gives communities the resources needed to help eligible households find and remain in housing.