U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson on May 5 announced more funding from the CARES Act legislation to combat COVID-19.

Pine Bluff and Southeast Arkansas agencies are among recipients of the new money, according to a news release.

Carson announced the allocation of $380 million in supplemental administrative fee funding to all Public Housing Authorities (PHA), including Moving to Work (MTW) PHAs.


Supplemental Administrative Fee Funding (Mainstream) – CARES Act recipients in Southeast Arkansas include:

Housing Authority of the City of Pine Bluff — $113,942;

Star City Housing Authority — $3,886;

Warren Housing Authority — $ 6,024;

Lake Village Housing Authority — $11,572;

Drew County Public Facilities Board, Monticello — $31,554;

McGehee Public Facilities Board — $21,548;

Desha County Residential Housing Fac. Board, McGehee — $17,634;

Ashley County Housing Authority, Hamburg — $24,174.

The two months of additional funding may be used for traditional administrative fees as well as for new costs related to protecting assisted families and employees throughout this coronavirus pandemic. The funding, made available by the CARES Act legislation President Trump signed into law on March 27, 2020, will be awarded to PHAs across the nation, according to the news release.

Meanwhile, the Arkansas delegation also applauded HUD for awarding $8,190,367 in Community Development Block Grant funding to Arkansas to support the prevention, preparation and response to the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton, along with Congressmen Rick Crawford, French Hill, Steve Womack and Bruce Westerman, made the announcement in a May 6 news release.

“This funding provides additional relief to the state and local governments as they respond to the increasing needs of communities during this pandemic. These resources will help better serve Arkansans in need,” members said.

The funding is part of a nationwide $5 billion disbursement in housing and economic development funds allocated by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which became law with the support of the Arkansas delegation.

In April, HUD awarded Arkansas more than $28 million in CARES Act funding.

For a full list of agencies receiving the new funding announced May 5, visit https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/PA/documents/CaresACT380M.pdf.