The Cortland Housing Authority will use more than $47,000 in a federal grant for personal protective equipment and other staff expenses due to the coronavirus pandemic, its director said.
Margaret Lann, director at the Cortland Housing Authority, said the pandemic has meant more costs because of phone conversations and other expenses related to avoiding in-person contact. The money will also help buy personal protective equipment for the staff when they’re out in public, and to cover overtime hours.
“It’s wonderful and very helpful to get this funding,” she said. “COVID has created some obstacles for housing. We’re doing a lot more telephone conferencing than usual and we want to protect our employees as much as we can.”
The CARES Act funds come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and can be used by public housing authorities to help families assisted by Housing Choice Vouchers.
Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-Utica) secured the funding, part of $641,817 for housing organizations across his district, through the bipartisan CARES Act passed in March.
“Low-income families in Cortland and across Central New York have been disproportionately impacted by this pandemic, and we must do our part to help them stay safe and get through these unprecedented times,” he said. “Due to the ongoing pandemic and local budget crunches, the people at the Cortland Housing Authority and those they serve are in need of assistance.”
This is the second round of funding the Cortland Housing Authority has received. It got $39,522 in May.