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Trump administration gives Oakland $2.8 million for housing vouchers

Even as President Trump bashes California leaders for mishandling the state’s homelessness crisis and threatens punitive measures, his administration’s housing team is sending millions of dollars to the state to help vulnerable residents stay in homes.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced last week it was awarding the Oakland Housing Authority more than $2.8 million to help families that rely on public assistance relocate if their homes are demolished or converted to other uses.

“When a family living in public housing finds out that their unit will no longer be available, we want to make sure they are not displaced,” Hunter Kurtz, assistant secretary for Public and Indian Housing, said in a statement. “This funding allows HUD to keep its commitment of ensuring people have a decent, safe, and affordable place to live.”

Oakland will receive more than any other city — more than half of the roughly $5,048,000 the agency is distributing to eight housing authorities in six states through the Housing Choice Voucher Program, aimed at helping poor, elderly and disabled people find housing in the private market.

The news comes even as Trump bashes everyone from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) and Gov. Gavin Newsom for failing to address homelessness.

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