HUD AWARDS $31 MILLION TO PROMOTE JOBS, SELF-SUFFICIENCY FOR PUBLIC HOUSING RESIDENTS

HUD AWARDS $31 MILLION TO PROMOTE JOBS, SELF-SUFFICIENCY FOR PUBLIC HOUSING RESIDENTS

WASHINGTON, DC – June 13, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded   more than $31 million in grants to public housing authorities, resident associations and non-profit organizations across the U.S. to help public housing residents connect to services available in the community to find employment to increase their economic independence.  The funding will also link the elderly and people with disabilities with supportive services that allow them to maintain independent living and age-in-place.  Read more about local impact of HUD’s grant funding.

“We need to take a wider view of the needs of public housing residents beyond just housing if we’re to be true to the goal of promoting self sufficiency,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.  “The caseworkers that housing authorities can hire or keep on staff help thousands of public housing residents connect to opportunities to obtain jobs or increase their incomes that lead to self-sufficiency and improve quality of life.”

HUD’sResident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) – Service Coordinators Programhelps public housing authorities (PHAs), resident associations or non-profit organizations hire or retain service coordinators who work directly with residents to assess their needs to connect them with education, job training and placement programs and/or computer and financial literacy services available in their community to promote self-sufficiency.  For an elderly or disabled resident, the service coordinator arranges supportive services that allow them to maintain their independent lifestyle.

The purpose of HUD’s ROSS – Service Coordinators Program is to encourage local, innovative strategies that link public housing assistance with public and private resources to enable participating families to increase earned income; reduce or eliminate the need for welfare assistance; and make progress toward achieving economic independence and housing self-sufficiency.

Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) – Service Coordinators Program Grants by state: 

State

Funding Amount

State

Funding Amount

ALASKA

$712,047

MISSISSIPPI

$240,000

ALABAMA

$240,000

MONTANA

$579,000

ARKANSAS

$116,001

NORTH CAROLINA

$240,000

ARIZONA

$1,200,000

NEBRASKA

$799,154

CALIFORNIA

$1,372,470

NEW HAMPSHIRE

$240,000

COLORADO

$442,317

NEW JERSEY

$2,345,491

CONNECTICUT

$240,000

NEW MEXICO

$240,000

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

$240,000

NEW YORK

$1,294,869

DELAWARE

$480,000

OHIO

$1,370,105

FLORIDA

$2,294,401

OREGON

$240,000

GEORGIA

$1,181,682

PENNSYLVANIA

$741,177

GUAM

$156,456

SOUTH CAROLINA

$240,000

IDAHO

$240,000

SOUTH DAKOTA

$240,000

ILLINOIS

$1,492,066

TENNESSEE

$1,200,000

INDIANA

$342,377

TEXAS

$750,635

KENTUCKY

$720,000

UTAH

$179,843

LOUISIANA

$720,000

VIRGINIA

$1,262,799

MASSACHUSETTS

$960,000

VIRGIN ISLANDS

$720,000

MARYLAND

$720,000

VERMONT

$235,197

MAINE

$563,661

WASHINGTON

$2,072,206

MICHIGAN

$672,137

WISCONSIN

$1,040,384

TOTAL:

$31,376,475

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HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov and espanol.hud.gov.

Contact:
Donna White
(202) 708-0685

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is the nation’s housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development, and enforces the nation’s fair housing laws.

Contact:

Brian Sullivan
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