Esty, Blumenthal, Murphy, and Himes Announce $300,000 for CT Public Housing Family Self Sufficiency Programs

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Public Housing Authorities In Meriden, New Britain, Danbury, Norwalk, Greenwich Secure Funding

Hartford, CT – January 13, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-CT-5), Senator\ Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Congressman Jim Himes (D-CT-4) announced that five Connecticut public housing authorities secured $300,093 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help hire and retain Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program coordinators. The following five Connecticut public housing authorities will receive the funds: Meriden, New Britain, Danbury, Norwalk, and Greenwich.

The objective of the FSS program is to help heads of participating households, living in public or Section 8 housing, find gainful employment by pairing the participant with local community organizations that offer basic education and job training courses. If the participant finds employment, he or she is permitted to deposit a portion of his or her earnings into an interest-bearing escrow account that can be accessed upon completion of the five year program to help purchase a home, car, or other item necessary to achieve economic independence.

“We applaud HUD for continuing to support this inspiring program that has helped thousands of families across the country – mainly mothers and children – get out of public housing and into their own homes. Federal programs that partner community members in need with local resources, especially during trying economic times, are critical to Connecticut and the country’s future economic success. We will fight to do everything we can to continue funding for the FSS program, as well as other economic stimulus programs that must be put in place to protect low-income families.”

For more information on HUD’s FSS program, click here.

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