Funding allows seniors, disabled to maintain independence, gives families access to education and training
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded more than $50 million in grants to assist senior citizens, disabled individuals and families living in public housing across the U.S, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. HUD is awarding nearly $34 million to offer public housing residents greater access to education and employment and another $16 million to help elderly and disabled public housing residents to live independently.
“This funding helps a wide range of people who live in public housing,” said HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson. “It gives families the resources they need to get the education or training they need to find jobs. It also helps our most vulnerable – seniors and the disabled – with supportive services that allow them live on their own.”
The funding is provided through HUD’s Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) Program. ROSS grants are awarded to public housing authorities (PHAs), resident organizations or non-profit organizations acting on behalf of residents to encourage self-sufficiency among public housing residents. HUD awarded $33,395,701 to 105 grantees in ROSS Family and Homeownership grants, which links residents with supportive services, including education, job and computer training and homeownership counseling that put families on the track to self-sufficiency. Another 60 grantees received $16,651,799 in ROSS Elderly and Persons with Disabilities, which links senior and disabled residents with resources that permit them to live independently longer, such as health and wellness programs, meal services and transportation to medical services.
PHAs can use the funding to hire project coordinators who assess resident needs then link them with appropriate services. They also use it to provide families a full array of educational programs, and job readiness as they move along the spectrum of self-sufficiency. So that residents can take advantage of the education and employment services, this funding also matches residents to supportive services such as childcare and transportation. In addition, ROSS funding can support after-school and summer programs for youth living in public housing. In this way, the program has the potential to serve the whole family.
The grants will be distributed to states in this way:
|District of Columbia||$450,000.00||New York||$3,091,384.00|
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. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov and espanol.hud.gov.