|HUD No. 3.5.09
Jerrie G. Magruder
(407) 648-6441 ext. 2017
March 5, 2009
HUD AWARDS ALMOST $600,000 TO THE PUBLIC HOUSING AUTHORITIES IN FLORIDA TO BRING JOBS, ECONOMIC INDEPENDENCE TO PUBLIC HOUSING RESIDENTS
ORLANDO - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded public housing authorities in Florida a total of $568,170 that will be used to help public housing residents to find jobs that lead them toward economic independence. The public housing authorities receiving funds are: Hialeah Housing Authority ($37,981), Housing Authority of Brevard County ($53,614), Housing Authority of City of Ft. Pierce ($45,320), Housing Authority
of Lakeland ($49,094), Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers ($56,643), Jacksonville Housing Authority ($43,657), Lee County Housing Authority ($46,000), Sarasota Housing Authority ($45,000), Housing Authority of
the City of Bradenton ($46,813), Housing Authority of the City of Daytona Beach ($42,436), Housing Authority of
the City of Tampa ($63,714) and West Palm Beach Housing Authority ($37,898). This funding was part of nearly
$12 million awarded to 207 public housing agencies across the United States.
These grants are provided through HUD's Public Housing Family Self-Sufficiency Program, which enables public
housing agencies (PHA) to hire program coordinators who work directly with residents to connect them with local education and training opportunities; job placement organizations and local employers. The purpose of the 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.
"As America prepares to meet the growing challenges brought on by rising unemployment, it helps to have a helping hand guide individuals to training and job opportunities in their community," said HUD Patricia A. Hoban-Moore,
Deputy Regional Director. "These grants will help public housing residents find employment and assist others who
want to increase their earning power."
Public housing residents sign a contract to participate, which outlines their responsibilities towards completion of training and employment objectives up to a five-year period. For each participating family that is a welfare recipient, the PHA must establish an interim goal that the participating family be independent from welfare assistance prior to the expiration of the contract. During the period of participation, residents may earn an escrow credit based on increased earned income, which they may use in a variety of ways, including continuing their education or down payment toward a home purchase. A HUD study showed low-income families who participated in a similar HUD family self-sufficiency programs saw their incomes increase at a higher rate than non-participants.
HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to sustaining homeownership; 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 and espanol.hud.gov.