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January 2, 2009
HUD AWARDS $580,000 TO IDAHO HOUSING AUTHORITIES TO HELP LOW-INCOME FAMILIES GET JOB TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT
Boise, Ada County, Southwest Idaho Authorities & Idaho Housing Finance Association Win Grants
WASHINGTON - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Steve Preston today announced that Idaho public housing agencies have been awarded $580,000 to help low-income housing authority residents become economically self-sufficient.
Today's awards were part of a national announcement of $49 million in grants to authorities in 48 states, the
District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico to provide low-income people with the necessary job training to put
them on a path toward self-sufficiency.
Funded through HUD's Housing Choice Voucher Family Self-Sufficiency Program (HCV/FSS), the grants allow public housing agencies (PHAs) to work with welfare agencies, schools, businesses, and other local partners to develop a comprehensive program to help participating individuals develop the skills and experience to enable them to obtain jobs that pay a living wage.
"This program has proven its effectiveness in helping families develop the skills that lead to stable employment," said Preston. "Getting a decent job and increasing a person's potential for higher paying employment is the first step to becoming economically independent."
The Idaho housing authorities winning Housing Choice Voucher Family Self Sufficiency are:
|Boise City Housing Authority||
|Southwestern Idaho Cooperative Housing Authority||
|Ada County Housing Authority||
|Idaho Housing and Finance Association||
PHAs use the funding to hire family self-sufficiency coordinators to link adults in the Housing Choice Voucher
program (formerly Section 8) to local organizations that provide job training, childcare, counseling, transportation
and job placement. PHAs can also hire homeownership coordinators to help families get homeownership counseling.
Participants in the HCV/FSS program sign a contract that stipulates the head of the household will get a job and
the family will no longer receive welfare assistance at the end of the five-year term. As the family's income rises,
a portion of that increased income is deposited in an interest-bearing escrow account. If the family completes its
FSS contract, the family receives the escrow funds that it can use for any purpose, including a down payment on
a home, paying educational expenses, starting a business or paying back debts.
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 and espanol.hud.gov.