HUD Reg. VI 09-06
January 8, 2009
HUD AWARDS $221,000 IN GRANTS TO HELP LOW-INCOME LOUISIANA FAMILIES WITH SECTION 8 VOUCHERS GET JOB TRAINING AND
Monroe and Natchitoches, Terrebonne and Jefferson Parishes' Housing Authorities Receive Grants
NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Steve Preston today announced that four public housing agencies in Louisiana will receive a total of $221,956 to provide low-income persons with HUD Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers with the necessary job training to put them on a path toward self-sufficiency. Nationally,
a total of 48 States, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico will receive nearly $49 million in grants.
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."
PHAs use the funding to hire family self-sufficiency coordinators to link adults in the Housing Choice Voucher
program 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.
The following is the list of the Louisiana grantees and amounts:
|Louisiana||Housing Authority of the City of Monroe||
|Jefferson Parish Housing Authority||
|Housing Authority of the Parish of Natchitoches||
|Terrebonne, Parish of||
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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
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