October 23, 2003
WISCONSIN HOUSING AUTHORITIES WIN GRANTS TO PROMOTE SELF SUFFICIENCY
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Mel Martinez recently announced $315,145 in grants to eight Wisconsin Housing Authorities that will be used for job training and placement for low-income citizens. The Wisconsin Authorities are part of a total $47,688,000 in grants to 771 housing authorities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico.
Wisconsin recipients include:
|Housing Authority of the City of Superior||
|Dunn County Housing Authority||
|Housing Authority of Racine County||
|Brown County Housing Authority||
|Eau Claire County Housing Authority||
|City of Kenosha Housing Authority||
|Appleton Housing Authority||
|Walworth County Housing Authority||
"This funding will help thousands of citizens find employment and eventually become economically independent," said Martinez. "HUD is committed to revitalizing communities through job advocacy, training programs and economic development."
HUD's Housing Choice Voucher Family Self-Sufficiency (HCV/FSS) Program provides funds to public housing agencies specifically for the employment of family self-sufficiency coordinators. The FSS coordinators assist adults in job training, childcare, counseling, transportation and job placement programs.
Participants in the job preparedness program, some of who are on welfare, sign a contract that stipulates the head of the household will get a job and the family will become self-sufficient within five years. While enrolled in the program, as a family's income rises, a third of that income goes to an interest-bearing escrow account. If a family fulfills the contract requiring employment and independence from welfare, they can use the escrow account for down payment on a home purchase, starting a business, paying back debts and paying educational expenses. If a family fails to fulfill the contract, they do not get the funds in the escrow account and may be terminated from the FSS Program.