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June 9, 2011


ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded a total of $712,047 to the Aleut Community of St. Paul Island Tribal Government, the Cook Inlet Tribal Council and the Tlingit Haida Regional Housing Authority to help public housing residents connect to job training and opportunities to increase their
economic independence and elderly residents to maintain independent living.

"We need to take a wider view of the needs of public housing residents beyond just housing if we're to be true to the goal of promoting self sufficiency," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. "The caseworkers that housing authorities
can hire or keep on staff help thousands of public housing residents connect to opportunities to obtain jobs or increase their incomes that lead to self-sufficiency and improve quality of life."

"ROSS allow housing authorities, resident associations and others to offer a helping hand to residents want to take
a step or two up the ladder to economic independence or to the elderly who want to maintain an independent lifestyle," said HUD's Northwest Regional Administrator Mary McBride. "Sometimes that's all it takes for people to succeed in ways they never imagined."

The grants were part of $31 million awarded nationally today to public and tribal housing authorities, resident associations and non-profit organizations under HUD's Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) - Service Coordinators Program. ROSS enables grantees to hire or retain service coordinator who works directly with residents to assess their needs to connect them with education, job training and placement programs and/or computer and financial literacy services available in their community to promote self-sufficiency. For an elderly or disabled resident, the service coordinator arranges supportive services that allow them to maintain their independent lifestyle.

The purpose of HUD's ROSS - Service Coordinators 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.

The Alaska organizations awarded ROSS funds are:


Aleut Community of St. Paul Island-Tribal Government

St. Paul Island


Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc.



Tlingit Haida Regional Housing Authority



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