HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 09-001
Cindy Yarbrough
(205) 731-2630 ext. 100

For Release
January 6, 2009


BIRMINGHAM - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Steve Preston announced Friday that 12 public
housing agencies in Alabama will be receiving $589,942 in grants. A total of $49 million has been awarded to public housing agencies 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), these 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 (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.

Below is a list of local housing authorities receiving funding:

Organization Name

Amount Funded



Housing Board


The Housing Board


The Housing Authority of the City of Huntsville


Housing Authority of the City of Huntsville


Housing Authority


Florence Housing Authority


Tuscaloosa Housing Authority


Albertville Housing Authority


Bessemer Housing Authority


Bessemer Housing Authority


Prichard Housing Authority


Housing Authority





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