HUD No. 4.14.09
Jerrie G. Magruder
(407) 648-6441 ext. 2017
April 14, 2009
HUD AWARDS $702,000 IN FUNDING TO TWO PUBLIC HOUSING AGENCIES IN ALABAMA TO PROMOTE SELF-SUFFICIENCY
Funding provides education, employment services and homeownership counseling to low-income families
BIRMINGHAM - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded $702,000 in grants to two public housing agencies, Prichard Housing Authority ($240,000) and The Housing Authority of the City of Huntsville ($462,000). These agencies will use this funding to connect public housing residents with education, job training, employment services and homeownership counseling available in the local community to promote self-sufficiency.
"These grants help families on their way to economic independence," said Deputy Regional Director Patricia Hoban-Moore. "Whether it's taking classes to get a better job or learning what it takes to become a homeowner, these grants help public housing residents achieve their personal and career goals."
The funding, part of $27,960,860 awarded nationally today, is provided through HUD's Resident Opportunities and
Self Sufficiency (ROSS) - Service Coordinators program. These grants are awarded to public housing authorities (PHAs), resident organizations or non-profit organizations acting on behalf of residents to encourage and promote self-sufficiency among residents.
The ROSS program gives grantees the funding to hire a Service Coordinator to assess residents' needs and link them with local resources that provide job training and placement, education and training opportunities, computer training, financial literacy and homeownership counseling. The funding is also used to provide supportive services such as childcare, and transportation to help families take advantage of training and employment opportunities.
HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to sustaining homeownership; 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.