HUD Reg. VI 07-11
February 22, 2007
HUD AWARDS $249,000 IN FUNDING TO PROMOTE SELF-SUFFICIENCY IN LONOKE COUNTY
Funding provides education, employment services and homeownership counseling to low-income families
LITTLE ROCK - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded a $249,000 grant to the Housing Authority of Lonoke County to provide public housing residents with education, job training, employment services
and homeownership counseling to promote self-sufficiency.
"These grants help families on their way to economic independence," said HUD Regional Director A. Cynthia Leon. "Whether it's becoming more computer savvy, taking classes to get a better job or learning what it takes to become
a homeowner, this HUD funding is here to help public housing residents achieve their personal and career goals."
The funding, part of $29,465,512 awarded nationally today, is from HUD's Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) 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/Family and Homeownership program gives grantees the funding to hire a program coordinator to assess residents' needs and link them with local resources that provide job training and placement, education and training opportunities, computer training 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. In addition, grantees can use this funding to provide a variety of classes that promote self-sufficiency such as - GED or ESL classes, adult literacy education, personal finance training and life skills.
HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; 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