HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 07-115
Patricia Campbell
(817) 978-5974
For Release
December 14, 2007

Funding to make families in public housing employable, self-sufficient

FORT WORTH - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded $877,749 to 16 public
housing authorities (PHAs) in Arkansas to help low-income individuals get job training and employment placement. Nationally, $59 million in grants was awarded. Three PHAs, North Little Rock, Lonoke County and the City of West Memphis, received both Housing Choice Voucher and Public Housing FSS grants. The list of Arkansas grantees and amounts follows.

"Thousands of people will get the assistance they need to help them find jobs that will get them on their road to financial independence," said HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson who announced the funding. "Some families have become homeowners or debt-free as a result of this program, thanks to their commitment and determination to thrive."

The funding is provided through HUD's Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program, which encourages communities to develop local strategies to help families who live in public housing or participate in HUD's Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program obtain employment that will lead to economic independence and self-sufficiency. PHAs work with welfare agencies, schools, businesses, and other local partners to develop a comprehensive program that gives participating FSS family members the skills and experience to enable them to obtain employment.

The funding is distributed to PHAs, which allows them to hire or retain FSS coordinators on staff to assist adult residents to find employment. The coordinators link participants to resources in the community that can help with their job search, such as job training opportunities, employment placement programs or local employers. The coordinators also help individuals locate childcare, counseling services, and transportation, which are often times impediments to employment.

Participants, some of whom are on welfare, sign a contract that stipulates the head of the household will find
suitable employment and the family will be off of welfare assistance within five years. Because public housing and voucher rents are tied to income, when income rises, rent rises. With the FSS program, the rent increase is paid to the PHA, but goes into an interest-bearing escrow account. If the participant successfully graduates from the program, he or she can use the escrow account for a variety of goals, including the down payment on a home, starting a business, paying back debts or paying educational expenses.

The Arkansas grantees are:

Arkansas Housing Choice Voucher FSS Grantees
North Little Rock Housing Authority
Fort Smith Housing Authority
Northwest Regional Housing Authority
Housing Authority of the City of Pine Bluff
Housing Authority of the City of West Memphis
Housing Authority of the City of Hot Springs
Wynne Housing Authority
Housing Authority of Lonoke County
Housing Authority of the City of Hope
Jonesboro Urban Renewal and Housing Authority
White River Regional Housing Authority
Pope County Public Facilities Board
Mississippi County Public Facilities Board
Lee County Housing Authority
Pulaski County Housing Authority
McGehee Public Residential Housing Facilities Board
State Total 

Arkansas Public Housing FSS Grantees
Housing Authority of the City of North Little Rock
Housing Authority of the City of West Memphis
Housing Authority of Lonoke County
State Total 


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