HUD Reg. VI 09-02
January 6, 2009
HUD AWARDS $712,000 IN GRANTS TO HELP LOW-INCOME ARKANSAS FAMILIES WITH SECTION 8 VOUCHERS GET JOB TRAINING AND
LITTLE ROCK - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Steve Preston today announced that 15 public
housing agencies in Arkansas will receive a total of $712,171 to provide low-income persons with HUD Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers with the necessary job training to put them on a path toward self-sufficiency. Nationally,
a total of 48 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico will receive nearly $49 million in grants.
Funded through HUD's Housing Choice Voucher Family Self-Sufficiency Program (HCV/FSS), 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 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.
The following is the list of the Arkansas grantees and amounts:
|North Little Rock Housing Authority||$108,950|
|Northwest Regional Housing Authority||$40,207|
|Housing Authority of the City of Pine Bluff||$74,450|
|Housing Authority of the City of West Memphis||$40,700|
|Wynne Housing Authority||$27,323|
|Housing Authority of Lonoke County||$36,774|
|Housing Authority of the City of Hope||$31,004|
|Jonesboro Urban Renewal and Housing Authority||$41,624|
|Conway County Housing Authority||$72,120|
|White River Regional Housing Authority||$38,814|
|Pope County Public Facilities Board||$35,342|
|Mississippi County Public Facilities Board||$73,685|
|Lee County Housing Authority||$24,172|
|Pulaski County Housing Agency||$35,158|
|McGehee Public Residential Housing Facilities Board||$31,848|
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