HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 09-PH1
Larry Bush
(415) 489-6414
For Release
January 5, 2009


WASHINGTON - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Steve Preston today announced that 13 public housing agencies in Arizona will receive $1,083,043 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), 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.

Grants in Arizona range from $49,000 to nearly $200,000, depending on the staffing and other requirements. While
all housing authorities are required to operate a Self-Sufficiency Program, additional federal funding to local Housing Authorities requires an application that meets all guidelines.

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.

City of Phoenix Housing Department $198,000
City of Tucson $117,944
City of Mesa $96,575
Housing Authority of Maricopa County $44,698
Pinal County Division of Housing $50,603
Yuma County Housing Department $36,967
Chandler, City of $53,903
City of Tempe Housing Services $129,818
City of Scottsdale Housing Agency $54,574
Housing Authority of Cochise County $54,383
Housing Authority of the City of Yuma $129,974
City of Douglas Public Housing Authority $66,000
Mohave, County of $49,604
State Totals: $1,083,043


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