HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 07-180
Jane Goin
(303) 672-5440
For Release
December 14, 2007

Funding to make Colorado families employable and self-sufficient

DENVER - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded $59.1 million to public housing agencies (PHAs) across the nation to help low-income individuals. Colorado Family Self Sufficiency programs will receive grants totaling $1,391,032. Housing authorities in Denver, Boulder, Loveland, Fort Collins and Adams County will receive Public Housing grants totaling $482,151. Thirteen Colorado agencies will receive Housing Choice Voucher Grants totaling $908,881.

"Coloradans will be able to receive job training, counseling and employment placement to get on the road to
financial independence," said HUD Regional Director John Carson.

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 down payment on a home, starting
a business, paying back debts or paying educational expenses.

COLORADO: Family Self-Sufficiency/Public Housing recipients
Housing Authority of the City & County of Denver
Boulder Housing Partners / Housing Authority Boulder CO
The Housing Authority of the City of Loveland
Fort Collins Housing Authority
Adams County Housing Authority
State Total
COLORADO: Family Self-Sufficiency/Housing Choice Voucher recipients
Housing Authority of the City and County of Denver
Housing Authority of the City of Pueblo
Housing Authority of the City of Colorado Springs
Fort Collins Housing Authority
Housing Authority of the City of Englewood
Lakewood Housing Authority
Arvada Housing Authority
Grand Junction Housing Authority
Housing Authority of the City of Aurora
Adams County Housing Authority
Boulder County Housing Authority
Jefferson County Housing Authority
Colorado Department of Local Affairs, Division of Housing
State Total


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