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HUD No. 09-22-2011
Gloria Shanahan
(305) 520-5030
For Release
September 22, 2011

Grants to Florida are part of nearly $60 million HUD awarded to housing agencies nationwide

MIAMI - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded Florida $2,642,340 to help public housing agencies retain or hire service coordinators to work directly with families who participate in HUD's Housing Choice Voucher program. The coordinators will assist these voucher recipients to find employment resources and job training opportunities to put them on a path toward self-sufficiency.

"In today's economy, it's never been more critical to help families obtain the skills that lead to jobs," said HUD Southeast Regional Administrator Ed Jennings, Jr. "With HUD's help, these housing agencies will be able to assist families in finding employment, increasing their earning potential and putting them on a path to self sufficiency."

HUD's Housing Choice Voucher Family Self-Sufficiency Program (HCV/FSS) supports public housing agencies (PHAs) to retain or hire family self-sufficiency coordinators. These coordinators in turn link adults in the HCV program with welfare agencies, schools, businesses and other local partners to develop the skills and experience to enable them to obtain jobs that pay a living wage. The local organizations typically provide participating individuals job training, childcare, counseling, transportation, job placement and homeownership counseling.

Participants in the HCV-FSS program sign a contract that requires 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.

HUD's Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) Program is a long-standing resource for increasing economic security and self-sufficiency among participants. HUD issued a new report earlier this year that evaluated the effectiveness of the
FSS Program. Conducted from 2005 to 2009, the study shows the financial benefits are substantial for participants who complete the program. This study is the second of a three-part series by HUD that evaluate the effects of the FSS program. The first study found individuals who participated in the FSS program fared better financially than
those who did not enroll in the program. HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) will launch the third and final installment to complete the series this year.

Boca Raton Housing Authority FL119 $51,515
Broward County Housing Authority FL079 $179,101
Clearwater Housing Authority FL075 $47,769
Collier County Housing Authority FL141 $52,049
Delray Beach Housing Authority FL083 $51,426
Hialeah Housing Authority FL066 $72,351
Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners FL089 $191,934
Hollywood Housing Authority FL136 $20,107
Housing Authority of Brevard County FL020 $60,000
Housing Authority of Lakeland FL011 $88,253
Housing Authority of Pompano Beach FL028 $46,107
Housing Authority of the City of Deerfield Beach FL081 $47,232
Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale FL010 $132,964
Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers FL047 $100,736
Housing Authority of the City of Miami Beach FL017 $63,000
Housing Authority of the City of Tampa FL003 $204,168
Jacksonville Housing Authority FL001 $188,550
Lee County Housing Authority FL128 $46,879
Manatee County Housing Authority FL105 $31,310
Miami-Dade Public Housing Agency FL005 $218,120
Milton Housing Authority FL053 $69,000
Orange County Housing and Community Development FL093 $68,000
Pahokee Housing Authority FL021 $39,000
Palm Beach County Housing Authority FL080 $119,614
Pasco County Housing Authority FL104 $32,749
Pinellas County Housing Authority FL062 $64,539
Punta Gorda Housing Authority FL060 $53,025
Sarasota Housing Authority FL008 $10,100
The Housing Authority of the City of Daytona Beach FL007 $41,543
The Housing Authority of the City of Fort Pierce FL041 $63,798
The West Palm Beach Housing Authority FL009 $88,401
Walton County Housing Agency FL110 $30,000
Winter Haven Housing Authority FL139 $69,000
FL Subtotal: $2,642,340

See national impact of HUD's grant funding on HUD's website here.


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