HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 01.13.09
Jerrie G. Magruder
(407) 648-6446 ext. 2017
For Release
January 13, 2009


ATLANTA - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Southeast Regional Director Burt Wilkerson recognized the 10
public housing agencies and housing choice administrators in Georgia that received $871,536 in grants to provide
low-income people with the necessary job training to put them on a path toward self-sufficiency at the Georgia Capitol. Wilkerson was joined by Georgia Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Mike Beatty in applauding
the grant recipients.

Funded through HUD's Housing Choice Voucher Family Self-Sufficiency Program (HCV/FSS), these 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.

The Family Self-sufficiency (FSS) program was started in 1990 and since its inception it has dramatically impacted
the lives of low income families. Wilkerson said, "FSS has been the catalyst for families to transition from renters to homeowners and from the unemployed to gainful workers. This program demonstrates how effective partnerships
with the government, nonprofit and the private sector can garner positive results in our communities."

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.

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.

Commissioner Beatty acknowledged the accomplishment of Ms. Tina Clapp, a mother of four who received a college degree and bought a home as a result of her participation in FSS. He said, "You really do not get the real
significance of this program until you see examples like Ms. Clapp."

Below is a list of local housing authorities receiving funding:

Housing Authority of the City of Augusta, Georgia
Housing Authority of Columbus Georgia
The Housing Authority of the City of Brunswick
Housing Authority of the City of Marietta
Housing Authority of the City of East Point Georgia
Housing Authority of the City of College Park
Housing Authority of Fulton County
City of Marietta-Housing Choice Voucher Program
Northwest Georgia Housing Authority
Georgia Department of Community Affairs
State Totals:


HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities;
creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development and enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the
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