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HUD No. KY09-001
Deborah Knight
(502) 618-8129
For Release
Friday
January 9, 2009

HUD AWARDS $1.2 MILLION IN GRANTS TO HELP LOW-INCOME FAMILIES GET JOB TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT
Kentucky receives $1.2 million for 17 local agencies

LOUISVILLE - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Steve Preston today announced that 17 public housing agencies in Kentucky will receive more than $1.2 million 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.

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 Kentucky housing authorities and agencies will receive funding:

Kentucky
Louisville Metro Housing Authority $378,984
Lexington-Fayette Urban County Housing Authority $49,044
Housing Authority of Somerset $83,000
Housing Authority of Newport, KY $51,696
Housing Authority of Cynthiana $62,044
Campbellsville Housing & Redevelopment Authority $28,075
Georgetown Housing Authority $45,000
City of Richmond Section 8 Housing $35,734
City of Covington CDA $50,500
Boone County Fiscal Court $64,266
Campbell County Department of Housing $47,378
City of Paducah Section 8 Housing $37,826
Pineville Urban Renewal & Community $31,109
Barbourville Urban Renewal & CDA $32,060
Housing Authority of Floyd County $30,300
Cumberland Valley Regional Housing Authority $46,602
Kentucky Housing Corporation $150,938
State Totals: $1,224,556

For a list of local housing authorities receiving funding, visit HUD's website.

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