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Kristine Foye
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January 5, 2009

Funding part of $49 million awarded nationwide

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded funding to 32 agencies in Massachusetts to provide low-income residents with the necessary job training to put them on a path toward self-sufficiency. The
$2.5 million in funding is part of $49 million awarded nationwide (please see attached list of Massachusetts

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 families who live in public housing or participate in the Housing Choice Voucher Program (formerly Section 8) 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 HUD Secretary Steve Preston. "Getting a decent job and increasing a person's potential for higher paying employment is the first step to becoming economically independent."

The funding is distributed to public housing authorities, 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. PHAs can also hire a homeownership coordinator to help families get homeownership counseling.

Participants sign a five-year contract that stipulates the head of the household will find suitable employment and
the family will no longer receive public assistance at the end of the program. Because public housing and voucher rents are tied to income, when income rises normally rent rises as well. With the FSS program, the rent increase is paid to the housing authority, 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.


Family Self Sufficiency grants were awarded to the following agencies in Massachusetts:

Acton Housing Authority
Arlington Housing Authority
Attleboro Housing Authority
Boston Housing Authority
Braintree Housing Authority
Chelmsford Housing Authority
Chelsea Housing Authority
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Dedham Housing Authority
Fall River Housing Authority
Framingham Housing Authority
Gardner Housing Authority
Gloucester Housing Authority
Greenfield Housing Authority
Holyoke Housing Authority
Leominster Housing Authority
Lowell Housing Authority
Lynn HA & Neighborhood Dev.
Medford Housing Authority
Melrose Housing Authority
Methuen Housing Authority
Milton Housing Authority
North Andover Housing Authority
Plymouth Housing Authority
Quincy Housing Authority
Revere Housing Authority
Somerville Housing Authority
Taunton Housing Authority
Wakefield Housing Authority
Wayland Housing Authority
Woburn Housing Authority
Worcester Housing Authority
State Totals:

Note to reporters:  For specific information on how the grantees will administer the funding (or to request an interview with a participant in the program), please contact the appropriate housing authority. For information
on the Family Self Sufficiency program, or other HUD programs and services, please contact Kristine Foye at 617-994-8218 or via email at


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