HUD No. 06-011
(601) 965-4700 ext. 2105
January 18, 2007
NATCHEZ HOUSING AUTHORITY AWARDED $250,000 GRANT TO ASSIST ELDERLY, DISABLED
JACKSON - The Natchez Housing Authority received a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and
Urban Development for supportive services that help elderly and disabled public housing residents. The Natchez Housing Authority was selected by HUD, which awarded $8,796,564 in grants today to 32 public housing agencies
and non-profit organizations across the country.
"Thousands of elderly and disabled public housing residents rely on these grants to assist them in maintaining an independent lifestyle," said HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson. "In some cases, these grants are the bridge to help our seniors and those with disabilities to live a life that allows them to fully participate in their communities and enjoy a wide range of opportunities."
The funding is from HUD's Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) Elderly/Persons with Disabilities
Program, which public housing authorities, resident associations and non-profit organizations compete for annually. The grants enable these entities to hire project coordinators to work with elderly residents and those with
disabilities to link them with supportive services available in their communities, such as transportation, health and wellness programs, and nutritious meal services, allowing these individuals or families to live independently longer.
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 Internet