HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 11-102
Erik Amundson
(406) 447-1488
For Release
May 26, 2011


WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $576,479 to the Helena Housing Authority (HHA) to create a center for early childhood education and adult job training for public housing residents. HHA was one of only 10 successful applicants across the country. The grant award will provide seed money to construct a 4,500 square foot facility on a site owned by the housing authority. Local partners include Head Start, the University of Montana - Helena College of Technology and the Career Training Institute.

"As President Obama has said, if America is to win the future, we need to out-educate the rest of the world," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. "This funding helps public housing agencies that want to provide these services but lacked the resources. This is an investment to make certain we connect affordable housing with quality education
and training resources."

HUD's Capital Fund Education and Training Community Facilities (CFCF) Program provides funding to public housing authorities for the construction, rehabilitation, or purchase of facilities that will offer early childhood education, adult education and job training programs. It is designed primarily for public housing residents, but can be utilized by residents in the surrounding community. The purpose of the facilities is to offer comprehensive, integrated education and employment services to help public housing residents achieve long-term economic self-sufficiency.

HUD required successful applicants to illustrate their ability to get firm financial commitments of at least 5 percent to leverage the HUD grant. The applicants were also required to identify at least one education and/or training supportive service provider, such as a community college, that would partner with the housing authority to provide education and employment services at the facility. All of the grantees surpassed this requirement by forming partnerships with many local organizations in the community. Read more about housing authorities receiving CFCF grants on HUD's website.


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