HUD No. 03-112
October 23, 2003
MARTINEZ ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $47.6 MILLION IN GRANTS TO HELP FAMILIES ACROSS THE U.S.
Funding 30 North Carolina Grants Aimed at Making Families Employable,
WASHINGTON - Housing and Urban Development Secretary Mel Martinez
announced $47,688,000 in grants today to 771 housing authorities
in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico
that will be used for job training and placement for low-income
citizens. Thirty grants will greatly benefit North Carolina communities.
list that follows.)
"This funding will help thousands of citizens find employment
and eventually become economically independent,"
said Martinez. "HUD is committed to revitalizing communities through job advocacy, training programs and economic development."
HUD's Housing Choice Voucher Family Self-Sufficiency (HCV/FSS) Program provides funds to public housing agencies specifically for
the employment of family self-sufficiency coordinators. The FSS
coordinators assist adults in job training, childcare, counseling,
transportation and job placement programs.
Participants in the job preparedness program, some of whom are on welfare, sign a contract that stipulates the
head of the household will get a job and the family will become self-sufficient within five years. While enrolled in
the program, as a family's income rises, a third of that income goes to an interest-bearing escrow account.
If a family fulfills the contract requiring employment and independence
from welfare, they can use the escrow
account for down payment on a home purchase, starting a business, paying back debts and paying educational expenses. If a family fails to fulfill the contract, they do not get the funds in the escrow account and may be terminated from the FSS Program.
North Carolina communities, listed below, will greatly benefit from these grants.
|Raleigh Housing Authority||
|Housing Authority of the City of Kinston||
|Housing Authority of the City of High Point||
|Housing Authority of the City of Asheville||
|City of Concord Housing Department||
|Greensboro Housing Authority||
|Housing Authority of the City of Winston-Salem||
|Housing Authority of the City of Durham||
|Housing Authority of the Town of Laurinburg||
|Housing Authority of the City of Rocky Mount||
|Housing Authority of the County of Wake||
|Sanford Housing Authority||
|Lexington Housing Authority||
|Graham Housing Authority||
|Thomasville Housing Authority||
|Statesville Housing Authority||
|Asheboro Housing Authority||
|Mideast Regional Housing Authority||
|Chatham County Housing Authority||
|East Spencer Housing Authority||
|Western Carolina Community Action, Inc.||
|Coastal Community Action, Inc.||
|East Carolina Human Services Agency, Inc.||
|Economic Improvement Council, Inc.||
|Brunswick County Public Housing Agency||
|Sandhills Community Action Program, Inc.||
|Twin Rivers Opportunities, Inc.||
|Mountain Projects, Inc.||
|Isothermal Planning and Development Commission||
|Northwestern Regional Housing Authority||
HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing homeownership,
particularly among minorities, creating affordable housing opportunities
for low-income Americans, supporting the homeless, elderly, people
with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also
promotes economic and community development as well as
enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet.