HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 03-112
Donna White
(202) 708-0685
For Release
October 23, 2003

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. (See
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.

North Carolina
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
State Subtotal:

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.


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