HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 10-06
Alan Gelfand
(973) 776-7205
For Release
March 31, 2010

Housing authorities across the U.S., Guam, Puerto Rico receiving nearly $50 million

NEWARK - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan just announced that dozens of public housing agencies across New Jersey will receive over $1.6 million to provide low-income people with the necessary
job training to put them on a path toward self-sufficiency. The grants just announced are part of nearly $50 million awarded nationwide to public housing agencies and local communities. (A listing of New Jersey grantees is

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 participating individuals develop the skills and experience to enable them to obtain jobs that pay a living wage.

"In today's economy, this program is needed more than ever to help families obtain the skills that lead to jobs," said Donovan. "On the heels of President Obama signing the jobs bill that will boost job creation, I'm pleased HUD is providing this funding to local housing authorities that will keep caseworkers on the job to assist families in HUD's voucher program find employment."

Local housing authorities use the funding to hire family self-sufficiency coordinators to link adults in the Housing Choice Voucher program to local organizations that provide job training, childcare, counseling, transportation and
job placement. These housing authorities can also hire coordinators to help families get homeownership counseling.

Participants in the HCV/FSS program sign a contract that requires the head of the household to get a job and the family to no longer receive welfare assistance at the end of the five-year term. As the family's income rises, a
portion of that increased income is deposited in an interest-bearing escrow account. If the family completes its FSS contract, the family receives the escrow funds that it can use for any purpose, including a down payment on a
home, paying educational expenses, starting a business or paying back debts.

New Jersey
Burlington County Board of Social Services
NJ Department of Community Affairs
Fort Lee Housing Authority
Housing Authority of Gloucester County
Housing Authority of the Borough of Madison
Housing Authority of the City of Camden
Housing Authority of the City of East Orange
Housing Authority of the City of Jersey City
Housing Authority of the City of Newark
Housing Authority of the City of Orange
Housing Authority of the City of Perth Amboy
Housing Authority of the County of Morris
Housing Authority of the Town of Boonton
Housing Authority of the Township of Irvington
Housing Authority of Woodbridge NJ
Housing Authority Town of Dover
Lakewood Housing Authority
Lakewood Tenants Organization, Inc. (Lakewood Township Residential Assistance Program LTRAP)
Monmouth County Public Housing Agency
Passaic County Public Housing Agency
Pleasantville Housing Authority
The Housing Authority of Plainfield
State Total


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