HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 10-10
Alan Gelfand
(973) 776-7205
For Release
May 18, 2010


NEWARK - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development just awarded $1.7 million in grants to four public housing and two non-profit agencies in New Jersey that will help public housing residents find employment that leads them toward economic independence. This funding will also link the elderly with supportive services that will allow them to age-in-place. The grants just announced are part of $28 million awarded nationwide to public housing agencies and local communities. (A listing of New Jersey grantees is below.)

"This is money well spent in these economic times," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. "This funding allows HUD,
and our partner local housing agencies, to provide families with more than just affordable housing, but resources
that will help them obtain jobs and achieve personal and career goals."

The funding is provided through HUD's Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) - Service Coordinators program, which enables public housing agencies (PHAs) to keep or hire a service coordinator to work directly with residents to assess their needs to connect them with education , job training and placement programs and/or computer and financial literacy services available in their community to promote self-sufficiency. For the elderly or disabled, the service coordinator arranges supportive services that allow them to maintain their independent

The purpose of the ROSS Program is to encourage local innovative strategies that link public housing assistance with public and private resources to enable participating families to increase earned income; reduce or eliminate the need for welfare assistance; and make progress toward achieving economic independence and housing self-sufficiency.

The grants are awarded to PHAs, resident organizations or non-profit organizations acting on behalf of residents to encourage and promote self-sufficiency among residents.

Housing Authority of Gloucester County $112,871
Millville Housing Authority $195,000
New Jersey Association of Public and Subsidized Housing $240,000
Pleasantville Housing Authority $240,000
Newark Housing Authority $720,000
Woodbridge Garden Apartment Resident Council $206,000
State Subtotal: $1,713,871


HUD's mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; andtransform the way HUD does business. More information
about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at and


Content Archived: January 25, 2012