HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 11-227
Donna White
(202) 708-0685
For Release
September 22, 2011


WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded nearly $60 million to help public housing agencies across the U.S., the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to retain or hire service coordinators to work directly with families who participate in HUD's Housing Choice Voucher program. The coordinators will assist these voucher recipients to find employment resources and job training opportunities to put them on a path toward self-sufficiency. Read more about local impact of HUD's grant funding on HUD's website.

"In today's economy, it's never been more critical to help families obtain the skills that lead to jobs," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. "With HUD's help, these housing authorities will be able to assist families in finding employment, increasing their earning potential and putting them on a path to self sufficiency."

HUD's Housing Choice Voucher Family Self-Sufficiency Program (HCV/FSS) supports public housing agencies (PHAs) to retain or hire family self-sufficiency coordinators. These coordinators in turn link adults in the HCV program with welfare agencies, schools, businesses and other local partners to develop the skills and experience to enable them to obtain jobs that pay a living wage. The local organizations typically provide participating individuals job training, childcare, counseling, transportation, job placement and homeownership counseling.

Participants in the HCV-FSS program sign a contract that requires the head of the household will get a job and the family will 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.

HUD's Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) Program is a long-standing resource for increasing economic security and self-sufficiency among participants. HUD issued a new report ( earlier this year that evaluated the effectiveness of the FSS Program. Conducted from 2005 to 2009, the study shows the financial benefits are substantial for participants who complete the program. This study is the second of a three-part series by HUD that evaluate the effects of the FSS program. The first study ( found individuals who participated in the FSS program fared better financially than those who did not enroll in the program. HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) will launch the third and final installment to complete the series this year.


STATE Amount STATE Amount
ALASKA $198,642 MISSISSIPPI $749,177
ALABAMA $785,935 MONTANA $175,703
ARKANSAS $769,058 NORTH CAROLINA $1,716,742
ARIZONA $1,073,181 NORTH DAKOTA $203,672
CALIFORNIA $7,359,783 NEBRASKA $298,302
COLORADO $742,684 NEW HAMPSHIRE $479,226
CONNECTICUT $700,369 NEW JERSEY $1,642,986
DELAWARE $69,000 NEVADA $559,133
FLORIDA $2,642,340 NEW YORK $4,840,939
GEORGIA $944,361 OHIO $2,495,140
GUAM $56,718 OKLAHOMA $387,642
HAWAII $519,923 OREGON $1,827,255
IOWA $1,151,526 PENNSYLVANIA $1,719,704
IDAHO $559,934 PUERTO RICO $116,688
ILLINOIS $2,015,272 RHODE ISLAND $662,859
INDIANA $754,055 SOUTH CAROLINA $404,453
KANSAS $490,289 SOUTH DAKOTA $111,688
KENTUCKY $1,402,657 TENNESSEE $893,099
LOUISIANA $220,698 TEXAS $3,254,686
MASSACHUSETTS $2,516,377 UTAH $555,400
MARYLAND $1,428,845 VIRGINIA $1,184,407
MAINE $278,972 VERMONT $336,683
MICHIGAN $2,072,775 WASHINGTON $1,615,836
MINNESOTA $541,049 WISCONSIN $566,120
MISSOURI $1,254,110 WEST VIRGINIA $158,978
TOTAL: $58,207,370


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