HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 09-PH1
Larry Bush
(415) 489-6414
For Release
January 5, 2009


WASHINGTON - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Steve Preston today announced that four public housing agencies in Nevada will receive $458,514 to provide low-income people with the necessary job training to
put them on a path toward self-sufficiency.

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.

"This program has proven its effectiveness in helping families develop the skills that lead to stable employment," said Preston. "Getting a decent job and increasing a person's potential for higher paying employment is the first step to becoming economically independent."

PHAs use the funding to hire family self-sufficiency coordinators to link adults in the Housing Choice Voucher program (formerly Section 8) to local organizations that provide job training, childcare, counseling, transportation and job placement. PHAs can also hire homeownership coordinators to help families get homeownership counseling.

Nevada grants include Reno ($43,453), City of Las Vegas ($193,182), City of North Las Vegas ($111,513) and Clark County (110,366). While all housing authorities are required to operate a Self-Sufficiency Program, additional federal funding to local Housing Authorities requires an application that meets all guidelines.

Participants in the HCV/FSS program sign a contract that stipulates 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.


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