HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 10-17
Adam Glantz
(212) 264-1100
For Release
March 31, 2010

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

NEW YORK - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan just announced that dozens of public housing agencies across New York State will receive over $2.5 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 York grantees is attached.)

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.

  Albany Housing Authority $136,000
  City of Buffalo $98,697
  City of Fulton $29,917
  City of New York Department of Housing Preservation and Development $204,000
  City of North Tonawanda PHA $48,102
  City of Oswego Community Development Office $46,673
  City of Port Jervis - Community Development Agency $14,007
  City of Utica Section 8 Program $45,979
  Cohoes Housing Authority $70,709
  Erie County PHA Consortium, Town of Amherst $145,640
  Geneva Housing Authority $63,025
  Gloversville Housing Authority $48,712
  Ithaca Housing Authority $136,000
  Jamestown Housing Authority $34,340
  Johnstown Housing Authority $32,643
  Mechanicville Housing Authority $16,750
  Monticello Housing Authority $44,625
  Municipal Housing Authority of the City of Schenectady $47,356
  New Rochelle Municipal Housing Authority $81,136
  North Fork Housing Alliance, Inc. $37,875
  NYS Housing Trust Fund Corp/DHCR $187,179
  Poughkeepsie Housing Authority $60,186
  Rochester Housing Authority $165,180
  Town of Babylon Housing Assistance Agency $49,098
  Town of Brookhaven $57,696
  Town of Colonie $52,081
  Town of Guilderland $64,394
  Town of Huntington Housing Authority $68,000
  Town of Poughkeepsie Section 8 Housing Program $53,357
  Town of Rotterdam $54,254
  Town of Smithtown $49,213
  Troy Housing Authority $71,902
  Village of Ballston Spa $41,211
  Village of Corinth $32,908
  Village of Highland Falls $32,643
  Village of Kiryas Joel Housing Authority $81,942
  Village of Scotia $28,494
State Total  $2,531,924


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