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HUD Reg. VI -07-117
Patricia Campbell
(817) 978-5974
For Release
Tuesday
December 18, 2007

HUD AWARDS $558,000 TO HELP INDIVIDUALS FIND JOBS IN OKLAHOMA
Funding to make families in public housing employable, self-sufficient

FORT WORTH � The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded $558,250 to nine public housing authorities (PHAs) in Oklahoma to help low-income individuals get job training and employment placement. Nationally, $59 million in grants was awarded. The list of Oklahoma grantees and amounts follows.

"Thousands of people will get the assistance they need to help them find jobs that will get them on their road to financial independence," said HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson who announced the funding. "Some families have become homeowners or debt-free as a result of this program, thanks to their commitment and determination to thrive."

The funding is provided through HUD's Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program, which encourages communities to develop local strategies to help families who live in public housing or who participate in HUD's Housing Choice
Voucher (HCV) program obtain employment that will lead to economic independence and self-sufficiency. PHAs work with welfare agencies, schools, businesses, and other local partners to develop a comprehensive program that gives participating FSS family members the skills and experience to enable them to obtain employment. Two of the grantees, the Tulsa Housing Authority and the Shawnee Housing Authority, received both Public Housing and
Housing Choice Voucher FSS grants.

The funding is distributed to PHAs, which allows them to hire or retain FSS coordinators on staff to assist adult residents to find employment. The coordinators link participants to resources in the community that can help with their job search, such as job training opportunities, employment placement programs or local employers. The coordinators also help individuals locate childcare, counseling services, and transportation, which are often times impediments to employment.

Participants, some of whom are on welfare, sign a contract that stipulates the head of the household will find
suitable employment and the family will be off of welfare assistance within five years. Because public housing and voucher rents are tied to income, when income rises, rent rises. With the FSS program, the rent increase is paid to the PHA, but goes into an interest-bearing escrow account. If the participant successfully graduates from the program, he or she can use the escrow account for a variety of goals, including the down payment on a home, starting a business, paying back debts or paying educational expenses.

The Oklahoma grantees are:

Oklahoma Housing Choice Voucher FSS Grantees
  Oklahoma City Housing Authority
$56,998
  Housing Authority of the City of Broken Bow
$23,000
  Housing Authority of the City of Tulsa
$38,139
  Housing Authority of the City of Shawnee , OK
$49,699
  Housing Authority of the City of Norman
$47,766
  Housing Authority of the City of Stillwater
$42,998
  Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency
$89,768
 
State Total
$348,368
   
 
  Public Housing FSS Grantees
 
  Housing Authority of the City of Lawton
$32,467
  Housing Authority of the City of Tulsa
$42,749
  Housing Authority of the City of Shawnee , OK
$94,666
  Housing Authority of the City of Muskogee
$40,000
 
State Total
$209,882

HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development and enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet
and espanol.hud.gov.

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