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Lee Jones
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March 30, 2010


PORTLAND - U.S. Housing And Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced today the competitive
award of $1,583,836 to 15 public housing Agencies across Oregon to provide low-income residents with the
necessary job training to help them become economically self-sufficient.

Todays grants in Oregon were part of $49.3 million in awards under HUDs Housing Choice Voucher Family Self-SufficiencyProgram(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 todays 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, Im pleased HUD is providing this funding to local housing Authorities that will keep caseworkers on the job to assist families in HUDs voucher program find employment.

Winning HCV/FSS grants today were the following 15 Oregon housing Authorities:

Central Oregon Regional Housing Authority (Redmond) $88,880
Housing Authority of Polk County (dba West Valley Housing Authority $66,660
Housing Authority and Community Services Agency of Lane County $133,349
Housing Authority of Clackamas County $81,920
Housing Authority of Douglas County $40,938
Housing Authority of Jackson County $57,466
Housing Authority of Portland $139,179
Housing Authority of the City of Salem $196,251
Housing Authority of Washington County $51,053
Housing Authority of Yamhill County $226,520
Linn-Benton Housing Authority $231,305
Marion County Housing Authority $58,570
Mid-Columbia Housing Authority (The Dalles) $54,000
Northeast Oregon Housing Authority (LaGrande) $105,200
Northwest Oregon Housing Authority(Warrenton) $52,545
State Total

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 will get a job and the family will no longer receive welfare assistance at the end of the five-year term. As the familys 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 is the nation's housing Agency committed to sustaining homeownership; 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 ad enforces the nation's
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