HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 06-020
William Dudley Gregorie
(803) 253-3878
For Release
December 20, 2006


COLUMBIA, SC - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $174,464 in grants today to
public housing authorities throughout South Carolina; $9,675,050 in grants to public housing authorities across the U.S. The housing agencies use this funding to hire service coordinators who connect public housing residents with resources in the community to lead them to economic independence.

"An old Chinese proverb tells us it is better to teach one how to fish than to give one a fish, for the one who is
taught will eat for a lifetime, not only a day," said Columbia Field Office Director, William D. Gregorie, who announced the funding today. "These grants are true to the proverb because they allow local housing agencies help low-income families thrive for a lifetime by leading them to employment that moves them to self-sufficiency, even homeownership."

The monies awarded are from HUD's Public Housing Family Self-Sufficiency (PH FSS) program, which awards grants
to public housing authorities (PHAs) to hire service coordinators to link residents with supportive services that help them find education and job training.

PH FSS funding allows PHAs to hire program coordinators who work directly with residents to guide them to
education and training opportunities, job placement organizations and local employers. Residents sign a contract to participate, which outlines their responsibilities towards completion of training and employment objectives up to a five-year period. For each participating family that is a recipient of welfare assistance, the PHA must establish an interim goal that the participating family be independent from welfare assistance prior to the expiration of the contract. During the period of participation, residents may earn an escrow credit based on increased earned
income, which they may use in a variety of ways, including continuing their education or making a down payment toward home purchase.

A 2005 HUD study showed low-income families who participated in a similar HUD family self-sufficiency program saw their incomes increase at a higher rate than non-participants.

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


Recipients listed by state and by housing authority.

Amount State Amount
Alabama $244,452 Mississippi $132,856
Arizona $146,500 Missouri $111,755
Arkansas $39,500 Nebraska $148,838
California $771,491 Nevada $121,888
Colorado $405,456

New Hampshire

Connecticut $237,531 New Jersey $73,963
Delaware $36,515 New Mexico $262,012
Florida $483,993 New York $286,777
Georgia $121,595 North Carolina $711,044
Hawaii $45,011 Ohio $395,018
Idaho $39,007 Oklahoma $103,034
Illinois $226,604 Oregon $436,163
Indiana $279,775 Pennsylvania $258,644
Iowa $90,465 Rhode Island $65,000
Kansas $115,588 South Carolina $174,464
Kentucky $107,862 Tennessee $313,765
Louisiana $42,000 Texas $650,940
Maine $79,820 Utah $110,880
Maryland $465,277 Virginia $604,093
Massachusetts $150,849 Washington $152,444
Michigan $153,486 West Virginia $123,417
Minnesota $77,345 Wyoming $32,398


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