HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD Reg. VI - 10-40
Patricia Campbell
(817) 978-5974
For Release
March 30, 2010

37 Texas public housing authorities receive grants to help those with
Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers

FORT WORTH - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced today that 37 public housing authorities in Texas will receive a total of $2,469,020 to provide individuals with Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers with the necessary job training to put them on a path toward self-sufficiency. Nearly $50 million in grants was awarded nationally.

Funded through HUD's Housing Choice Voucher Family Self-Sufficiency Program (HCV/FSS), the grants allow public housing authorities (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 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.

Grantees and amounts awarded in Texas follows:

Brazos Valley Council of Governments $136,000
City of Amarillo $35,653
City of Baytown Housing Authority $22,680
City of Garland Housing Agency $50,859
City Of Longview Housing Authority $47,075
Dallas County Housing Agency $32,235
Fort Worth Housing Authority $200,388
Galveston Housing Authority $58,565
Housing Authority of the City of Anthony $37,617
Housing Authority of the City of Arlington, Texas $161,091
Housing Authority of the City of Austin $137,599
Housing Authority of the City of Beaumont $40,673
Housing Authority of the City of Brownsville $84,706
Housing Authority of the City of Del Rio $29,650
Housing Authority of the City of Kingsville $67,851
Housing Authority of the City of Lubbock $39,000
Housing Authority of the City of Pharr $37,130
Housing Authority of the City of Plano $35,378
Housing Authority of the City of Texas City, Texas $17,500
Housing Authority of the County of Hidalgo $37,462
Houston Housing Authority $136,020
Laredo Housing Authority $44,608
McAllen Housing Authority $45,000
Midland County Housing Authority $52,556
Montgomery County Housing Authority $41,436
Palacios Housing Authority $30,000
Robstown Housing Authority $15,600
San Angelo Housing Authority $49,000
San Antonio Housing Authority $122,495
San Marcos Housing Authority $50,753
South Plains Regional Housing Authority $33,766
Tarrant County Housing Assistance Office $128,753
Texoma Council of Governments $65,210
The Housing Authority of the City of Dallas $204,000
The Housing Authority of the City of El Paso, Texas $44,528
Waco Housing Authority Affiliates $39,933
Walker County Housing Authority $56,250
State Total $2,469,020


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