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HUD Region VI: 11-25
Patricia Campbell
(817) 978-5974/c (817) 681-9741
For Release
Thursday
March 24, 2011

HUD AWARDS $3.3 MILLION TO 33 TEXAS PUBLIC HOUSING AUTHORITIES TO HELP SECTION 8 FAMILIES BECOME SELF-SUFFICIENT

FORT WORTH - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced today that 33 public housing agencies in Texas will receive a total of $3,295,806 to link low-income families with the necessary education and job training to put them on the path to self-sufficiency. Nationally, 600 agencies received nearly $54 million in grants.

Funded through HUD's Housing Choice Voucher Family Self-Sufficiency Program (HCV/FSS), the grants to Texas provide funds for 33 public housing authorities (PHAs) to fund salaries for 64 coordinators (or caseworkers) to work with welfare agencies, schools, businesses, and other local partners to develop programs to help individuals participating in HUD's Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) increase their education or gain marketable skills that will enable them to obtain jobs.

"This program is absolutely critical in today's economy," said Donovan. "The research demonstrates that the FSS program works. When families are given the tools they need to move beyond the voucher program, they do. Ultimately, they become self-sufficient and more vouchers become available for other families. For America to win
the future we need a trained and skilled workforce."

The Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) Program is a long-standing resource for increasing economic security and self-sufficiency among HCV participants. A new report just issued by HUD, which evaluated the effectiveness of the FSS Program from 2005 to 2009, shows the financial benefits are substantial for participants who remain and complete
the program.

Participants in the HCV/FSS program sign a contract that requires the head of the household to 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 which they can use for any purpose, including paying educational expenses, starting a business or paying back debts.

The Texas grantees, number of coordinator positions funded, and grant amounts follow:

TEXAS
Anthony Housing Authority Inc
1
$37,988
Brazos Valley Council of Governments
5
$345,000
City of Amarillo
1
$36,009
City of Garland Housing Agency
1
$51,368
City of Longview, Texas
1
$49,014
City of Tyler
1
$49,564
Dallas, County of
1
$64,000
Deep East Texas Council of Governments
2
$71,714
Housing Authority of City of Fort Worth
4
$269,856
Housing Authority of City of Galveston
1
$59,151
Housing Authority of the City of Abilene
1
$48,320
Housing Authority of the City of Arlington, TX
3
$162,702
Housing Authority of the City of Austin
3
$138,975
Housing Authority of the City of Beaumont
1
$41,080
Housing Authority of the City of Brownsville
2
$85,552
Housing Authority of the City of Del Rio
1
$28,500
Housing Authority of the City of El Paso
2
$105,420
Housing Authority of the City of Kingsville
1
$54,823
Housing Authority of the City of Lubbock
1
$39,390
Housing Authority of the City of Pharr
1
$37,501
Housing Authority of the City of Plano
1
$37,338
Housing Authority of the City of Port Isabel
1
$26,015
Housing Authority of the City of San Angelo, TX
1
$49,000
Housing Authority of the City of San Antonio
9
$394,401
Housing Authority of the City of Waco
2
$86,320
Housing Authority of the County of Hidalgo
1
$37,462
Midland County Housing Authority
1
$42,466
Montgomery County Housing Authority
1
$43,122
South Plains Regional Housing Authority
1
$17,052
Tarrant County
2
$125,951
Texoma Council of Governments
1
$65,862
The Housing Authority of the City of Dallas, Texas (DHA)
8
$549,440
Walker County Housing Authority
1
$45,450
TX Subtotal:
64
$3,295,806

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