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September 22, 2011

Grants to 33 Texas public housing authorities are part of nearly $60 million HUD awarded nationwide

FORT WORTH - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded 33 Texas public housing authorities $3,254,686 to retain or hire service coordinators to work directly with families who participate in HUD's Housing Choice Voucher program, commonly known as Section 8. The coordinators will assist these voucher recipients to find employment resources and job training opportunities to put them on a path toward self-sufficiency. The list of Texas grantees and amounts follows.

"In today's economy, it's never been more critical to help families obtain the skills that lead to jobs," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. "With HUD's help, these housing agencies will be able to assist families in finding employment, increasing their earning potential and putting them on a path to self sufficiency."

HUD's Housing Choice Voucher Family Self-Sufficiency Program (HCV/FSS) supports public housing agencies (PHAs)
to retain or hire family self-sufficiency coordinators. These coordinators in turn link adults in the HCV program with welfare agencies, schools, businesses and other local partners to develop the skills and experience to enable them
to obtain jobs that pay a living wage. The local organizations typically provide participating individuals job training, childcare, counseling, transportation, job placement and 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.

HUD's Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) Program is a long-standing resource for increasing economic security and self-sufficiency among participants. HUD issued a new report earlier this year that evaluated the effectiveness of the FSS Program. Conducted from 2005 to 2009, the study shows the financial benefits are substantial for participants who complete the program. This study is the second of a three-part series by HUD that evaluate the effects of the FSS program. The first study found individuals who participated in the FSS program fared better financially than those
who did not enroll in the program. HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) will launch the third and final installment to complete the series this year.

The Texas grantees are:

Anthony Housing Authority Inc $37,988
Brazos Valley Council of Governments $552,000
City of Amarillo $36,009
City of Garland Housing Agency $51,368
City of Longview, Texas $24,507
City of Tyler Housing Agency $49,564
Dallas, County of $64,000
Deep East Texas Council of Governments $71,714
Housing Authority of Bexar County $50,000
Housing Authority of Austin $138,975
Housing Authority of City of Fort Worth $269,856
Housing Authority of City of Galveston $59,151
Housing Authority of the City of Abilene $48,320
Housing Authority of the City of Arlington, TX $162,702
Housing Authority of the City of Beaumont $41,080
Housing Authority of the City of El Paso $52,710
Housing Authority of the City of Kingsville $54,823
Housing Authority of the City of Lubbock $39,390
Housing Authority of the City of Mission $69,000
Housing Authority of the City of Pharr $37,501
Housing Authority of the City of San Angelo $49,000
Housing Authority of the City of San Antonio $394,401
Housing Authority of the City of Waco $86,320
Housing Authority of the County of Hidalgo $37,462
Houston Housing Authority $274,764
Midland County Housing Authority $42,466
Montgomery County Housing Authority $43,122
Robstown Housing Authority $15,600
Round Rock Housing Authority $69,000
San Marcos Housing Authority $25,630
Tarrant County Housing Assistance Office $194,951
Texoma Council of Governments $65,862
Walker County Housing Authority $45,450
Total $3,254,686


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