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HUD Region VI No. 14-02
Patricia Campbell/Scott Hudman
(817) 978-5974/(713) 718-3107
Twitter: @HUDSouthwest
For Release
January 10, 2014

Austin, Beaumont, Bexar Co., Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Hidalgo Co., Houston, McAllen, Mission, Robstown, San Antonio, San Marcos, Waco, Wichita Falls Receive Grants

FORT WORTH - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) todayawarded 15 Texas public housing agencies $1,029,194 to help public housingresidents to gain access to education, job training and employment. HUD's PublicHousing Family Self-Sufficiency Program (PH-FSS) helps public housingauthorities across the country hire or retain more than 300 program coordinatorswho work directly with families to connect them to the supportive services theyneed and to become gainfully employed. Nationally, $16.3 million in grants wasawarded. A list of the Texas grantees and amounts follows.

HUD recently awarded an additional $57 million to hundreds of public housing authorities, allowing them to hire or retain more than one thousand program coordinators to help families participating in the Department's Housing Choice Voucher Program.

"This is a modest investment that can make a world of difference for families looking to find their path to self-sufficiency," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. "As America's economy continues to recover, it's critical that we work to make sure every American has the skills and resources they need to successfully compete for jobs in the 21st Century."

The program coordinators retained or hired through HUD's Family Self Sufficiency programs work directly with residents to connect them with local organizations that provide education and job training and placement opportunities, as well as childcare; counseling; transportation; and computer and financial literacy services available in their community. These programs assist participating families in finding employment; increasing income; reducing or eliminating the need for rental and/or welfare assistance; and in making progress toward achieving economic independence and housing self-sufficiency.

Participants sign a five-year contract that requires the head of the household to obtain employment and 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 successfully completes its FSS contract, the family receives the escrow funds that it can then use for any purpose, including paying educational expenses, starting a business or paying debts.

The Texas PH-FSS grantees and amounts:

Housing Authority of Austin


Housing Authority of Bexar County


Housing Authority of City of Fort Worth


Housing Authority of the City of Beaumont


Housing Authority of the City of El Paso


Housing Authority of the City of San Antonio


Housing Authority of the City of Waco


Housing Authority of the City of Wichita Falls


Housing Authority of the County of Hidalgo


Houston Housing Authority


McAllen Housing Authority


Mission Housing Authority


Robstown Housing Authority


San Marcos Housing Authority


The Housing Authority of the City of Dallas



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