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Lee Jones
(804) 771-2100 ext. 3743
For Release
October 18, 2006

$1.3 million awarded to Virginia housing organizations to promote homeownership, job training and self-sufficiency of public housing residents

RICHMOND, VA - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Deputy Secretary Roy A. Bernardi announced today that
public housing agencies in 48 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico will receive $47,494,003 in funding to help low-income people get job training, employment and homeownership counseling.

A total of $1,305,717 in Housing Choice Voucher Family Self Sufficiency grants were awarded to Virginia
organizations, including housing authorities in Alexandria, Chesapeake, Danville, Hampton, Harrisonburg, Newport News, Norfolk, Petersburg, Portsmouth, Richmond, Roanoke, Suffolk and Waynesboro, the City of Virginia Beach, Waynesboro and Fairfax, James City, Loudoun and Prince William counties and the Virginia Housing Development Authority.

"This funding will give more low-income adults the opportunity to get job-training that will lead to meaningful employment," said Deputy Secretary Bernardi at a West Virginia press conference announcing the grants. "Studies have shown that this funding has been effective and successful at moving low-income families up the economic ladder."

HUD's Housing Choice Voucher Family Self-Sufficiency (HCV/FSS) program that provides grants to public housing agencies (PHAs) to hire FSS program coordinators. FSS coordinators link adults in the HCV program (Section 8) to local organizations that provide job training, childcare, counseling, transportation and job placement. PHAs can also hire homeownership coordinators to help families get homeownership counseling.

Participants in the HCV/FSS program sign a contract that stipulates 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.

Virginia Organizations Awarded
2006 HUD Housing Choice Voucher Family Self Sufficiency Grants

Alexandria Redevelopment & Housing Authority $55,500
Chesapeake Redevelopment & Housing Authority $48,513
City of Virginia Beach $47,433
Loudoun County $63,630
Danville Redevelopment & Housing Authority $34,683
Fairfax County Redevelopment & Housing Authority $63,630
Hampton Redevelopment & Housing Authority $44,026
Harrisonburg Redevelopment & Housing Authority $23,083
James City County Office of Housing & Community Development $46,568
Newport News Redevelopment & Housing Authority $130,457
Norfolk Redevelopment & Housing Authority $101,234
Petersburg Redevelopment & Housing Authority $43,864
Portsmouth Redevelopment & Housing Authority $41,539
Prince William County Office of Housing $106,688
Richmond Redevelopment & Housing Authority $126,876
Roanoke Redevelopment & Housing Authority $49,455
Suffolk Redevelopment & Housing Authority $50,717
Virginia Housing Development Authority $190,312
Waynesboro Redevelopment & Housing Authority $37,509
Virginia State Total $1,305,717

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