HUD Archives: News Releases

Toni Schmiegelow
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April 14, 2009

Funding provides education, employment services and homeownership counseling to low-income families

APRIL 14TH, 2009 - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded $621,000 in grants to
3 public housing agencies in Virginia. These agencies will use this funding to connect public housing residents with education, job training, employment services and homeownership counseling available in the local community to promote self-sufficiency.

"These grants help families on their way to economic independence," said Bill Miles. "Whether it's taking classes to
get a better job or learning what it takes to become a homeowner, these grants help public housing residents
achieve their personal and career goals."

The following local public housing agencies are receiving funding:

Chesapeake Redevelopment and Housing Authority $240,000
Danville Redevelopment and Housing Authority $190,500
Pleasant View Tenant Association, Incorporated $190,500
State Subtotal:   $621,000

The funding, part of $27,960,860 awarded nationally today, is provided through HUD's Resident Opportunities and
Self Sufficiency (ROSS) � Service Coordinators
program. These grants are awarded to public housing authorities (PHAs), resident organizations or non-profit organizations acting on behalf of residents to encourage and promote self-sufficiency among residents.

The ROSS program gives grantees the funding to hire a Service Coordinator to assess residents' needs and link
them with local resources that provide job training and placement, education and training opportunities, computer training, financial literacy and homeownership counseling. The funding is also used to provide supportive services
such as childcare, and transportation to help families take advantage of training and employment opportunities.


HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to sustaining homeownership; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development and enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet and


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