|Carrie S. Schmidt
September 22, 2011
HUD AWARDS $1.2 MILLION TO HELP LOW-INCOME FAMILIES RECEIVE JOB TRAINING, EMPLOYMENT IN VIRGINIA
RICHMOND - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded $1,184,407 to help public housing agencies across Virginia to retain or hire service coordinators to work directly with families who participate in HUD's Housing Choice Voucher program. The coordinators will assist these voucher recipients to find employment resources and job training opportunities to put them on a path toward self-sufficiency.
"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 authorities 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 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 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.
HCV FAMILY SELF-SUFFICIENCY 2011 FUNDING FOR VIRGINIA
|Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority||$69,000|
|Chesapeake Redevelopment & Housing Authority||$100,819|
|City of Roanoke Redevelopment & Housing Authority||$51,462|
|City of Virginia Beach||$48,435|
|County of Loudoun||$67,326|
|Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority||$69,000|
|Franklin Redevelopment and Housing Authority||$34,300|
|Hampton Redevelopment & Housing Authority||$50,813|
|Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority||$24,019|
|James City County Office of Housing & Community Development||$23,990|
|Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority||$99,658|
|Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority||$194,175|
|Portsmouth Redevelopment & Housing Authority||$85,592|
|Prince William County OHCD||$95,939|
|Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority||$66,791|
|Suffolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority||$64,057|
|Waynesboro Redevelopment and Housing Authority||$39,031|