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September 27, 2013

Authorities can hire or retain service coordinators "connecting" residents to economic opportunities

SEATTLE - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today competitively awarded $2,597,372 to 12 housing public and tribal authorities and resident associations in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington awarded over $836,000 in grants to promote self-sufficiency for public housing residents.

The funds, awarded under HUD's Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency - Service Coordinators Program (ROSS-SC), enable authorities to hire or retain service coordinators who help public housing residents find jobs and achieve economic and housing independence. The funding will also link the elderly and people with disabilities with supportive services that allow them to maintain independent living and age-in-place.

"These service coordinators will help thousands of public housing residents improve their quality of life by connecting them to jobs and opportunities that lead to self-sufficiency," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.

Today's awards to authorities in the Northwest was part of a national award of more than $28 million in grants being awarded nationwide to public housing authorities, resident associations, Indian tribes, and non-profit organizations to hire or retain service coordinators.

State Housing Authority Positions Funded Amount Funded
AK Tlingit Haida Regional Housing Authority 1 $246,000
ID Coeur d'Alene Tribal Housing Authority 1 $246,000
OR Housing & Community Services Agency of Lane County 1 $246,000
OR Warm Springs Housing Authority 1 $178,529
WA Housing Authority, City of Renton 1 $200,611
WA Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Authority 1 $231,799
WA Housing Authority of the City of Everett 1 $224,935
WA Yakama Nation Housing Authority 1 $205,310
WA Nooksack Indian Tribe 1 $246,000
WA Nisqually Indian Tribe 1 $158,950
WA Makah Tribal Council 1 $167,238
WA Skyline Crest Resident Leadership Group 1 $246,000
    TOTAL $2,597,372

HUD's ROSS-SC program enables public housing authorities, resident associations, non-profit organizations, Indian tribes or entities representing Indian tribes hire or retain "service coordinators" who work directly with residents to assess their needs and connect them with education, job training and placement programs, and/or computer and financial literacy services available in their community to promote self-sufficiency. For an elderly or disabled resident, the service coordinator arranges supportive services that allow them to maintain their independence. The grants awarded today cover the cost of salaries and administrative expenses for three years.

The purpose of HUD's ROSS-SC program is to encourage local, innovative strategies that link public housing assistance with public and private resources to enable participating families to increase earned income; reduce or eliminate the need for welfare assistance; and make progress toward achieving economic independence and housing self-sufficiency.


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