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December 31, 2013
HUD AWARDS $3.8 MILLION TO 34 ALASKA, IDAHO, OREGON & WASHINGTON HOUSING AUTHORITIES TO HELP FAMILIES WITH VOUCHERS FIND GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT
SEATTLE - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded $3,783,052 in HUD Housing Choice Voucher/Family Self Sufficiency (HCV-FSS) funds to 34 Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington state housing authorities for 66 staff to help families receiving Housing Choice Voucher rent subsidies obtain job training and gainful employment.
Today's awards were a part of $57 million awarded under the program to help housing authorities across the county to hire or retain HCV/FSS service coordinators who will work directly with families to connect them to the supportive services that meet their individual needs and to become gainfully employed.
"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."
Today's award recipients in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington include:
|ALASKA||Alaska Housing Finance Corporation||3||$195,300|
|State Fund Total||3||$195,300|
|IDAHO||Southwestern Idaho Cooperative Housing Authority||2||$87,615|
|Ada County Housing Authority||2||$109,828|
|Boise City Housing Authority||2||$109,830|
|State Fund Total||6||$307,273|
|OREGON||Housing Authority of Clackamas County||2||$97,615|
|Housing And Community Services Agency of Lane County||2||$135,678|
|Housing Authority & Urban Renewal Agency of Polk County||1||$66,193|
|Housing Authority of the City of Salem||3||$194,878|
|Marion County Housing Authority||1||$57,584|
|Housing Authority of Jackson County||2||$125,380|
|Housing Authority of Yamhill County||4||$258,206|
|Linn-Benton Housing Authority||2||$135,049|
|Housing Authority of Washington County||1||$50,695|
|Mid-Columbia Housing Authoirty||1||$53,091|
|Northwest Oregon Housing Authority||1||$44,672|
|Northeast Oregon Housing Authority||2||$83,570|
|Central Oregon Regional Housing Authority||2||$132,388|
|State Fund Total||29||$1,743,416|
|WASHINGTON||Seattle Housing Authority||5||$339,195|
|King County Housing Authority||4||$256.434|
|Housing Authority of the City of Bremerton||1||$65,594|
|Peninsula Housing Authority||2||$92,585|
|Housing Authority of the City of Tacoma||2||$135,678|
|HA of the City of Longview||2||$79,298|
|Housing Authority of the City of Vancouver||2||$126,281|
|Columbia Gorge Housing Authority||1||$53,091|
|Housing Authority City of Kelso||1||$18,450|
|Housing Authority of the City of Pasco and Franklin County||1||$49,316|
|Housing Authority of Island County||1||$47,455|
|Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Authority||1||$25,323|
|Housing Authority of the City of Yakima||1||$54,075|
|Housing Authority of Thurston County||2||$130,200|
|Housing Authority of Skagit County||1||$48,176|
|Housing Authority of Chelan County & the City of Wenatchee||1||$15,812|
|State Fund Total||28||$1,537,063|
The service coordinators retained or hired through these 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. This program encourages innovative strategies that link Housing Choice Voucher assistance with other resources to enable participating families to find employment; increase earned income; reduce or eliminate the need for rental and/or welfare assistance; and make 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 use for any purpose, including paying educational expenses, starting a business or paying debts.
HUD's mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov and espanol.hud.gov. You can also follow HUD on Twitter at @HUDnews or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HUD, or sign up for news alerts on HUD's News Listserv.