|HUD No. 00-120|
|Further Information:||For Release|
|In the Washington, DC area: 202/708-0685||Monday|
|Or contact your local HUD office||June 5, 2000|
CUOMO AWARDS $24.5 MILLION IN GRANTS TO HELP PUBLIC HOUSING RESIDENTS GET JOBS AND BECOME SELF-SUPPORTING
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WASHINGTON Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo today awarded $24.5 million in grants to help public housing residents across the country get jobs and become self-supporting. "Job training and other services will help public housing residents transform their lives," Cuomo said. "With jobs, families can escape poverty and dependence, and unlock the door to self-sufficiency and brighter futures." The grants announced today will go to public housing residents in 42 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico in these amounts: Alabama -- $225,000; Arizona -- $350,000; Arkansas -- $75,000; California -- $1,532,125; Colorado -- $325,000; Connecticut -- $565,000; District of Columbia -- $835,000; Florida -- $946,450; Georgia -- $1,599,414; Illinois -- $1,103,200; Indiana -- $526,940; Kansas -- $150,000; Kentucky -- $1,206,015; Louisiana -- $375,000; Maryland -- $725,000; Massachusetts -- $782,125; Michigan -- $377,125; Minnesota -- $492,125; Mississippi -- $150,000; Missouri -- $150,000; Montana -- $75,000; Nebraska -- $75,000; Nevada -- $250,000; New Hampshire -- $175,000; New Jersey -- $1,073,496; New Mexico -- $393,372; New York -- $1,334,098; North Carolina -- $577,125; North Dakota -- $99,900; Ohio -- $500,000; Oklahoma -- $500,000; Oregon -- $325,000; Pennsylvania -- $1,419,250; Puerto Rico -- $150,000; Rhode Island -- $259,042; South Carolina -- $175,000; South Dakota -- $150,000; Tennessee -- $427,125; Texas -- $1,199,757; Utah -- $75,000; Virginia -- $999,971; Washington -- $907,185; West Virginia -- $274,999; Wisconsin -- $475,000; Wyoming -- $127,125.
The grants are awarded under the Resident Opportunities and Self-Sufficiency Program under the following funding categories:
$20.6 million to public housing authorities, Tribally Designated Housing Entities, and public and non-profit organizations to provide job training, placement and other supportive services. Services include the creation of employment centers equipped with computers and resources for job searching activities. The grants will also be used to train residents on how to start their own businesses, and will help create credit unions near public housing that will enable residents to maintain checking and savings accounts and obtain loans.
$2.3 million to 23 public housing resident organizations or Tribal resident organizations under the Resident Management and Business Development category. The grants will help public housing residents get jobs by funding activities including: job training and placement, small business development, general equivalency diploma and literacy training programs, and increased resident involvement in housing developments. The program encourages the creation of businesses owned by and employing public housing residents. The resident businesses can create jobs for public housing residents to perform maintenance, management, and financial services for the local housing authority.
$1.3 million will to 12 public housing resident organizations or Tribal resident organizations under the Capacity Building category. These grants will help train board members in community organization, board development and leadership skills.
$240,000 to a pubic housing resident organization under the Conflict Resolution category. This grant will help address conflicts related to gang violence in public housing developments and provide training to address racial, ethnic and other diversity issues. This funding will also create youth workshops.