March 14, 2005
HUD PRESENTS $42,000 GRANT TO JEFFERSON PARISH HOUSING AUTHORITY
Grant encourages economic independence and self-sufficiency
NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded a $42,000 grant to the Jefferson Parish Housing Authority today. HUD Assistant Secretary Michael Liu presented the funding that will be used to help local public housing residents find employment.
"This funding will open the door for public housing residents in Jefferson County to better their lives through meaningful employment," said Liu, who presented the grant to the housing authority's Executive Director Jeff Trahan. "This HUD resource has helped numerous public housing residents climb the ladder to self sufficiency."
The Jefferson Parish Housing Authority received a Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) grant. The funding will allow the housing authority to hire a Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) coordinator who will link public housing residents with training opportunities, job placement organizations and local employers. A key feature of the FSS program is residents may earn an escrow credit based on increased earned income, which they may use in a variety of ways, including continuing their education or down payment toward purchasing a home.
The ROSS program grants are awarded to public housing authorities (PHAs), resident organizations or non-profit organizations acting on behalf of residents. These grants allow PHAs to hire staff for the specific purpose of counseling and directing public housing residents to services and resources within their community that leads to employment. Once employed, these residents become economically independent and self-sufficient. ROSS grants also provide support services to elderly and persons with disabilities who live in public housing.
HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; 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 as well as enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet and espanol.hud.gov.