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HUD No. 06-153
Donna White
(202) 708-0685
For Release
Wednesday
December 20, 2006

HUD ANNOUNCES NEARLY $10 MILLION IN FUNDING TO BRING JOBS, ECONOMIC INDEPENDENCE TO PUBLIC HOUSING RESIDENTS

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $9,675,050 in grants today to public housing authorities across the U.S. The housing agencies use this funding to hire service coordinators who connect public housing residents with resources in the community to lead them to economic independence.

"An old Chinese proverb tells us it is better to teach one how to fish than to give one a fish, for the one who is taught will eat for a lifetime, not only a day," said HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson, who announced the funding today. "These grants are true to the proverb because they allow local housing agencies help low-income families thrive for a lifetime by leading them to employment that moves them to self-sufficiency, even homeownership."

The monies awarded are from HUD's Public Housing Family Self-Sufficiency (PH FSS) program, which awards grants to public housing authorities (PHAs) to hire service coordinators to link residents with supportive services that help them find education and job training.

PH FSS funding allows PHAs to hire program coordinators who work directly with residents to guide them to education and training opportunities, job placement organizations and local employers. Residents sign a contract to participate, which outlines their responsibilities towards completion of training and employment objectives up to a five-year period. For each participating family that is a recipient of welfare assistance, the PHA must establish an interim goal that the participating family be independent from welfare assistance prior to the expiration of the contract. During the period of participation, 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 making a down payment toward home purchase.

A 2005 HUD study showed low-income families who participated in a similar HUD family self-sufficiency program saw their incomes increase at a higher rate than non-participants.

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, and enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet and espanol.hud.gov.

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Recipients listed by state and by housing authority.

State

Amount

State

Amount

Alabama

$244,452

Mississippi

$132,856

Arizona

$146,500

Missouri

$111,755

Arkansas

$39,500

Nebraska

$148,838

California

$771,491

Nevada

$121,888

Colorado

$405,456

New Hampshire

$45,535

Connecticut

$237,531

New Jersey

$73,963

Delaware

$36,515

New Mexico

$262,012

Florida

$483,993

New York

$286,777

Georgia

$121,595

North Carolina

$711,044

Hawaii

$45,011

Ohio

$395,018

Idaho

$39,007

Oklahoma

$103,034

Illinois

$226,604

Oregon

$436,163

Indiana

$279,775

Pennsylvania

$258,644

Iowa

$90,465

Rhode Island

$65,000

Kansas

$115,588

South Carolina

$174,464

Kentucky

$107,862

Tennessee

$313,765

Louisiana

$42,000

Texas

$650,940

Maine

$79,820

Utah

$110,880

Maryland

$465,277

Virginia

$604,093

Massachusetts

$150,849

Washington

$152,444

Michigan

$153,486

West Virginia

$123,417

Minnesota

$77,345

Wyoming

$32,398

 
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