|HUD No. 09-037
April 10, 2009
HUD AWARDS NEARLY $28 MILLION TO PUBLIC HOUSING AGENCIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO PROMOTE SELF-SUFFICIENCY
Funding to provide education, employment services, homeownership counseling
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded $27,960,860 million in grants to public housing agencies across the U.S. These agencies will use this funding to connect public housing residents with education, job training, employment services and homeownership counseling available in the local community to promote self-sufficiency.
"These grants help families on their way to economic independence," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. "Whether it's taking classes to get a better job or learning what it takes to become a homeowner, these grants help public housing residents achieve their personal and career goals."
The funding is provided through HUD's Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) - Service Coordinators program. These grants are awarded to public housing authorities (PHAs), resident organizations or non-profit organizations acting on behalf of residents to encourage and promote self-sufficiency among residents.
The ROSS program gives grantees the funding to hire a Service Coordinator to assess residents' needs and link them with local resources that provide job training and placement, education and training opportunities, computer training, financial literacy and homeownership counseling. The funding is also used to provide supportive services such as childcare, and transportation to help families take advantage of training and employment opportunities.
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