HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 10-059
Donna White
(202) 708-0685
For Release
March 30, 2010


WASHINGTON - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced today that public housing agencies across the U.S., Guam and Puerto Rico will receive nearly $49.3 million to provide low-income people with the necessary job training to put them on a path toward self-sufficiency.

Funded through HUD's Housing Choice Voucher Family Self-Sufficiency Program (HCV/FSS), the grants allow public housing agencies (PHAs) to work with welfare agencies, schools, businesses, and other local partners to develop a comprehensive program to help participating individuals develop the skills and experience to enable them to obtain jobs that pay a living wage.

"In today's economy, this program is needed more than ever to help families obtain the skills that lead to jobs," said Donovan. "On the heels of President Obama signing the jobs bill that will boost job creation, I'm pleased HUD is providing this funding to local housing authorities that will keep caseworkers on the job to assist families in HUD's voucher program find employment."

Local housing authorities use the funding to hire family self-sufficiency coordinators to link adults in the Housing Choice Voucher program to local organizations that provide job training, childcare, counseling, transportation and job placement. These housing authorities can also hire coordinators to help families get homeownership counseling.

Participants in the HCV/FSS program sign a contract that requires the head of the household will get a job and the family will 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 completes its FSS contract, the family receives the escrow funds that it can use for any purpose, including a down payment on a home, paying educational expenses, starting a business or paying back debts.


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ALASKA $131,116 NORTH CAROLINA $1,628,128
ALABAMA $742,108 NORTH DAKOTA $201,235
ARKANSAS $765,627 NEBRASKA $308,688
ARIZONA $774,491 NEW HAMPSHIRE $323,414
CALIFORNIA $6,267,830 NEW JERSEY $1,600,629
COLORADO $615,254 NEW MEXICO $554,568
CONNECTICUT $648,316 NEVADA $417,280
FLORIDA $2,100,642 NEW YORK $2,531,924
GEORGIA $906,867 OHIO $2,520,197
GUAM $54,209 OKLAHOMA $433,952
HAWAII $574,348 OREGON $1,583,836
IOWA $930,884 PENNSYLVANIA $1,478,680
IDAHO $481,284 PUERTO RICO $128,063
ILLINOIS $1,458,605 RHODE ISLAND $769,434
INDIANA $1,255,382 SOUTH CAROLINA $404,027
KANSAS $393,733 SOUTH DAKOTA $144,478
KENTUCKY $1,202,165 TENNESSEE $875,531
LOUISIANA $337,553 TEXAS $2,469,020
MASSACHUSETTS $2,099,246 UTAH $541,955
MARYLAND $1,247,410 VIRGINIA $1,271,975
MAINE $347,189 VERMONT $336,993
MICHIGAN $1,097,981 WASHINGTON $1,121,025
MINNESOTA $655,885 WISCONSIN $368,744
MISSOURI $1,013,785 WEST VIRGINIA $277,049
MISSISSIPPI $740,197 WYOMING $34,000
MONTANA $173,963    
    Total $49,340,895


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