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HUD No. 10-004
Donna White
(202) 708-0685
FOR RELEASE
Tuesday
January 12, 2010
HUD AWARDS NEARLY $12 MILLION IN GRANTS TO HOUSING AUTHORITIES TO HELP PUBLIC HOUSING RESIDENTS OBTAIN JOBS, ECONOMIC INDEPENDENCE

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded $11,980,088 in grants to more than 200 public housing authorities across the U.S. to help public housing residents find jobs that lead them toward economic independence. For information on local funding amounts, visit HUD’s website.

The grants are provided through HUD’s Public and Indian Housing Family Self-Sufficiency Program, which enables public housing authorities (PHAs) to hire program coordinators who work directly with residents to connect them with local education and training opportunities; job placement organizations; and local employers. The purpose of the program is to encourage local innovative strategies that link public housing assistance with public and private resources to enable participating families to increase earned income; reduce or eliminate the need for welfare assistance; and make progress toward achieving economic independence and housing self-sufficiency.

“Families who complete this program accomplish the milestones that improve an individual’s quality of life – a new job or professional certification,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, who announced the grants today. “Most importantly, these families get the courage and confidence to succeed.”

Participating public housing residents sign a contract to participate, which outlines their responsibilities towards completion of training and employment objectives over a five-year period. For those families receiving 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 their participation, residents may create an escrow account funded with their increasing income, which they may use in a variety of ways, including continuing their education or making major purchase. A HUD study found low-income families who participated in this program saw their incomes increase at a higher rate than non-participants. According to the study, between 1996 and 2000, FSS participants experienced a 72 percent increase in their median income, from $6,936 to $11,960. Among non-FSS participants, the increase was half as large, at 36 percent.

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Public Housing Family Self-Sufficiency Awards by state:

State Funding Amount   State Funding Amount
Alabama $353,441   Montana $68,000
Arizona $245,550   Nebraska $139,623
Arkansas $81,676   Nevada $204,872
California $824,083   New Jersey $389,711
Colorado $439,100   New Mexico $325,403
Connecticut $250,015   New York $467,177
Florida $534,029   North Carolina $715,280
Georgia $379,102   Ohio $727,056
Idaho $42,529   Oklahoma $176,017
Illinois $361,199   Oregon $350,943
Indiana $282,080   Pennsylvania $279,161
Iowa $95,893   Rhode Island $68,000
Kansas $126,230   South Carolina $184,391
Kentucky $154,981   Tennessee $465,965
Louisiana $150,113   Texas $447,106
Maine $87,221   Utah $57,915
Maryland $446,843   Virginia $572,960
Massachusetts $364,501   Washington $249,355
Michigan $176,952   West Virginia $116,703
Minnesota $102,026   Wisconsin $67,980
Missouri $173,083   Wyoming $32,398
Mississippi $203,425