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HUD No. 11-035
Donna White
(202) 708-0685
FOR RELEASE
Thursday
March 24, 2011

HUD AWARDS NEARLY $54 MILLION TO HELP LOW-INCOME FAMILIES
RECEIVE JOB TRAINING, EMPLOYMENT

WASHINGTON – U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced today that public housing agencies across the United States will receive nearly $54 million to link low-income families with the necessary education and job training to put them on the path to self-sufficiency.  See local funding here.  

Funded through HUD’sHousing 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 individuals already  participating in HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher Program increase their education or gain marketable skills that will enable them to obtain jobs that pay a living wage.

“This program is absolutely critical in today’s economy,” said Donovan. “The research demonstrates that this program works.  When families are given the tools they need to move beyond the voucher program, they do.  Ultimately, they become self-sufficient and more vouchers become available for other families, some who have been waiting for long periods to receive housing assistance. For America to win the future we need a trained and skilled workforce.”

The funding allows local housing authorities to hire coordinators (or caseworkers) to link adults in the Housing Choice Voucher program to local organizations that provide job training, childcare, counseling, transportation and job placement.

Participants in the HCV/FSS program sign a contract that requires the head of the household to 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 paying educational expenses, starting a business or paying back debts. 

The Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) Program is a long-standing resource for increasing economic security and self-sufficiency among HCV participants.  A new report just issued by HUD evaluated the effectiveness of the FSS Program. Conducted from 2005 to 2009, HUD’s study shows the financial benefits are substantial for participants who remain and complete the program. This study is the second of a three-part series by HUD that evaluate the effects of the FSS program. The first study in the seriesfound individuals who participated in the FSS program fared better financially than those who did not enroll in the program. HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) will launch the third and final installment to complete this series this year.

PD&R will also launch two additional studies this year about the FSS program. The first study will examine whether FSS participants who were still enrolled when the Prospective Study ended went on to graduate from the FSS program and whether they met their goals for financial self-sufficiency. The second will study the effectiveness of the FSS program nationally. This will be the first national study of the FSS program as part of HUD’s Transformation Initiative, which was created in 2010 to encourage more transparency and accountability within the agency.

HUD's mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov and espanol.hud.gov.

HCV FAMILY SELF-SUFFICIENCY 2010 FUNDING

State

Amount Funded

 

State

Amount Funded

ALASKA

$198,642

 

MONTANA

$205,703

ALABAMA

$807,785

 

NORTH CAROLINA

$1,529,115

ARKANSAS

$692,794

 

NORTH DAKOTA

$203,672

ARIZONA

$1,123,976

 

NEBRASKA

$241,760

CALIFORNIA

$6,521,260

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE

$348,028

COLORADO

$672,919

 

NEW JERSEY

$1,559,819

CONNECTICUT

$849,770

 

NEW MEXICO

$524,949

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

$276,000

 

NEVADA

$490,453

FLORIDA

$2,120,669

 

NEW YORK

$4,190,459

GEORGIA

$697,378

 

OHIO

$2,380,671

GUAM

$56,718

 

OKLAHOMA

$405,321

HAWAII

$582,953

 

OREGON

$1,650,322

IOWA

$1,043,954

 

PENNSYLVANIA

$1,524,228

IDAHO

$559,934

 

PUERTO RICO

$113,290

ILLINOIS

$1,928,398

 

RHODE ISLAND

$580,144

INDIANA

$913,571

 

SOUTH CAROLINA

$368,620

KANSAS

$351,994

 

SOUTH DAKOTA

$145,921

KENTUCKY

$1,331,782

 

TENNESSEE

$1,089,225

LOUISIANA

$270,357

 

TEXAS

$3,295,806

MASSACHUSETTS

$2,229,478

 

UTAH

$378,864

MARYLAND

$1,431,914

 

VIRGINIA

$1,090,741

MAINE

$93,462

 

VERMONT

$386,383

MICHIGAN

$1,844,754

 

WASHINGTON

$1,189,399

MINNESOTA

$423,241

 

WISCONSIN

$495,090

MISSOURI

$1,266,190

 

WEST VIRGINIA

$139,502

MISSISSIPPI

$712,798

 

WYOMING

$34,340

 

 

 

TOTAL

$53,564,516