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HUD No. 11-113
Donna White
(202) 708-0685
FOR RELEASE
Thursday
June 09, 2011

 HUD AWARDS $31 MILLION TO PROMOTE JOBS, SELF-SUFFICIENCY
FOR PUBLIC HOUSING RESIDENTS

WASHINGTON –The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded   more than $31 million in grants to public housing authorities, resident associations and non-profit organizations across the U.S. to help public housing residents connect to services available in the community to find employment to increase their economic independence.  The funding will also link the elderly and people with disabilities with supportive services that allow them to maintain independent living and age-in-place.  Read more about local impact of HUD’s grant funding.

“We need to take a wider view of the needs of public housing residents beyond just housing if we’re to be true to the goal of promoting self sufficiency,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.  “The caseworkers that housing authorities can hire or keep on staff help thousands of public housing residents connect to opportunities to obtain jobs or increase their incomes that lead to self-sufficiency and improve quality of life.”

 HUD’sResident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) – Service Coordinators Programhelps public housing authorities (PHAs), resident associations or non-profit organizations hire or retain service coordinators who work directly with residents to assess their needs to connect them with education, job training and placement programs and/or computer and financial literacy services available in their community to promote self-sufficiency.  For an elderly or disabled resident, the service coordinator arranges supportive services that allow them to maintain their independent lifestyle.

The purpose of HUD’s ROSS – Service Coordinators 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. 

Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) – Service Coordinators Program Grants by state: 

 

State

Funding Amount

 

State

Funding Amount

ALASKA

$712,047

 

MISSISSIPPI

$240,000

ALABAMA

$240,000

 

MONTANA

$579,000

ARKANSAS

$116,001

 

NORTH CAROLINA

$240,000

ARIZONA

$1,200,000

 

NEBRASKA

$799,154

CALIFORNIA

$1,372,470

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE

$240,000

COLORADO

$442,317

 

NEW JERSEY

$2,345,491

CONNECTICUT

$240,000

 

NEW MEXICO

$240,000

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

$240,000

 

NEW YORK

$1,294,869

DELAWARE

$480,000

 

OHIO

$1,370,105

FLORIDA

$2,294,401

 

OREGON

$240,000

GEORGIA

$1,181,682

 

PENNSYLVANIA

$741,177

GUAM

$156,456

 

SOUTH CAROLINA

$240,000

IDAHO

$240,000

 

SOUTH DAKOTA

$240,000

ILLINOIS

$1,492,066

 

TENNESSEE

$1,200,000

INDIANA

$342,377

 

TEXAS

$750,635

KENTUCKY

$720,000

 

UTAH

$179,843

LOUISIANA

$720,000

 

VIRGINIA

$1,262,799

MASSACHUSETTS

$960,000

 

VIRGIN ISLANDS

$720,000

MARYLAND

$720,000

 

VERMONT

$235,197

MAINE

$563,661

 

WASHINGTON

$2,072,206

MICHIGAN

$672,137

 

WISCONSIN

$1,040,384

     

TOTAL:

$31,376,475

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