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HUD No. 12-033
Donna White
202-708-0685

FOR RELEASE
Thursday
February 16, 2012

HUD MAKES $95 MILLION IN GRANTS AVAILABLE TO HELP
LOW-INCOME FAMILIES RECEIVE JOB TRAINING, GAIN EMPLOYMENT

Two programs aimed at leading families to economic and living independence

WASHINGTON–The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development makes $95 million available today through two grant programs that help residents who receive HUD rental assistance get the necessary education and job training to gain employment and increase their income. One of the grant programs also helps senior citizens connect with supportive services to allow them to stay in their home.

“These programs help low-income families move to economic independence by linking them with community service providers who offer educational and job training opportunities,” said HUD Assistant Secretary Sandra Henriquez. “Ultimately, these grants will make it possible for public housing residents achieve their personal and career goals.”

HUD Notices of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Housing Choice Voucher Family Self-Sufficiency Program (HCV-FSS) and the Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency Program-Service Coordinator (ROSS-SC) can be accessed today at Grants.gov.

Public housing agencies are eligible for approximately $60 million in HCV-FSS funding. Public housing authorities, nonprofit agencies, public housing resident associations and tribes/tribally designated housing entities (TDHEs) are eligible for $35 million in ROSS-SC funding.

Both programs allow housing authorities or other recipient entities to hire or retain program or service coordinators to link adult public housing residents or Housing Choice Voucher participants with local organizations which provide education, job training, childcare, counseling, transportation, job placement programs and/or computer and financial literacy services to residents thereby helping them achieve economic self-sufficiency. For the elderly or disabled, the ROSS-SC program provides funding to hire a service coordinator who arranges supportive services that allow residents to maintain their independent lifestyle.

The application deadline for ROSS-SC grant program is March 27, 2012. The application deadline for the HCV-FSS program is April 24, 2012.

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