HUD AWARDS MORE THAN $400,000 TO PROMOTE SELF-SUFFICIENCY FOR PUBLIC HOUSING RESIDENTS IN DELAWARE
Grant to help hire/retain service coordinators
PHILADELPHIA - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded today a $492,000 grant to the Wilmington Housing Authority to promote self-sufficiency for public housing residents in Delaware. This funding is part of more than $28 million in grants being awarded nationwide to public housing authorities, resident associations, Indian tribes and nonprofit organizations to hire or retain service coordinators to help public housing residents find jobs and achieve economic and housing independence.
"In these tough economic times, this grant will go a long way in helping the Wilmington Housing Authority connect its residents to jobs and opportunities that lead to self-sufficiency," said Jane C.W. Vincent, Regional Administrator of HUD's Mid-Atlantic region.
Service coordinators work directly with residents to assess their needs and connect them with education, job training and placement programs, as well as computer and financial literacy services available in their community. For an elderly or disabled resident, the service coordinator arranges supportive services that allow them to maintain their independence and age in place.
"I believe one of the best things you can do to help someone, is to help them find a job," said U.S. Sen.Tom Carper. "This grant will give greatly needed resources to the Wilmington Housing Authority to help those with training, employment and housing--a win-win for Delaware."
"We need to break down barriers for those looking for assistance," said U.S. Rep. John Carney, Jr. "This grant will help many Wilmington residents learn about job opportunities, educational programs, and financial literacy tools to help them become more productive and economically stable. I'm glad the Wilmington Housing Authority is taking the lead in making these opportunities better known to public housing residents, and I look forward to seeing the positive results."
This grant is funded through HUD's Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency--Service Coordinators (ROSS-SC) Program. 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.
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