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HUD Region VI No. 13-94
Patricia Campbell/Scott Hudman
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September 28, 2013

 HUD AWARDS LOUISIANA $489,000 TO PROMOTE PUBLIC HOUSING RESIDENT SELF-SUFFICIENCY
Grant to help hire or retain service coordinators

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded two Louisiana organizations grants totaling $489,000 to promote self-sufficiency for public housing residents. Dillard University in New Orleans received $243,000, while the St. James Parish Housing Authority was awarded $246,000.

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. The coordinators help public housing residents find jobs and achieve economic and housing 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. 

HUD's Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency--Service Coordinators Program (ROSS-SC) helps public housing authorities, resident associations, nonprofit organizations, Indian tribes or entities representing Indian tribes hire or retain "service coordinators" who work directly with residents to assess their needs and 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 independence.

"These service coordinators will help thousands of public housing residents improve their quality of life by connecting them to jobs and opportunities that lead to self-sufficiency," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.

"The fact is that many of the people and families receiving rental assistance do work, although often with low wage jobs. They want nothing more than a better life for themselves and their children," added Regional Administrator Tammye Treviño. "The ROSS program is a unique resource dedicated to helping those families along that path."

The purpose of HUD's ROSS-SC 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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