|HUD Region VI No. 14-05
Patricia Campbell/Scott Hudman
(817) 978-5974/(713) 718-3107
January 10, 2014
HUD AWARDS SHREVEPORT AND ST. JAMES PARISH PUBLIC HOUSING AUTHORITIES IN LOUISIANA $127,000 TO PROMOTE PUBLIC HOUSING RESIDENT SELF-SUFFICIENCY
NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded the Shreveport and St. James Parish public housing agencies in Louisiana $127,440 to help public housing residents gain access to education, job training and employment. HUD’s Public Housing Family Self-Sufficiency Program (PH-FSS) helps public housing authorities across the country hire or retain more than 300 program coordinators who work directly with families to connect them to the supportive services they need, and to become gainfully employed. Nationally, $16.3 million in grants was awarded. Grant amounts follow:
Housing Authority of the City of Shreveport
St. James Parish Housing Authority
HUD recently awarded an additional $57 million to hundreds of public housing authorities, allowing them to hire or retain more than one thousand program coordinators to help families participating in the Department’s Housing Choice Voucher Program.
“This is a modest investment that can make a world of difference for families looking to find their path to self-sufficiency,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. “As America’s economy continues to recover, it’s critical that we work to make sure every American has the skills and resources they need to successfully compete for jobs in the 21st Century.”
The program coordinators retained or hired through HUD’s Family Self Sufficiency programs work directly with residents to connect them with local organizations that provide education and job training and placement opportunities, as well as childcare; counseling; transportation; and computer and financial literacy services available in their community. These programs assist participating families in finding employment; increasing income; reducing or eliminating the need for rental and/or welfare assistance; and in making progress toward achieving economic independence and housing self-sufficiency.
Participants sign a five-year contract that requires the head of the household to obtain employment and 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 successfully completes its FSS contract, the family receives the escrow funds that it can then use for any purpose, including paying educational expenses, starting a business or paying debts.
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 http://espanol.hud.gov. You can also follow HUD on twitter @HUDnews, on facebook at www.facebook.com/HUD, or sign up for news alerts on HUD’s Email List.