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HUD R3 No. 14-01
Niki Edwards
(215) 430-6622
www.hud.gov/maryland

FOR RELEASE
Friday
January 10, 2014

HUD AWARDS MORE THAN $590,000 TO MARYLAND PUBLIC HOUSING AUTHORITIES TO PROMOTE FAMILY SELF-SUFFICIENCY

PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded today $590,245 in grants to help public housing residents in Maryland gain access to education, job training and employment. HUD's Public Housing Family Self-Sufficiency Program (PH-FSS) enables public housing authorities across the country to hire or retain more than 300 program coordinators to connect families with supportive services that will assist them in becoming gainfully employed.  

Hagerstown Housing Authority
$100,125
Havre de Grace Housing Authority
$69,000
Housing Authority of Baltimore City
$69,000
Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis
$69,000
Housing Authority of the City of Frederick
$53,045
Housing Commission of Anne Arundel County
$69,000
Housing Opportunities Commission
$138,000
Rockville Housing Enterprises
$23,075
State Total
$590,245

Nationally, nearly $16.3 million in grants have been awarded today. HUD recently awarded an additional $1,352,010 to public housing authorities in Maryland through its Housing Choice Voucher Family Self-Sufficiency Program (HCV-FSS).

"Job training and employment opportunities are important steps in helping individuals become economically independent," said Jane C.W. Vincent, Regional Administrator of HUD's Mid-Atlantic region.

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 childcare, counseling, transportation, computer and financial literacy services. These programs encourage innovative strategies that link public housing and voucher assistance with other resources to enable participating families to find employment; increase earned income; reduce or eliminate the need for rental and/or welfare assistance; and make 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 its increased income is deposited into an interest-bearing escrow account. If the family successfully completes its FSS contract, the family receives the escrow funds, which can be used for any purpose—including paying educational expenses, starting a business or paying debts.

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