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HUD No. 14-49
Agatha Gutierrez
(913) 551-6803
www.hud.gov/Missouri
FOR RELEASE
Tuesday
December 31, 2013

HUD AWARDS $1,230,782 TO PUBLIC HOUSING AUTHORITIES IN MISSOURI
TO PROMOTE FAMILY SELF-SUFFICIENCY
Funding helps gain critical employment/life skills to compete for decent jobs

KANSAS CITY, KS – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded $1,230,782 in grants to help residents receiving housing assistance in Missouri through the Housing Choice Voucher Program to gain access to education, job training, and employment. HUD's Housing Choice Voucher Family Self-Sufficiency Program (HCV-FSS) helps public housing authorities across the country to hire or retain more than one thousand service coordinators who will work directly with families to connect them to the supportive services that meet their individual needs and to become gainfully employed.

MISSOURI

Applicant Name

 Positions

 Amount Funded
(Prorated)

St. Louis Housing Authority

1

$60,447

Housing Authority of Kansas City, Missouri

6

$300,873

Housing Authority of St. Louis County

2

$117,577

Housing Authority of Saint Charles

1

$49,428

Housing Authority of the City of Columbia Missouri

1

$50,514

Housing Authority of the City of Jefferson

1

$67,839

Housing Authority of the City of Springfield, Missouri

1

$26,374

St. Clair County PHA

4

$167,128

North East Community Action Corporation

2

$74,257

St. Francois County Public Housing Agency

1

$30,999

Franklin County Public Housing Agency

2

$85,379

Phelps County Public Housing Agency

2

$53,025

Housing Authority of the City of Liberty, MO

1

$43,894

Ripley County Public Housing Agency

1

$33,637

Economic Security Corporation of Southwest Area

1

$27,307

St. Charles County Government

1

$42,104

State Total

28

$1,230,782

"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."

"Funding through the Family Self-Sufficiency Program ensures the continuity of services for individuals and families to obtain skills necessary to achieve self-sufficiency," added Region VII Regional Administrator, Jennifer Tidwell.

The service coordinators retained or hired through these 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. This program encourages innovative strategies that link ousing Choice 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 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 use for any purpose, including paying educational expenses, starting a business or paying debts.

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