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HUD No. 14-050
Agatha Gutierrez
(913) 551-6803
www.hud.gov/nebraska
FOR RELEASE
Tuesday
December 31, 2013

HUD AWARDS $333,352 TO PUBLIC HOUSING AUTHORITIES IN NEBRASKA
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 $333,352 in grants to help residents receiving housing assistance in Nebraska 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.

NEBRASKA

Applicant Name

 Positions

 Amount Funded
(Prorated)

Housing Authority of the City of Omaha

3

$139,497

Housing Authority of the City of Lincoln

1

$59,926

Kearney Housing Authority

1

$7,408

Douglas County Housing Authority

1

$50,643

Northeast Nebraska Joint HA

1

$40,070

Goldenrod Regional Housing Agency

1

$35,808

State Total

8

$333,352

"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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