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Reg. VI: 14-12
Patricia Campbell/Scott Hudman
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Tuesday
December 31, 2013

HUD AWARDS TEXAS HOUSING AUTHORITIES OVER $3.5 MILLION TO PROMOTE FAMILY SELF-SUFFICIENCY
Funding helps gain critical employment/life skills to compete for decent jobs

FORT WORTH - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded 32 Texas Housing Authorities a total of $3,581,481 in grants to help residents receiving housing assistance gain access to education, job training and employment opportunities. Nearly $57 million is being distributed nationally. 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. See grantee funding below.

"This is a modest investment that can make a world of difference for families looking to find their path to self-sufficiency," said HUD Regional Administrator Tammye Treviño. "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 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. Both programs encourage innovative strategies that link public housing and Housing 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.

TX Housing Authority of Austin 3 $136,637
TX Housing Authority of the City of El Paso, TX 1 $51,823
TX Housing Authority of the City of Fort Worth 4 $265,315
TX Houston Housing Authority 6 $270,141
TX Housing Authority of the City of San Antonio 9 $387,765
TX The Housing Authority of the City of Dallas, TX 9 $610,496
TX Housing Authority of the City of Waco 1 $45,214
TX Housing Authority of the City of Galveston 1 $29,078
TX Housing Authority of the City of Lubbock 1 $38,727
TX Housing Authority of the City of Beaumont 1 $40,389
TX McAllen Housing Authority 1 $22,121
TX Mission Housing Authority 1 $33,428
TX Housing Authority of the City of Pharr 1 $36,870
TX San Marcos Housing Authority 1 $50,397
TX Housing Authority of the City of Kingsville 1 $53,901
TX Robstown Housing Authority 1 $15,338
TX Housing Authority of the City of Abilene 1 $47,507
TX Tarrant County Housing Assistance Office 3 $190,815
TX Housing Authority of the City of Arlington 3 $159,964
TX City of Garland Housing Agency 1 $50,504
TX Anthony Housing Authority, Inc. 1 $37,349
TX City of Tyler Housing Agency 1 $48,730
TX City of Longview, Texas 1 $48,189
TX Walker County Housing Authority 1 $44,685
TX San Angelo Public Housing Authority 1 $39,327
TX City of Amarillo 1 $35,403
TX Housing Authority of the County of Hidalgo 1 $36,832
TX Brazos Valley Council of Governments 8 $542,712
TX Midland County Housing Authority 1 $41,751
TX Texoma Council of Governments 1 $64,754
TX Dallas, County of 1 $62,923
TX Montgomery County Housing Authority 1 $42,396
  State Total 69 grants $3,581,481

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