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December 31, 2013

HUD AWARDS $3.8 MILLION TO 34 ALASKA, IDAHO, OREGON & WASHINGTON HOUSING AUTHORITIES TO HELP FAMILIES WITH VOUCHERS FIND GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT

SEATTLE - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded $3,783,052 in HUD Housing Choice Voucher/Family Self Sufficiency (HCV-FSS) funds to 34 Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington state housing authorities for 66 staff to help families receiving Housing Choice Voucher rent subsidies obtain job training and gainful employment.

Today's awards were a part of $57 million awarded under the program to help housing authorities across the county to hire or retain HCV/FSS 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.

"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."

Today's award recipients in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington include:

State Housing Authority HCV/FSS
Positions
Funding
ALASKA Alaska Housing Finance Corporation 3 $195,300
  State Fund Total 3 $195,300
IDAHO Southwestern Idaho Cooperative Housing Authority 2 $87,615
  Ada County Housing Authority 2 $109,828
  Boise City Housing Authority 2 $109,830
  State Fund Total 6 $307,273
OREGON Housing Authority of Clackamas County 2 $97,615
  Home Forward 5 $308,417
  Housing And Community Services Agency of Lane County 2 $135,678
  Housing Authority & Urban Renewal Agency of Polk County 1 $66,193
  Housing Authority of the City of Salem 3 $194,878
  Marion County Housing Authority 1 $57,584
  Housing Authority of Jackson County 2 $125,380
  Housing Authority of Yamhill County 4 $258,206
  Linn-Benton Housing Authority 2 $135,049
  Housing Authority of Washington County 1 $50,695
  Mid-Columbia Housing Authoirty 1 $53,091
  Northwest Oregon Housing Authority 1 $44,672
  Northeast Oregon Housing Authority 2 $83,570
  Central Oregon Regional Housing Authority 2 $132,388
  State Fund Total 29 $1,743,416
WASHINGTON Seattle Housing Authority 5 $339,195
  King County Housing Authority 4 $256.434
  Housing Authority of the City of Bremerton 1 $65,594
  Peninsula Housing Authority 2 $92,585
  Housing Authority of the City of Tacoma 2 $135,678
  HA of the City of Longview 2 $79,298
  Housing Authority of the City of Vancouver 2 $126,281
  Columbia Gorge Housing Authority 1 $53,091
  Housing Authority City of Kelso 1 $18,450
  Housing Authority of the City of Pasco and Franklin County 1 $49,316
  Housing Authority of Island County 1 $47,455
  Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Authority 1 $25,323
  Housing Authority of the City of Yakima 1 $54,075
  Housing Authority of Thurston County 2 $130,200
  Housing Authority of Skagit County 1 $48,176
  Housing Authority of Chelan County & the City of Wenatchee 1 $15,812
  State Fund Total 28 $1,537,063

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 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.

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