SEATTLE - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $250,000 to the Housing Authority of the City of Bremerton and $250,000 to Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Authority to provide public housing residents greater access to supportive services they need to become economically self-sufficient. The grants, awarded competitively, are from the Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) Program.
"These grants provide the tools public housing residents need on their way to self-sufficiency," said HUD Assistant Secretary Michael Liu. "Nothing compares to having access to services that encourage job-training that lead to employment."
Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) grants, totaling $15.6 million were awarded to 55 agencies nationwide. These are awarded to public housing authorities, resident organizations, or non-profit organizations acting on behalf of residents. The funding allows these organizations to hire program coordinators who link public housing residents with training opportunities, job placement organizations, and local employers - resources that lead to employment and self-sufficiency.
HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development as well as enforces the nation’s fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov and espanol.hud.gov.