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HUD No. 07-WA-17
Martha Dilts
(206) 220-5101 or (877) 741-3281
www.hud.gov/news/index.cfm
For Release
Thursday
December 13, 2007

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HUD AWARDS NEARLY $60 MILLION TO HELP INDIVIDUALS FIND JOBS
Region X public housing authorities receive over $4 million to help make families employable and self-sufficient

SEATTLE - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded $59.1 million to hundreds of public housing authorities (PHAs) across the nation to help low-income individuals get job training and employment placement. Region X (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington) PHAs received $4.2 million to assist families in the northwest.

"Thousands of people will get the assistance they need to help them find jobs that will get them on their road to financial independence," said HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson who announced the funding. "Some families have become homeowners or debt-free as a result of this program, thanks to their commitment and determination to thrive."

The funding is provided through HUD's Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program, which encourages communities to develop local strategies to help families who live in public housing or participate in HUD's Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program obtain employment that will lead to economic independence and self-sufficiency. PHAs work with welfare agencies, schools, businesses, and other local partners to develop a comprehensive program that gives participating FSS family members the skills and experience to enable them to obtain employment.

The funding is distributed to PHAs, which allows them to hire or retain FSS coordinators on staff to assist adult residents to find employment. The coordinators link participants to resources in the community that can help with their job search, such as job training opportunities, employment placement programs or local employers. The coordinators also help individuals locate childcare, counseling services, and transportation, which are often times impediments to employment.

"Public housing authorities (PHAs) in Region X are to be commended for their dedication to the Family Self-Sufficiency Program," said John Meyers, HUD Regional Director of Region X. "Because of the PHAs commitment to this Program, hundreds of families throughout the northwest have become financially independent."

Participants, some of whom are on welfare, sign a contract that stipulates the head of the household will find suitable employment and the family will be off of welfare assistance within five years. Because public housing and voucher rents are tied to income, when income rises, rent rises. With the FSS program, the rent increase is paid to the PHA, but goes into an interest-bearing escrow account. If the participant successfully graduates from the program, he or she can use the escrow account for a variety of goals, including down payment on a home, starting a business, paying back debts or paying educational expenses.

2007 PUBLIC HOUSING FAMILY SELF-SUFFICIENCY AWARDS

State

Amount

Idaho

$40,177

Oregon

$406,614

Washington

$156,379

Total

$603,170

 

Idaho

Nampa Housing Authority

$40,177

Oregon

Umatilla Reservation Housing Authority

$65,000

Housing Authority of Portland

$196,080

Housing Authority & Community Services Agency of Lane County

$65,500

Housing Authority and Urban Renewal Agency of Polk County

$14,534

Housing Authority of the City of Salem

$65,500

State Total

$406,614

Washington

Seattle Housing Authority

$57,230

Housing Authority of the City of Bremerton

$44,549

Housing Authority of the City of Tacoma

$54,600

State Total

$156,379

2007 HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER FAMILY SELF-SUFFICIENCY AWARDS

State

Amount

Alaska

$64,266

Idaho

$575,620

Oregon

$1,606,382

Washington

$1,393,176

Total

$3,639,444

Alaska

Alaska Housing Finance Corporation

$64,266

State Total

$64,266

Idaho

Boise City Housing Authority

$110,604

Southwestern Idaho Cooperative Housing Authority

$132,654

Ada County Housing Authority

$110,602

Idaho Housing and Finance Association

$221,760

State Total  

$575,620

Oregon

Housing Authority of Clackamas County

$64,245

Housing Authority of Portland (HAP)

$246,640

Housing Authority of Douglas County

$53,555

Housing Authority of Lincoln County

$35,307

Housing Authority & Community Services Agency of Lane County

$104,577

Housing Authority and Urban Renewal Agency of Polk County

$33,058

Housing Authority of the City of Salem

$192,390

Marion County Housing Authority

$53,000

Housing Authority of Jackson County

$91,586

Housing Authority of Yamhill County

$164,467

Linn-Benton Housing Authority

$117,128

Housing Authority of Washington County

$100,096

Mid Columbia Housing Authority

$81,376

Housing Authority of Malheur County

$22,923

Northwest Oregon Housing Authority

$32,532

Northeast Oregon Housing Authority

$82,502

Central Oregon Regional Housing Authority

$131,000

State Total   

$1,606,382

Washington

Seattle Housing Authority

$295,119

King County Housing Authority

$128,532

Housing Authority of the City of Bremerton

$42,409

Housing Authority of the County of Clallam

$91,400

Housing Authority of the City of Tacoma

$64,266

Housing Authority of the City of Everett

$137,160

City of Longview Housing Authority

$78,282

Housing Authority City of Kelso

$22,844

Housing Authority of Island County

$46,847

Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Authority

$98,424

Housing Authority of Snohomish County

$19,127

Housing Authority of Thurston County

$128,532

Pierce County Housing Authority - FSS/Homeownership

$128,532

Housing Authority of Chelan County and the City of Wenatchee

$31,532

Housing Authority of the City of Richland Washington

$42,709

Housing Authority of Jefferson County

$37,461

State Total  

$1,393,176

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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 and 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.

 
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