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HUD No. 06-138WI
Anne Scherrieb
(312) 353-6236, x-2666
www.hud.gov/news/index.cfm

For Release
Wednesday
October 18, 2006

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HUD AWARDS $47 MILLION IN GRANTS TO HELP FAMILIES ACROSS THE U.S. GET JOB-TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT
$378,209 will help Wisconsin families become employable and self-sufficient

CHICAGO - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced today that public housing agencies in 48 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico will receive $47,494,003 in funding to help low-income people get job training, employment and homeownership counseling.

"This funding will give more low-income adults the opportunity to get job-training that will lead to meaningful employment," said Deputy Secretary Roy A. Bernardi in making the national announcement.  "Studies have shown that this funding has been effective and successful at moving low-income families up the economic ladder."

The funding is from the HUD's Housing Choice Voucher Family Self-Sufficiency (HCV/FSS) program that provides grants to public housing agencies (PHAs) to hire FSS program coordinators. FSS coordinators link adults in the HCV program (Section 8) to local organizations that provide job training, childcare, counseling, transportation and job placement. PHAs can also hire homeownership coordinators to help families get homeownership counseling.

Wisconsin recipients awarded $378,209 in today's funding include:

Appleton Housing Authority $37,970
Beloit Housing Authority $63,630
Brown County Housing Authority $126,950
Dunn County Housing Authority $35,936
Housing Authority of Racine County $63,608
Housing Authority of the City of Superior, Wisconsin $50,115

"Because of this funding, individuals who receive HUD voucher assistance will also get job training or educational development to find employment or get a better job," said Joseph P. Galvan, HUD Regional Director, Midwest (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin). "Gaining employment or increasing one's potential to obtain a higher paying job is the first step in economic independence that leads to a world full of opportunities, including homeownership.

Participants in the HCV/FSS program sign a contract that stipulates the head of the household will get a job and the family will 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 completes its FSS contract, the family receives the escrow funds that it can use for any purpose, including a down payment on a home, paying educational expenses, starting a business or paying back debts. 

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.

 

Housing Choice Voucher/Family Self Sufficiency

Recipients by State 2006

State Amount

State

Amount

Alabama

$497,005

Montana

$113,431

Alaska

$63,630

Nebraska

$177,664

Arizona

$938,503

Nevada

$449,482

Arkansas

$762,556

New Hampshire

$368,154

California

$5,144,058

New Jersey

$2,613,546

Colorado

$978,676

New Mexico

$530,729

Connecticut

$404,176

New York

$3,159,193

District of Columbia

$190,890

North Carolina

$1,423,482

Florida

$1,124,047

North Dakota

$226,602

Georgia

$1,022,502

Ohio

$2,504,305

Hawaii

$364,888

Oklahoma

$286,894

Idaho

$571,639

Oregon

$1,438,503

Illinois

$1,240,968

Pennsylvania

$1,644,334

Indiana

$1,048,794

Puerto Rico

$62,160

Iowa

$988,610

Rhode Island

$714,402

Kansas

$452,504

South Carolina

$456,486

Kentucky

$1,174,003

South Dakota

$140,235

Louisiana

$234,358

Tennessee

$966,304

Maine

$232,254

Texas

$2,187,150

Maryland

$1,373,976

Utah

$451,244

Massachusetts

$2,178,821

Vermont

$343,039

Michigan

$1,134,085

Virginia

$1,305,717

Minnesota

$645,213

Washington

$1,300,540

Mississippi

$386,992

West Virginia

$302,930

Missouri

$796,120

Wisconsin

$378,209

Total

 

 

 

$47,494,003

 
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