|HUD No. 20-014
March 5, 2020
HUD AWARDS OVER $200 THOUSAND TO THE KEARNEY HOUSING AUTHORITY TO PROMOTE EMPLOYMENT AND SELF-SUFFICIENCY
FOR PUBLIC HOUSING RESIDENTS
OMAHA, NE - On behalf of Secretary Ben Carson, HUD Great Plains Regional Administrator Jason Mohr, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Omaha Field Office Director Earl Redrick, today, awarded $202,500 to the Kearney Housing Authority to hire or retain service coordinators who help connect all public housing residents with employment training, financial literacy services, educational opportunities, and health and wellness programs. In total, HUD awarded $36 million to public housing agencies, non-profit organizations, resident associations, and tribal grantees across the nation. Watch Secretary Carson’s announcement video here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U28shiLSNWY&feature=youtu.be).
“Connecting families with the resources they need to invest in themselves gives them the opportunity to become self-sufficient,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “HUD is proud to give our local partners the resources they need to help their residents reach the next level.”
“These grants not only help public housing residents achieve self-sufficiency, they also enable elderly residents and those with disabilities to continue to live independently,” said Regional Administrator Jason Mohr.
These grants are awarded through HUD’s Resident Opportunities and Self-Sufficiency - Service Coordinators program (ROSS-SC), which supports local, innovative strategies that link housing assistance with public and private resources to enable participating families to increase their earned income; reduce or eliminate the need for welfare assistance; and make progress toward achieving economic independence and housing self-sufficiency. Through needs assessments, case management, and referrals to community and web-based services, Service Coordinators help each participant advance towards these goals in ways that best fit their needs, personal priorities, and interests.
More than $10 million of the funding announced today is being awarded to grantees located in Opportunity Zones. Created under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Opportunity Zones aim to stimulate long-term investments in low-income communities. See list of grant funding for Nebraska below.
|Nebraska||Kearney Housing Authority||Kearney||202,500|
|Housing Authority of the City of Omaha||Omaha||717,750|
|Housing Authority of the County of Scottsbluff||Gering||239,250|