HUD awarded $3.4 million to assist public housing agencies offering job training and employment to low-income residents Monday, the department said in a press release.
The funding is part of $75 million in grants provided through the department’s Family Self-Sufficiency Program, HUD said.
The grants will be used to assist public housing agencies participating in HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher Program work with social service agencies, community colleges, businesses to help residents “further their education, find good jobs, and to set them on a path to self-sufficiency,” HUD said in a press release.
“Connecting folks to jobs is an important part of HUD’s mission as the Department of Opportunity,” HUD Secretary Julián Castro said in a statement. “By linking people to computer access, job training, childcare, and ultimately financial empowerment, these grants help people who are ready to compete and succeed in the workplace. HUD is proud to give them these tools for self-sufficiency.”
The grant funding offered by the FSS program allows public housing authorities to hire service coordinators who connect residents with existing programs and services, HUD said.
“These service coordinators build relationships with the network of local service providers so as to more effectively serve the residents,” the release read. “The program encourages innovative strategies that link public housing and Housing Choice Voucher assistance with other resources.
“This broad spectrum of services will enable participating families to find jobs, 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,” the release read.