HUD grants $769K for job training | News
Grants to 18 Arkansas public housing authorities are part of nearly $60 million HUD awarded nationwide
LITTLE ROCK – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded 18 Arkansas public housing authorities a total of $769,058 to retain or hire service coordinators to work directly with families who participate in HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher program, commonly known as Section 8. The coordinators will assist these voucher recipients to find employment resources and job training opportunities to put them on a path toward self-sufficiency. The list of grantees and amounts follows.
“In today’s economy, it’s never been more critical to help families obtain the skills that lead to jobs,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. “With HUD’s help, these housing agencies will be able to assist families in finding employment, increasing their earning potential and putting them on a path to self sufficiency.”
HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher Family Self-Sufficiency Program (HCV/FSS) supports public housing agencies (PHAs) to retain or hire family self-sufficiency coordinators. These coordinators in turn link adults in the HCV program with welfare agencies, schools, businesses and other local partners to develop the skills and experience to enable them to obtain jobs that pay a living wage. The local organizations typically provide participating individuals job training, childcare, counseling, transportation, job placement and homeownership counseling.
Participants in the HCV-FSS program sign a contract that requires 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’s Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) Program is a long-standing resource for increasing economic security and self-sufficiency among participants. HUD issued a new report earlier this year that evaluated the effectiveness of the FSS Program. Conducted from 2005 to 2009, the study shows the financial benefits are substantial for participants who complete the program. This study is the second of a three-part series by HUD that evaluate the effects of the FSS program. The first study found individuals who participated in the FSS program fared better financially than those who did not enroll in the program. HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) will launch the third and final installment to complete the series this year.
The Arkansas grantees are:
Conway County Housing Authority FSS
Fort Smith Housing Authority
Housing Authority of Lonoke County
Housing Authority of the City of Conway
Housing Authority of the City of Hope
Housing Authority of the City of Hot Springs
Housing Authority of the City of North Little Rock Arkansas
Housing Authority of the City of Pine Bluff
Housing Authority of the City of West Memphis
Jonesboro Urban Renewal and Housing Authority
Lee County Housing Authority
McGehee Public Residential Housing Facilities Board
Mississippi County Public Facilities Board
Northwest Regional Housing Authority
Pope County Public Facilities Board
Pulaski County Housing Agency
White River Regional Housing Authority
Wynne Housing Authority