HUD Grant Will Help Move Families Forward

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Kelly R. Williams

For Immediate Release
Release Date: 
Fri, 01/15/2010

Norfolk, VA (January 15, 2010) – The US Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority (NRHA) a $136,000 grant to help assisted-rental residents find jobs that lead them toward economic independence.

The grant, provided through HUD’s Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program, will enable NRHA to hire program coordinators who work directly with residents to connect them with local education and training opportunities; job placement organizations and local employers. The program encourages local innovative strategies that link assisted-rental housing assistance with public and private resources. This enables participating families to increase earned income; reduce or eliminate welfare assistance as well as make progress toward economic independence and housing self-sufficiency.

“Families who complete this program accomplish the milestones that improve an individual’s quality of life – a new job or professional certification,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, who announced the grants today. “Most importantly, these families get the courage and confidence to succeed.”

“In this economy, families who complete this program have an increased chance of improving their job prospects,” said HUD Richmond acting Field Office Director Charles Famuliner.

Participating assisted-rental residents sign a contract to participate, which outlines responsibilities towards completion of training and employment objectives over a five-year period. During their participation, residents may create an escrow account funded with their increasing income, which they may use in a variety of ways, including continuing their education or making major purchase.

A HUD study found low-income families who participated in this program saw their incomes increase at a higher rate than non-participants. According to the study, between 1996 and 2000, FSS participants experienced a 72 percent increase in their median income, from $6,936 to $11,960. Among non-FSS participants, the increase was half as large, at 36 percent.

About NRHA: 

Founded in 1940, NRHA is a national leader in community revitalization and fostering sustainable mixed-income communities. As the largest redevelopment and housing authority in Virginia, NRHA plays a key role in making Norfolk the city of choice to build, work, live and play.

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