NRHA Receives Grant from HUD’s Family Self-Sufficiency Program

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Nealy Gihan
(757) 314-2009


For Immediate Release
Release Date: 
Wed, 01/08/2020


Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority (NRHA) was awarded $360,000 through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) Family Self-Sufficiency Program. This is the largest award amount granted in the state of Virginia.

Through the Family Self-Sufficiency Program, public housing agencies are able to collaborate with social service agencies, community colleges, businesses, and other local partners to help participants further their education, gain marketable skills, and otherwise increase their income potential through new employment or by advancing in their current workplace.

“Helping people find jobs that will put them on the path to self-sufficiency is at the core of HUD’s mission,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “HUD is committed to working with our local partners to connect families with the opportunities and support they need to succeed at every level.”

HUD’s Family Self-Sufficiency Program funding helps local public housing authorities to hire service coordinators who work directly with residents to connect them with existing programs and services in the local community. These service coordinators build relationships with networks of local service providers, who provide direct assistance to program participants. The broad spectrum of services made possible through the Family Self-Sufficiency Program enables participating families to find jobs, increase earned income, reduce or eliminate the need for rental and welfare assistance, and make progress toward achieving economic independence and housing self-sufficiency. NRHA has been awarded funding to hire or retain five service coordinators to serve residents.

“NRHA is excited to receive this award,” said Yilla Smith, NRHA client services director. “Through this funding, we will be able to better equip our residents with what they need to achieve economic and housing independence.”

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 is an important driver of the local economy.

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