HUD marks 25 years of helping families in Ohio become self-sufficient


Sunbury News Staff Report



HUD Awards Ohio Nearly $3.3 Million to Help Low-Income

Residents Receive Job Training and Employment

CHICAGO – Twenty-five years ago this year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) launched a program to help households living in assisted housing to become self-sufficient. Today, HUD marked the 25th anniversary of the Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS)by awarding nearly $3.3 million to Ohio to continue helping public housing residents and those participating in the Housing Choice Voucher Program to further their education and find good jobs.

HUD Secretary Ben Carson made the funding announcement this morning at a FSS anniversary commemoration with the District of Columbia Housing Authority in Washington.

“A necessary part of what we do is to help families move beyond HUD assistance by providing the tools they need to become self-sufficient,” said Secretary Carson. “For 25years, HUD and our local partners have been connecting residents to job training, childcare and other resources that expand their opportunities and lead them towards higher paying jobs and self-sufficiency.”

“Family Self-Sufficiency funding is critical in our effort to empower HUD assisted residents by giving them a hand up towards independence and an opportunity to reach their full-potential,” said Joseph P. Galvan, HUD Midwest Regional Administrator.

HUD’s FSS Program helps local Public Housing Authorities to hire Service Coordinators who work directly with residents to connect them with programs and services that already exist in the local community. The program encourages innovative strategies that link housing assistance with a broad spectrum of services that 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.

Participants in the program sign a five-year contract that requires the head of the household to obtain employment and that no member of the household will receive certain types of public assistance at the end of the five-year term. Families in the FSS program have an interest-bearing escrow account established for them. The amount credited to the family’s escrow account is based on increases in the family’s earned income during the term of the FSS contract. If the family successfully completes its FSS contract, the family receives the escrow funds that it can use for any purpose, including debt reduction in order to improve credit scores, educational expenses, or a down payment on a home.

During the 10-year period from 2007-2016, the average household income of FSS participant more than doubled from approximately $10,000 at the time of entry into the program to more than $27,000 upon completion.

To learn more about the successes and accomplishments of the FSS program and how it has helped families across the country, read 25 Years of Family Self-Sufficiency Program: Families Working, Families Prospering.

HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov and http://espanol.hud.gov. You can also connect with HUD on social media or sign up for news alerts on HUD’s Email List.

You can follow Secretary Carson on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Ohio

Morgan Metropolitan Housing Authority McConnelsville $46,264

The City of Marietta, Ohio/PHA Marietta $44,222

Erie Metropolitan Housing Authority Sandusky $51,715

Knox Metropolitan Housing Authority Mount Vernon $23,122

Parma Public Housing Agency Parma $43,589

Meigs Metropolitan Housing Authority Middleport $16,555

Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority Lorain $115,279

Jackson Metropolitan Housing Authority Wellston $40,750

Pickaway Metro Housing Authority Circleville $24,069

Tuscarawas Metropolitan Housing Authority New Philadelphia $50,000

Portage Metropolitan Housing Authority Ravenna $39,610

Fairfield Metropolitan Housing Authority Lancaster $110,120

Cambridge Metropolitan Housing Authority Cambridge $32,900

Athens Metropolitan Housing Authority Athens $41,494

Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority Painesville $57,658

Morrow Metropolitan Housing Authority Mount Gilead $39,984

Chillicothe Metropolitan Housing Authority Chillicothe $101,631

Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority Cincinnati $334,484

Vinton Metropolitan Housing Authority McArthur $39,323

Wayne Metropolitan Housing Authority Wooster $44,314

Clinton Metropolitan Housing Authority Wilmington $50,676

Allen Metropolitan Housing Authority Lima $40,007

Geauga Metropolitan Housing Authority Chardon $67,151

Logan County Metropolitan Housing Authority Bellefontaine $40,774

Adams Metropolitan Housing Authority Manchester $22,781

Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority Youngstown $244,140

Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority Akron $316,600

Trumbull Metropolitan Housing Authority Warren $119,097

Zanesville Metropolitan Housing Authority Zanesville $218,264

Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Cleveland $219,829

Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority Columbus $144,404

Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority Toledo $236,761

Springfield Metropolitan Housing Authority Springfield $69,380

Dayton Metropolitan Housing Authority Dayton $161,038

Ohio Total: $3,247,985

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