Wednesday, February 22, 2012

HUD Announces $95 Million in Grants to Help Families Build Assets

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced the availability of $95 million in grants to support residents who receive public housing assistance access education, job training and other opportunities that will foster financial and economic stability. Specifically, two grant opportunities are available:

The Housing Choice Voucher Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS)
A total of $60 million is available to fund community-based programs that will enable families in public housing to access resources and opportunities that will increase their earned income and financial literacy, as well as provide tools that will allow families develop job skills. With assistance from a Family Self-Sufficiency Coordinator, a Family Self-Sufficiency Coordinator, residents will be connected to employers, education programs and service providers, such as childcare and counseling services, in the community. Click here to access the Notice of Funding Available (NOFA). Applications are due April 24, 2012.

The Resident Opportunities and Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) Program – Service Coordinator Grant
Similar to the FSS program, the ROSS Service Coordinator Grant funds a full-time Service Coordinator that will build partnerships with and connect residents to educational opportunities and support services to help residents in public housing gain economic independence. This grant only funds the service coordinator position and will not cover the costs of the programming. A total of $35 million is available and 110 grants are expected to be awarded. Click here to access the Notice of Funding Available (NOFA). Applications are due March 27, 2012.

Each of these grant opportunities provides essential support to communities, particularly low-income families. As we have reported in the past, improving access to opportunities that allow families to build assets, such as financial literacy and job skills, plays a critical role in ensuring positive outcomes for children and families.

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