HABC Receives HUD Grant to Promote Self-Sufficiency
Funding will help public housing residents achieve economic and housing independence
(Baltimore, MD – Friday, April 8, 2016) The Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) was awarded $738,000 from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to hire Service Coordinators to help public housing residents find jobs and educational opportunities to achieve economic self-sufficiency. HUD awarded nearly $32 million in grants to more than 100 public housing authorities and non-profit organizations across the nation. HABC, along with the Boston Housing Authority and the New York Housing Authority, received the largest grant awarded.
“We want to thank HUD for awarding HABC with this grant, which will allow us to connect public housing residents with education, job training, and financial literacy services,” said HABC Executive Director Paul T. Graziano. “These opportunities will help residents increase their income and reach their goals of building a stronger future for themselves and their families.”
The grant, provided through HUD’s Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency – Service Coordinators Program (ROSS-SC) provides funding for the salary, training and administrative costs for three HABC Service Coordinators to work at Gilmor Homes, Latrobe Homes and Westport Homes. These employees will work directly with residents to assess their needs and link them to available resources in their communities. The grant is for three years and will begin in September 2016.
In January, HABC was also awarded over $480,000 from HUD to operate the Office of Resident Services’ Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) program. The grant, which is for one year, provides funding for the salary and benefits for seven FSS Case Managers. FSS enables Housing Choice Voucher and public housing families to increase their earned income and reduce their dependency on welfare assistance and rental subsidies. Participating FSS families develop an Individual Training and Services Plan (ITSP) that outlines a series of intermediate and long-term goals, as well as the steps, services and resources needed to achieve their goals. Currently, there are 521 families enrolled in the program.
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