U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced that public housing agencies in Florida will receive $2,120,669 to link low-income families with the education and job training to put them on the path to self-sufficiency. These agencies are among almost 600 nationwide that will receive about $54 million in grants.
Locally, the PCHA will receive $64,539.00.
Funded through HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program, the grants allow public housing agencies to work with welfare agencies, jobs programs, educational institutions, businesses, and other local partners to help individuals already participating in HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher Program increase their education or gain marketable skills that will enable them to obtain jobs that pay a living wage.
“The FSS Program is an outstanding HUD program that coordinates existing services and resources in the community for the benefit of participating families. The end goal is self-sufficiency and no reliance on welfare assistance. Receipt of this grant award will allow us to continue and expand the FSS Program to enable more families to participate” said Regina Booker, PCHA’s Director of Resident Services and Programs.