HUD recently awarded the PCHA with funding from the Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) – Service Coordinators Program grant to offer more opportunities for its public housing residents, including self-sufficiency through employment and additional resources.
According to HUD, the purpose of HUD’s ROSS – Service Coordinators Program is to encourage local, innovative strategies that link public housing assistance with public and private resources to enable participating families to increase earned income; reduce or eliminate the need for welfare assistance; and make progress toward achieving economic independence and housing self-sufficiency.
HUD awarded more than $31 million to housing authorities, resident associations and non-profit organizations across the U.S. The PCHA received over $240,000 over a three-year period to implement the program. PCHA’s program will correlate with its newly implemented Family Self-Sufficiency Program.
Director of Resident Services Regina Booker says, “The ROSS – Service Coordinator program is a fantastic program addition for this agency and the families we serve! Our families will be able to increase earned income, reduce or eliminate the need for welfare assistance, make progress toward achieving economic independence through their training, education, employment and housing self-sufficiency goals.”
She continues, “We also chose to serve our elderly and disabled residents under this program because we find it absolutely critical for them to be able to improve their living conditions to assist them aging in place. PCHA is eager to implement the ROSS Service Coordinator’s program in our public housing communities because we know it will have a positive impact in the lives of those we serve.”
For more information about the PCHA’s Family Self Sufficiency Program and Resident Services Program, please visit our website at www.pinellashousing.com.