HUD: $14 Million Awarded to Help Low-Income Public Housing Residents Secure Higher Paying Jobs

Jobs Plus grants to help families achieve financial self-sufficiency

WASHINGTON – To help low-income public housing residents increase their income and move toward self-sufficiency, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded $14 million to seven Public Housing Authorities (PHAs). HUD’s Jobs Plus Initiative connects public housing residents with employment, education and financial empowerment services-a proven model to help public housing residents find and keep better paying jobs. Read more about how these local housing agencies will put these funds to work.

“Today, we make another important investment to help public housing residents increase their income and move along their path to self-sufficiency,” said Secretary Ben Carson. “When you combine housing assistance with services available through HUD’s Jobs Plus initiative, you create positive conditions in which families can become financially independent and realize their dreams.”

State Public Housing Authority Amount

Kentucky

Housing Authority of Covington $2,203,270

Louisiana

Housing Authority of New Orleans $2,300,000
Monroe Housing Authority $2,299,918
Missouri Independence Housing Authority $2,300,000
Massachusetts Lynn Housing Authority $1,154,307
New Jersey Housing Authority of the City of Camden $1,700,000
Wisconsin Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee $2,300,000
 TOTAL $14,257,495

HUD’s Jobs Plus Initiative combines traditional employment, training and job placement services with a rent incentive and a place-based investment in building “community support for work.” The program addresses poverty among public housing residents and creates a culture of work and make working families the norm.

Jobs Plus services are tailored to residents’ individual needs and are drawn from a menu of on-site and referral services. For unemployed residents, case managers will help identify short and long-term employment goals and create plans to accomplish them. Employed individuals can work with case managers to take the necessary steps to advance in the labor market.

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