HUD AWARDS IOWA $1.1 MILLION TO HELP LOW-INCOME FAMILIES RECEIVE JOB TRAINING, EMPLOYMENT PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Donna White   
Tuesday, 27 September 2011 11:16

HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher Family Self-Sufficiency Program (HCV/FSS) supports public housing agencies (PHAs) to retain or hire family self-sufficiency coordinators.  These coordinators in turn link adults in the HCV program with welfare agencies, schools, businesses and other local partners to develop the skills and experience to enable them to obtain jobs that pay a living wage. The local organizations typically provide participating individuals job training, childcare, counseling, transportation, job placement and homeownership counseling.

 

Housing agencies in Iowa received the following grants:

IOWA

 

 

 

Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority

$57,529

 

City of Cedar Rapids

$138,000

 

City of Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency

$132,973

 

City of Dubuque

$63,478

 

City of Sioux City Housing Authority

$138,000

 

Eastern Iowa Regional Housing Authority

$139,940

 

Iowa City Housing Authority

$121,721

 

Mid Iowa Regional Housing Authority

$23,528

 

Municipal Housing Agency of Council Bluffs, IA

$48,676

 

Municipal Housing Agency of the City of Fort Dodge

$102,766

 

Muscatine, City of

$55,309

 

Northeast Nebraska Joint HA

$40,756

 

Region XII Regional Housing Authority

$45,000

 

Southern Iowa Regional Housing Authority

$43,850

Iowa Total:

 

$1,151,526

 

Participants in the HCV-FSS program sign a contract that requires the head of the household will get a job and the family will no longer receive welfare assistance at the end of the five-year term.  As the family’s income rises, a portion of that increased income is deposited in an interest-bearing escrow account.  If the family completes its FSS contract, the family receives the escrow funds that it can use for any purpose, including a down payment on a home, paying educational expenses, starting a business or paying back debts.

 

HUD’s Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) Program is a long-standing resource for increasing economic security and self-sufficiency among participants.  HUD issued a new report earlier this year

that evaluated the effectiveness of the FSS Program.  Conducted from 2005 to 2009, the study shows the financial benefits are substantial for participants who complete the program.  This study is the second of a three-part series by HUD that evaluate the effects of the FSS program.  The first study found individuals who participated in the FSS program fared better financially than those who did not enroll in the program.  HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) will launch the third and final installment to complete the series this year.

 

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