HUD Awards $366,090 in Funding to 2 Public Housing Agencies in Montana to Promote Self-Sufficiency

HELENA, MT – April 14, 2009 – (RealEstateRama) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded $366,090 in grants to two public housing agencies in Montana. These agencies will use this funding to connect public housing residents with education, job training, employment services and homeownership counseling available in the local community to promote self-sufficiency.

“These grants help families on their way to economic independence,” said Deputy Regional Director, Deborah Griswold. “Whether it’s taking classes to get a better job or learning what it takes to become a homeowner, these grants help public housing residents achieve their personal and career goals.”

The following local public housing agencies are receiving funding:

Missoula Housing Authority $240,000
Public Housing Authority of Butte’s Resident Council $126,090

The funding, part of $27,960,860 awarded nationally today, is provided through HUD’s Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) – Service Coordinators program. These grants are awarded to public housing authorities (PHAs), resident organizations or non-profit organizations acting on behalf of residents to encourage and promote self-sufficiency among residents.

The ROSS program gives grantees the funding to hire a Service Coordinator to assess residents’ needs and link them with local resources that provide job training and placement, education and training opportunities, computer training, financial literacy and homeownership counseling. The funding is also used to provide supportive services such as childcare, and transportation to help families take advantage of training and employment opportunities.

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HUD is the nation’s housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development and enforces the nation’s fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov and espanol.hud.gov.

Tom Friesen
(406) 447-1488

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