U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $633,231 to 14 public housing authorities across Arkansas to continue helping public housing residents participating in the Housing Choice Voucher Program.
The grant is also for people who reside in public housing to increase their earned income and reduce their dependency on public assistance and rental subsidies.
Nationally, these grants renew HUD’s support of 689 public housing authorities through the Department’s Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS).
Over $74 million nationwide is being distributed under the program. HUD’s FSS Program helps local Public Housing Authorities to hire Service Coordinators who work directly with residents to connect them with programs and services that already exist in the local community.
Arkansas received a total of $633,231.
The program encourages innovative strategies that link housing assistance with a broad spectrum of services that will enable participating families to find jobs, increase earned income, reduce or eliminate the need for rental and/or welfare assistance, and make progress toward achieving economic independence and housing self-sufficiency.
To read the full FSS 2018 grant report, click here.
The average household income of FSS participants more than doubled during their time in the program, from $10,000 at the time of entry to more than $27,000 upon program completion.