Freeport, Illinois – The Freeport Housing Authority (FHA) is excited to announce it has been awarded a federal grant to promote jobs and self-sufficiency for public housing residents. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development administers two related programs: The Resident Opportunities and Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) Public Housing Family Self-Sufficiency (PH-FSS) Program and the Housing Choice Voucher Family Self-Sufficiency Program. FHA has been awarded the Family Self-Sufficiency Grant five consecutive years now and has been successful in graduating residents reaching self-sufficiency. It is extremely exciting with this grant announcement as this is the first year FHA has been awarded the Resident Opportunities and Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) Service Coordinator Grant. FHA is only one of five housing authorities in Illinois to receive the ROSS-SC Grant this year. The grant of $236,106 provides funding for one Service Coordinator for three years to include training and administration costs. The grant is specific to public housing. With FHA in the process of the HUD Rental Demonstration Project (RAD) transition already in progress at the Parkside, Brewster and Hosmer Highrise properties, these ROSS grant services will be specific to the residents of the FHA Westview, Willow, Douglas Village, and Gilmore properties.
HUD’s Press Release on Friday, March 11, 2016 is as follows:
WASHINGTON – To help public housing residents find jobs and educational opportunities, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded nearly $32 million in grants to public housing authorities and non-profit organizations across the nation to hire or retain service coordinators to help residents achieve economic and housing independence.
The funding, provided through HUD’s Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency – Service Coordinators Program (ROSS-SC) helps public housing authorities, resident associations, non-profit organizations, Indian tribes or entities representing Indian tribes hire or retain “service coordinators” who work directly with residents to assess their needs and connect them with education, job training and placement programs, and/or computer and financial literacy services available in their community to promote self-sufficiency.
“Today, we make an affirmative investment in families living in public housing to help them build a brighter future for themselves and their children,” said HUD Secretary Julián Castro. “This funding allows our local partners to support residents’ goals and put them on the path toward self-sufficiency.”
The purpose of HUD’s ROSS-SC 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.
FHA is proud to be a HUD ROSS-SC Grant Recipient and looks forward to continuing to offer this array of opportunities to residents to grow personally and professionally while working to gain self-sufficiency. All participating residents gain a sense of accomplishment and are encouraged and motivated to seek more opportunities. Anyone with questions, please contact Mr. Larry Williams, FHA Chief Executive Officer, at 815-232-4171 Ext 1015.