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HUD Awards Local Grants to Make Public Housing Residents More 'Self-Sufficient'

Pueblo Del Rio public housing in South Los Angeles.

Pueblo Del Rio public housing in South Los Angeles.

 

Connecting state and local government leaders

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $34.9 million to public housing authorities and resident associations, Native American tribes and nonprofits for hiring or retaining service coordinators, who work with low-income residents to find them employment and educational opportunities.

Funding comes from the Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency grant program and is in line with HUD Secretary Ben Carson’s opinion that assistance programs shouldn’t foster dependence on government services.

Similarly, in January the Trump administration issued guidelines allowing states “to test incentives that make participation in work or other community engagement a requirement for continued Medicaid eligibility,” according to the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services. Critics argue the move will make it more difficult for substance abuse and addiction patients to receive treatment.

“It’s part of our mission to help connect public housing residents to better, higher paying jobs and critical services as a means of helping them move beyond public assistance and toward self-sufficiency,” Carson said in a statement. “This funding gives our local partners resources they can use to help residents become economically independent and achieve the dreams they have for themselves and their children.”

Of the 36 states to receive grants, New York garnered the largest award at $2.70 million between nonprofits and housing authorities in Ocean Bay, Syracuse, Albany, Rochester, Long Island, New York City, and Niagara Falls.

Kansas received the smallest award of $142,190, which went entirely to the Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas Housing Authority.

The full list of state grants can be found here.

Dave Nyczepir is a News Editor at Government Executive’s Route Fifty and is based in Washington, D.C.

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