Statement issued Friday by the Fort Wayne Housing Authority:
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Thursday that it has awarded the State of Indiana $754,000 to help fund public housing agencies and retain service coordinators as part of their Family self-sufficiency program (FSS). The Housing Authority in Fort Wayne (FWHA) is the recipient of $80,000 from that fund.
Family self-sufficiency (FSS) is a HUD program that encourages communities to develop local strategies to help qualified families achieve economic independence and self-sufficiency. Public housing agencies work with welfare agencies, schools, businesses, and other local partners to develop a comprehensive program that gives participating FSS family members the skills and experience to enable them to obtain employment that pays a living wage.
A separate program, the public housing FSS program, is available for public housing residents. Service Coordinators assist voucher recipients to find employment resources and job training opportunities to put them on a path toward self-sufficiency.
In a statement released yesterday, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan stated, “In today’s economy, it’s never been more critical to help families obtain the skills that lead to jobs. With HUD’s help, these housing agencies will be able to assist families in finding employment, increasing their earning potential and putting them on a path to self-sufficiency.”
FWHA currently serves 240 families through the FSS program. “We at FWHA see the evidence in changed lives that are no longer depending heavily on the system, but are providing a return on the investment made possible by the taxpayer through this program,” said Maynard J. Scales, FWHA Executive Director.
For more information about the Fort Wayne Housing Authority, visit www.fwha.org.