The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded $9.68 million in grants to hire service coordinators who will work to connect public housing residents across the country with community resources, according to an announcement this week. HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson said in a statement, "These grants ... allow local housing agencies help low-income families thrive for a lifetime by leading them to employment that moves them to self-sufficiency, even home ownership." The grant money was awarded through HUD's Public Housing Family Self-Sufficiency program, which aids public housing authorities. Program coordinators hired through the program work directly with residents and provide education, training and referrals to job placement organizations and local employers, according to the HUD announcement. Residents sign a contract to participate that details their responsibilities in training and employment objectives for up to a five-year period. For each participating ...
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