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HUD awards $33 million to public housing agencies

Funds aim to help residents secure jobs, homes, encourage self-sufficiency

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $32.9 million in grants to public housing agencies to help public housing residents get jobs and buy homes, the department said Monday. The funding comes from is provided through HUD's Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency, or ROSS, Program. These grants are awarded to public housing authorities, resident organizations or non-profit organizations acting on behalf of residents to encourage self-sufficiency among residents, HUD said. ROSS programs link public housing residents with supportive services, including education, job and computer training and home-ownership counseling. "This funding aides helps families on their way to economic independence," said HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson in a statement Monday. "Whether it's becoming more computer savvy, taking classes to get a better job or learning what it takes to become a homeowner, ROSS grants are available to help public housing residents achieve their personal and ...