The Bloomington Housing Authority is one of 13 public housing authorities to receive federal funding to give families the opportunity improve their economic well-being. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the city $94,000 to help residents of public housing and voucher-assisted housing increase their income and savings.
Funding from the HUD’s Family Self-Sufficiency Program assists local public housing authorities in hiring service coordinators who work directly with residents and connects them to resources within the community.
“FSS grant funding will empower individuals and families across Indiana supporting their journey towards self-sufficiency, independence and prosperity,” said James A. Cunningham, HUD Midwest Deputy Regional Administrator.
The program requires participants to sign a five-year contract that outlines specific goals and achievements in order to successfully graduate. Those who graduate the program can receive funds and can apply those funds to advance their personal situations, including paying educational expenses or making a down payment on a home.
Funding was also awarded to public housing authorities in 10 additional states and Puerto Rico.