The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded more than $620,000 to three Indiana public housing authorities. The funding will be used to hire or retain service coordinators to help residents find jobs, educational opportunities, and achieve economic and housing independence.

The funding part of nearly $35 million being awarded nationally through HUD’s Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency – Service Coordinators Program. HUD Midwest Regional Administrator Joseph Galvan says it will "facilitate educational and economic opportunities to help residents along in their trajectory toward self-sufficiency and success."

The Indiana recipients include:

  • Housing Authority of the City of Kokomo – $190,395
  • New Albany Housing Authority – $246,000
  • Housing Authority of the City of Bloomington – $184,391

HUD says the purpose of the ROSS-SC program is to "encourage innovative and locally driven strategies that link public housing assistance with public and private resources to enable HUD-assisted families to increase earned income; reduce or eliminate their need for welfare assistance; and promote economic independence and housing self-sufficiency."

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