Local program also recognized in study
U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced this week that public housing agencies across the United States will receive nearly $54 million to link low-income families with the necessary education and job training to put them on the path to self-sufficiency. The Wichita Housing Authority will receive $176,384 to continue its Family Self-Sufficiency program.
Funded through HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher Family Self-Sufficiency Program (HCV/FSS), the grants allow public housing agencies (PHAs) to work with welfare agencies, schools, businesses, and other local partners to develop a comprehensive program. The program helps individuals already participating in HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher Program increase their education or gain marketable skills that will enable them to obtain jobs that pay a livable wage.
“Our Housing Authority is excited about this funding,” said Mary K. Vaughn, Director of the Housing and Community Services Department, which runs the Housing Authority. “In the current budget climate I believe continued support of the FSS program acknowledges its success in moving people from reliance on public assistance to self-sufficiency.”
Vaughn’s comments mirror findings reported in a recently-released study of the Family Self-Sufficiency program. The Wichita program was included in the report which found that the program has a significant impact on the financial future of participants. Since Wichita’s program began in 2002, more than 60 people who formerly used Section 8 vouchers for rental assistance have reached self-sufficiency and become homeowners.