On Friday, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the award of $36.9 million to public housing authorities, public housing resident associations, Native American tribes, and nonprofit organizations across the nation. That includes $216,913 to promote jobs and self-sufficiency for Niagara Falls public housing residents as part of the Niagara Falls Housing Authority.
Grantees will use these resident opportunity and self-sufficiency (ROSS) grant funds to hire and/or retain service coordinators to assist public and Native American housing families meet their professional, financial, health and educational goals. In so doing, ROSS service coordinators will help remove barriers so that residents can improve their economic mobility, health outcomes and overall quality of life.
“We are excited to work with our local housing partners to help public housing residents find jobs and opportunities that will propel them forward,” HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge said. “The funding announced today will help residents reach their goals and dreams tomorrow.”
“ROSS grants prove invaluable to helping public housing residents and tribal families achieve financial independence,” said Stephen Murphy, HUD deputy regional administrator for New York and New Jersey. “These grants allow recipients to hire a service coordinator to assist residents in pursuing professional opportunities and an improved quality of life. Coordinators provide guidance and resources, including education, job training, transportation and career placement services that help residents achieve their goals.”
A press release stated, “The ROSS grant is a place-based program designed to assist residents make progress toward economic and housing self-sufficiency. Service coordinators provide case management, assess residents’ needs, and work in partnership with local service providers to fulfill those needs. Service coordinators provide a critical service to residents by helping to remove barriers that can stand in the way of progress. They also work with seniors and people with disabilities to ensure they receive the medical care and social supports required to age and remain in place, thereby avoiding costlier forms of care.”