Holyoke Housing Authority awarded HUD grant

Money will be used to hire service coordinators that will help residents connect to education, job training and financial literacy services.

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded the Holyoke Housing Authority $246,000.  The funding is part of $1.9-million in grants to Massachusetts public housing authorities and non-profit organizations to hire or retain service coordinators to help residents achieve economic and housing independence.

The funding is provided through HUD’s Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency – Service Coordinators Program (ROSS-SC).  Service coordinators assess the needs of residents and refer them to education, job training and placement programs, and/or computer and financial literacy services available in their community to promote self-sufficiency.

The purpose of HUD’s ROSS-SC program is to provide persons living in public housing assistance with public and private resources in an effort to increase earned income; reduce or eliminate the need for welfare assistance; and make progress toward achieving economic independence and housing self-sufficiency.

Other Massachusetts agencies receiving the HUD 2015 ROSS Service Coordinator Grant Awards are Medford Housing Authority, Taunton Housing Authority, Boston Housing Authority, Worcester Housing Authority and Lynn Housing Authority and Neighborhood Development.

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