By Shernita Bethea
Housing and Human Services Manager
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently awarded approximately
$780 to twelve public housing authorities across Virginia to help public housing residents find jobs that lead toward economic independence. Locally, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk, Portsmouth and Newport News were awarded over $329 in funding collectively. The following is a breakdown of funding by locality.
Chesapeake Redevelopment & Housing Authority $49
Newport News Redevelopment & Housing Authority $48
Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority $138
Portsmouth Redevelopment & Housing Authority $55
Suffolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority $38
Total Funding for Hampton Roads Region $329
Of the funding allocated to Virginia, the Hampton Roads Region received over 42% of the overall allocation. HUD’s Public and Indian Housing Family Self-Sufficiency Program, provides this funding to public housing authorities (PHAs) which allows them to hire program coordinators who work directly with residents to connect them with local education and training opportunities; job placement organizations; and local employers.
For a complete listing of all grant recipients, please visit HUD’s website at http://www.hud.gov