Visclosky Announces Federal Support for Employment Programs in Gary and Hammond
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Visclosky Announces Federal Support for Employment Programs in Gary and Hammond

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HUD Housing Choice Voucher – Family Self Sufficiency Program Grants Advance Economic Independence and Self-Sufficiency

Washington, D.C. – March 30, 2010 – (RealEstateRama) — Congressman Pete Visclosky today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has issued grants to the Gary Housing Authority and the Housing Authority of the City of Hammond under the Housing Choice Voucher – Family Self Sufficiency (HCV-FSS) program.  The funding will support initiatives to help housing voucher recipients obtain employment that will lead to their economic independence and self-sufficiency.

“These grants will help people in Northwest Indiana get the assistance they need to find a job that makes them economically independent and self sufficient,” said Visclosky.  “Helping people get back to work is a winning proposition for everybody in the community, and I am pleased to see these funds support residents in Northwest Indiana.”

HCV-FSS encourages communities to develop local strategies to help voucher families obtain employment that will lead to economic independence and self-sufficiency.  Public housing agencies work with welfare agencies, schools, businesses, and other local partners to develop a comprehensive program that gives participating HCV-FSS family members skills and experience that enable them to obtain employment that pays a living wage.  HCV-FSS program services may include child care, transportation, education, job training and employment counseling, substance or alcohol abuse treatment or counseling, household skill training, homeownership counseling, and more.  The Gary Housing Authority will receive $50,400 and the Housing Authority of the City of Hammond will receive $73,538.  Interested families in Gary and Hammond should contact their respective public housing agency.

Contact:
7895 Broadway, Suite A
Merrillville, IN 46410
TELE: 219-795-1844
http://www.house.gov/visclosky

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