Rep. Costa Announces $729,393 In Recovery Funds To Aid Struggling Families Find Jobs

Mar 26, 2010
Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) today announced that a total of $729,393 has been released to the Housing Authority in the City of Fresno, and Counties of Kings, Kern and Fresno to support tenants of the Housing Choice Voucher program as they find employment and become self-sufficient. Funding was released through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s Family Self Sufficiency Program and was made available by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). “This funding will increase hiring and economic security in communities across our Valley,” Costa said. “Creating good-paying jobs and growing our economy are my top priorities as I fight to make sure the Valley receives all the resources we need to get back on track.” 

Fresno City Housing Authority will receive $240,735.00
Fresno County Housing Authority will receive $243,579.00
Kern County Housing Authority will receive $188,412.00
Kings County Housing Authority will receive $56,667.00

Family self-sufficiency (FSS) is a HUD program that encourages communities to develop local strategies to help voucher families obtain employment that will lead to economic independence and self-sufficiency. Public housing agencies (PHAs) work with welfare agencies, schools, businesses, and other local partners to develop a comprehensive program that gives participating FSS family members the skills and experience to enable them to obtain employment that pays a living wage. A separate program, the public housing FSS program, is available for public housing residents.

FSS program services may include, but are not limited to:
•    child care
•    transportation
•    education
•    job training and employment counseling
•    substance/alcohol abuse treatment or counseling
•    household skill training
•    homeownership counseling