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HUD awards Vermont $386,383 in job training grants

first_imgFunded through HUD?s Housing Choice Voucher Family Self-Sufficiency Program (HCV/FSS), the grants allow public housing agencies (PHAs) to work with welfare agencies, schools, businesses, and other local partners to develop a comprehensive program to help individuals already  participating in HUD?s Housing Choice Voucher Program increase their education or gain marketable skills that will enable them to obtain jobs that pay a living wage. The Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) Program is a long-standing resource for increasing economic security and self-sufficiency among HCV participants.  A new report just issued by HUD evaluated the effectiveness of the FSS Program. Conducted from 2005 to 2009, HUD?s study shows the financial benefits are substantial for participants who remain and complete the program. This study is the second ofa three-part series by HUD that evaluate the effects of the FSS program. The first study found individuals who participated in the FSS program fared better financially than those who did not enroll in the program. HUD?s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) will launch the third and final installment to complete this series this year. ?This program is absolutely critical in today?s economy,? said Donovan. ?The research demonstrates that this program works.  When families are given the tools they need to move beyond the voucher program, they do.  Ultimately, they become self-sufficient and more vouchers become available for other families, some who have been waiting for long periods to receive housing assistance. For America to win the future we need a trained and skilled workforce.? US Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced today that public housing agencies in Vermont will receive $386,383 to link low-income families with the necessary education and job training to put them on the path to self-sufficiency. These agencies are among nearly 600 that will receive approximately $54 million in grants. See national list here.    Vermont Agency                                                        Positions Funded                    Amount FundedBrattleboro Housing Authority                                                   1                                  $49,700.00Burlington Housing Authority                                                     2                                $101,685.00Vermont State Housing Authority                                              4                                $234,998.00                 VT Total:        7                                $386,383.00 Participants in the HCV/FSS program sign a contract that requires the head of the household to get a job and the family will no longer receive welfare assistance at the end of the five-year term. As the family?s income rises, a portion of that increased income is deposited in an interest-bearing escrow account. If the family completes its FSS contract, the family receives the escrow funds that it can use for any purpose, including paying educational expenses, starting a business or paying back debts.  PD&R will also launch two additional studies this year about the FSS program. The first study will examine whether FSS participants who were still enrolled when the Prospective Study ended went on to graduate from the FSS program and whether they met their goals for financial self-sufficiency. The second will study the effectiveness of the FSS program nationally. This will be the first national study of the FSS program as part of HUD?s Transformation Initiative, which was created in 2010 to encourage more transparency and accountability within the agency. HUD?s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and  transform the way HUD does business. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov(link is external) and espanol.hud.gov. The funding allows local housing authorities to hire coordinators (or caseworkers) to link adults in the Housing Choice Voucher program to local organizations that provide job training, childcare, counseling, transportation and job placement. ###last_img read more

Tompkins County is looking for volunteers to help make masks

first_imgIn a press release, the health department describes that they are looking for volunteers who: For more coronavirus coverage, click here. “Have sewing experience, though we will need additional volunteers for cutting materials and supporting the sewersCan provide a sewing machine to the effort for use at the production facility (not required)Have not been in close contact with an individual tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days” If someone is interested in volunteering but is unable to onsite, they can make masks at home. The health department recommends using this mask sewing technique. Completed masks can be dropped off at the So Sew Many blue boxes around Tompkins County listed below: The health department is initiating a collaborative effort to create masks for essential workers amid Governor Cuomo’s executive order. center_img TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. (WBNG) — The Tompkins County Health Department is looking for volunteers to help create masks for the county. If you can volunteer, email masks@tompkins-co.org. Volunteers will be contacted by a county official and will be invited to help make the masks. Angelo Dry Cleaners and Laundry at 315 Meadow St., IthacaAlternatives Federal Credit Union at 125 North Fulton St., IthacaCayuga Heights Village Hall at 836 Hanshaw Rd., Cayuga HeightsDryden Town Hall at 93 East Main St., DrydenEddydale Farm Stand at 827 Elmira Rd., IthacaHomespun at 51 East Main St., TrumansburgLansing Town Hall at 29 Auburn Rd., LansingLittlestone Upholstery at 210 West State St., IthacaTompkins Community Action (patio in back) at 701 Spencer Rd., IthacaTompkins County Chamber of Commerce at 904 East Shore Dr., Ithacalast_img read more