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Housing authorities get government support

Staff Report //February 22, 2018//

Housing authorities get government support

Staff Report //February 22, 2018//

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The Greenville Housing Authority and the Columbia Housing Authority are the two organizations in South Carolina to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency – Service Coordinators Program.

The Greenville Housing Authority received $246,000 and the Columbia Housing Authority received $384,255 to hire or retain service coordinators who work directly with residents to assess their needs and connect them with education, job training and placement programs, and/or computer and financial literacy services available in their community to promote self-sufficiency, according to a news release.

The funding is part of the $34.9 million HUD awarded nationally to public housing authorities, public housing resident associations, Native American tribes and nonprofit organizations.

The purpose of the funding program is to encourage innovative and locally driven strategies that link public housing assistance with public and private resources to enable HUD-assisted families to increase earned income; reduce or eliminate their need for welfare assistance, and promote economic independence and housing self-sufficiency, the release said.

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