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03/03/2020

Robeson County Housing Authority Awarded Grant

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $36 million to public housing agencies, non-profit organizations, resident associations, and tribal grantees across the nation to hire or retain service coordinators who help connect all public housing residents with employment training, financial literacy services, educational opportunities, and health and wellness programs.

This is the first time a Housing Authority in Robeson County has been awarded a ROSS Grant since HUD created the program. It's inception was in FY08.

Robeson County Housing Authority received $239,250 out of the $1,395,339 awarded to five housing authorities in North Carolina.

These grants are awarded through HUD's Resident Opportunities and Self-Sufficiency - Service Coordinators program (ROSS-SC), which supports local, innovative strategies that link housing assistance with public and private resources to enable participating families to increase their earned income; reduce or eliminate the need for welfare assistance; and make progress toward achieving economic independence and housing self-sufficiency. Through needs assessments, case management, and referrals to community and web-based services, Service Coordinators help each participant advance towards these goals in ways that best fit their needs, personal priorities, and interests.

"These funds present a great opportunity to facilitate connections between our residents and local resources that will help them meet their needs," said RCHA Executive Director Niakeya Cooper. "This is exciting because it increases our capacity to position our residents for success."

For more information about ROSS, please contact our office at 910-738-4866.

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