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63 63 63 INVESTMENT GOVERNMENT PROPERTY PRESERVATION Journal Follow Us At: @DSNewsDaily HUD AWARDS $9M-PLUS FOR THE JOBS PLUS PROGRAM e U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) recently awarded more than $9 million to four Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) to help families increase their earned income and improve their economic mobility through the Jobs Plus program. Jobs Plus grants support work readiness and connect public housing residents with employ- ment, education, and financial empowerment services—part of an evidence-based model proven to help public housing residents find and keep jobs. e Jobs Plus initiative also supports HUD's Bridging the Wealth Gap agenda, which pursues economic justice and asset build- ing for renters. "HUD is committed to lifting individuals and families up by focusing on the multifaceted issues around poverty," HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge said. "rough training, employment, and financial and community support, we are setting people up to be successful for the long term. As we all know, upward mobility is crucial to a better quality of life and that's what makes the Jobs Plus program so powerful. We are giving families what they need to be completely self-sufficient in every way." e Jobs Plus program combines tradition- al employment, training, and job placement services with a rent incentive and a place-based investment in building community support for work. e program requires PHAs to partner locally with Department of Labor Workforce Development Boards and American Jobs Centers. Additionally, Jobs Plus grantees are required to demonstrate a 25% match from community partners, providing wrap-around supportive services to improve employment and earnings outcomes. Cross-agency partner- ships are essential to changing the economic prospects of public housing residents. e Jobs Plus program's place-based model helps resi- dents support each other through the process, cultivating a culture of work and enhancing economic resiliency. ough the fundamentals of the program have not changed with this year's funding cycle, the program has seen some welcome changes. Many of the changes bring further clarification to key components of the program, but they also include the allowance of PHAs to meet eligibil- ity with smaller populations of workable adults than before. Program changes now also require that applicants meet with program leadership to discuss implementation, feasibility, and impact. e following four PHAs will be receiving funding from HUD: • e Housing Authority of the City of East St. Louis in East St. Louis, Illinois, will receive $2,299,999 • Brunswick Housing Authority in Brunswick, Georgia, will receive $2,999,060 • Housing Authority of the City and County of Denver in Denver will receive $1,600,000 • Housing Authority of the City of Oakland in Oakland, California, will receive $2,300,000

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