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HUD Awards $2.3 Million to Help Low-Income Public Housing Residents in Toledo Secure Higher Paying Jobs

Jobs Plus grant awarded to help families achieve financial self-sufficiency 

To help low-income public housing residents increase their income and move toward self-sufficiency, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $10.6 million to four Public Housing Authorities (PHAs), including $2.3 million to the Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority (LMHA). HUD’s Jobs Plus Initiative connects public housing residents with employment, education and financial empowerment services—a proven model to help public housing residents find and keep better paying  jobs. Read more about how these local housing agencies will put these funds to work.
“These investments help public housing residents reach their dreams,” said Secretary Ben Carson. “The idea is simple-connect families with educational opportunities, job training and other services so they can find better paying jobs and achieve self-sufficiency.”
“The Jobs Plus Initiative facilitates work readiness to promote gainful employment and advancement opportunities,” said HUD Midwest Regional Administrator Joseph P. Galvan. “The foundation of this program is premised upon three core components: employment and training, financial incentives to increase earnings and community support creating a culture of work.”

Ravine Park Village and Birmingham Terrace will combine to implement the Jobs Plus Initiative. Currently, there are 274 apartments and 356 work-able adults and 76 percent of those working-age adults are unemployed. To support job retention and advancement in the Jobs Plus program, participants will receive employment readiness training and barrier removal from Pathway, supportive services and barrier assistance from Zepf Center, financial literacy from LISC, and youth employment opportunities from the YMCA
“With Lucas County recorded as one of 12 counties with the highest percentage of residents living in poverty in Ohio, we recognize the significance of LMHA receiving the coveted Jobs Plus grant,” Mayor Kapszukiewicz said. “It is imperative that we continue to identify sustainable strategies to address the county’s poverty rate of 25 percent. This grant presents an important resource to provide wrap around services to our most vulnerable families. We are eager to continue our partnership with LMHA by providing employment for residents with the goal of identifying permanent opportunities.”

“We are thrilled to have received the Jobs Plus Initiative Grant!" said Demetria Simpson, president and chief executive officer, LMHA. "Its mission to help low-income public housing residents and families secure higher-paying jobs and work towards achieving financial self-sufficiency aligns with our Strategic Planning Goals, over the next five years, to provide pathways to a better quality of life for our residents," said Simpson. "The Jobs Plus Initiative Grant is a first for Toledo Lucas County and a critical component in creating a framework for building self-sufficiency in our residents' lives, as well as expanding our partnership with HUD and the community.”




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Revised: 03/14/19 23:29:37 -0400.

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