PHA Residents to Benefit From Latest HUD Award

(Philadelphia, PA - January 4, 2017)- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development(HUD) has awarded over $721,000 to the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) to provide social service coordination to its public housing residents.  HUD is providing the funding under the Resident Opportunities and Self-Sufficiency Service Coordinators Program (ROSS-SC).

"We are thrilled to receive this latest round of funding from HUD," said PHA President and CEO Kelvin A. Jeremiah.  "Our focus at the housing authority is opening doors to opportunity for our residents, so that they can become more self-reliant and achieve economic mobility I thank Secretary Castro and HUD for this award."

The ROSS Service Coordinators work directly with residents to assess their needs and connect them with education, job training and placement programs, and computer and financial literacy services. PHA is proud to partner with Energy Coordinating Agency, Public Health Management Corporation, Urban League, Ceiba, Temple University, Manpower, EDSI, Career Wardrobe, Intercultural Family Services, Child Evangelism Fellowship, Liberty Resources, Inc. Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity and PHA's own PhillySEEDS affiliate to connect residents to services in their communities.

The purpose of the ROSS-SC program is to encourage innovative and locally driven strategies that link public housing assistance with public and private resources to enable participating families increase their earned income. The program also aims to reduce or eliminate the need for welfare assistance while helping families make progress toward achieving economic independence and housing self-sufficiency.