Over $120,000 in federal funding to help low-income families in the Northland

By KBJR News 1

Over $120,000 in federal funding to help low-income families in the Northland

January 9, 2014 Updated Jan 9, 2014 at 2:09 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has granted over $122,000 to help low-income families in Duluth and Virginia gain access to education, job training and employment.

The federal funds through the Housing Choice Voucher Family Self Sufficiency Program encourages communities to develop local strategies, to help families obtain employment.

This is part of a nationwide grant totaling $57 million to help low-income families in communities across the country.

“This is a modest investment that can make a world of difference for families looking to find their path to self-sufficiency,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. “As America’s economy continues to recover, it’s critical that we work to make sure every American has the skills and resources they need to successfully compete for jobs in the 21st Century.”

The housing choice voucher program is the federal government’s major program for assisting low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market, allowing HCV participants to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses, and apartments.

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