The Jersey City Housing Authority was awarded $239,250 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, specifically their Resident Opportunity and Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) grant funds, one of just six recipients in New Jersey.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“We are excited to work with our local housing partners to help public housing residents find jobs and opportunities that will propel them forward. The funding announced today will help residents reach their goals and dreams tomorrow,” HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge said in a statement.
The ROSS grant is “a place-based program” designed to assist residents make progress towards economic and housing self-sufficiency.
Service coordinators provide case management, assess residents’ needs, and work in partnership with local service providers to fulfill those needs.
They also work with seniors and people with disabilities to ensure they receive the medical care and social supports required to age and remain in place, thereby avoiding costlier forms of care.
“HUD ROSS grants provide funding to housing authorities and non-profits to hire a Service Coordinator that assists residents with achieving their professional and health goals,” added HUD Newark Field Office Director Justin Scheid.
“Coordinators provide tenants with resources that guide them towards increasing earned income, financial empowerment, educational opportunities, and better health and mental health outcomes.”