The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded nearly $57 million in grants to help residents receiving assistance through the Housing Choice Voucher Program to gain access to employment opportunities.
Housing authorities in Winnebago County will use around $200,000 to take part in a federal self-sufficiency program. The money will be used for coordinators who work with area families to find job training, childcare, and transportation. Elgin's Housing Authority received $66,000.
According to a news release, participants sign a five-year contract that requires the head of the household to obtain employment and no longer receive welfare assistance at the end of the five-year term. The service coordinators retained or hired through these programs work directly with residents to connect them with local organizations that provide education and job training and placement opportunities.
Rockford Housing Authority - 2 positions
Winnebago County Housing Authority - 1 position
Housing Authority of Elgin - 1 position