Congressman Visclosky announced that the City of Gary and the City of Hammond received awards under the FY 2012 Housing Choice Voucher -- Family Self-Sufficiency (HCV-FSS) program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The Housing Choice Voucher system helps communities develop strategies to help families obtain employment opportunities. Under the program, public housing agencies work with welfare agencies, schools, businesses, and other local partners to develop a comprehensive program that gives participating FSS family members the skills and expertise needed to find employment.
"The City of Hammond is pleased with word that it has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to assist families in need during these difficult economic times," Mayor McDermott said.
"Putting our citizens to work is one of this administration's top priorities," said Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson. "Thanks to the dollars from this HUD grant, more Gary residents will have the support they need to secure employment and in turn support their families."
"We must connect talented job-seekers with job opportunities here in Northwest Indiana," said Congressman Visclosky. "HUD grants like these will help to link our workers to the employers that need their services. I commend the City of Gary, Mayor Freeman-Wilson, the City of Hammond, and Mayor McDermott for their efforts to secure these funds."
The award to Gary totals $50,900. The award to Hammond totals $59,418.