Updated: September 29, 2011 12:50AM
CHICAGO — The Housing Authority of Elgin is among more than 200 public housing authorities across the nation that have been awarded a share of $15 million from a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development effort to help public housing residents find jobs.
The HAE’s share of the funding is set to be $69,000, HUD announced late last week. The Housing Authority of Elgin manages 255 public housing units, comprised of a 150-unit high-rise for people 50 or older and seven family developments consisting of 105 total units, according to its website, (www.haelgin.org). No one from the agency could be reached Monday for comment.
HUD’s Public and Indian Housing Family Self-Sufficiency Program provides this funding, which allows the housing authorities to hire program coordinators who work directly with residents to connect them with local education and training opportunities, job placement organizations and local employers.
“Family self-sufficiency programs have a proven track record of helping families succeed,” HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said. “When families are given the tools they need to join a skilled work force, they move beyond HUD’s rental assistance programs to self-sufficiency.”
“Illinois will receive more than $550,000 to hire coordinators who will assist residents find the needed education, training and ultimately jobs,” HUD Midwest Regional Administrator Antonio R. Riley said. “The program is an important step to help clients living in public housing to achieve financial independence.”
Other Illinois agencies receiving funding are Chicago Housing Authority, $57,962; Housing Authority of Greene County, $45,910; Housing Authority of Henry County, $48,918; Macoupin County Housing Authority, $42,616; Peoria Housing Authority, $49,515; Rock Island Housing Authority, $65,000; Rockford Housing Authority, $68,964; Springfield Housing Authority, $39,000; and Lake County Housing Authority, $69,000.