Ryan Announces $750K for Public Housing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A federal investment of more than $750,000 will assist residents of public housing and voucher-assisted housing in Youngstown, Warren Akron and Ravenna.

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-13 Ohio, announced the investment funded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development Family Self-Sufficiency Program, which is part of more than $79 million provided to housing authorities across the country.

“This investment will go to those in our community that need it the most. These funds will help lift up families in need though job training and employment counseling,” Ryan said in a statement. “I am proud to support the hard work of the public housing authorities in my district and will continue to use my position to bring federal funds back to our community.”

Since 1990, the Family Self-Sufficiency Program has funded grants enabling public housing agencies to collaborate with social service agencies, community colleges, businesses and other local partners to help participants further their education, gain marketable skills and increase their income potential.

“Family Self-Sufficiency programming will allow us to continue supporting low-to-moderate income individuals to achieve self-sufficiency by providing support services including mentoring, networking, employment education and other tools that will allow them to be independent of social services,” said Jason Whitehead, executive director of the Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority.

Pictured: U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development. (Image: Kjetil Ree, Architect: Marcel Breuer [CC BY-SA 2.5])

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