WASHINGTON – Six public housing authorities and non-profit organizations across the country were awarded $1.9 million by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on Tuesday to hire or retain service coordinators to help residents find jobs and educational opportunities.  Plainfield's Richmond Towers Resident Association was one of the six organizations, and will receive $239,250.

Last winter, HUD awarded $29 million to public housing authorities to help public housing residents find jobs so that they can become self-sufficient.

HUD’s Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency - Service Coordinators Program (ROSS-SC) helps public housing authorities, resident associations, non-profit organizations, Indian tribes or entities representing Indian tribes hire or retain "service coordinators" who work directly with residents to assess their needs and connect them with education, job training and placement programs, and/or computer and financial literacy services available in their community to promote self-sufficiency.

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“Giving families who live in public housing the tools they need to invest in themselves helps them find jobs and housing and puts them on the path to self-sufficiency,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “HUD is committed to investing in our residents so that they can have the tools they need for determine their own futures.”

“Service coordinators ensure that residents of public housing get the training and economic opportunity they need to break out of poverty” said Lynne Patton, HUD Regional Administrator for New York and New Jersey.  “Across New Jersey, housing authorities in our major cities and population centers can use these funds to help their residents become permanently self-sufficient.”

The purpose of HUD’s ROSS-SC program is to encourage local, innovative strategies that link public housing assistance with public and private resources to enable participating families to increase earned income; reduce or eliminate the need for welfare assistance; and make progress toward achieving economic independence and housing self-sufficiency.













Macon Housing Moving to Success Programs, Inc.




$ 202,900


North Carolina


Housing Authority of the City of Wilmington North Carolina




$ 476,038


New Jersey


Richmond Towers Resident Association




$  239,250


New Mexico


Santa Clara Pueblo Housing Authority





$  222,750


Rhode Island


Lincoln Housing Authority





$ 239,250




San Antonio Housing Authority


San Antonio


$  508,761