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Laurel Housing Authority receives HUD grant

The Laurel Housing Authority received a grant award from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development in the amount of $246,000. Source: WDAM The Laurel Housing Authority received a grant award from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development in the amount of $246,000. Source: WDAM
LAUREL, MS (WDAM) -

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development gave a grant award of $246,000 to the Laurel Housing Authority, according to a press from the city of Laurel.

HUD Secretary Julian Castro said in the press release that the grant will help residents to make a transition from public housing to owning their own homes.

"Today, we make an affirmative investment and families living in public housing to help them build a brighter future for themselves and their children, this funding allows our local partners to support residents' goals and put them on the path to self-sufficiency," Castro said in the press release.

According to the press release, Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency Program – Service Coordinators aids resident associations and public housing authorities, along with the nonprofit organizations that represent them, by working directly with them. The program assesses their needs and connects them with job-training, education and placement programs, computer and financial literacy services.  

The program’s purpose focuses on linking public housing assistance with public and private resources to aid families in making progress toward achieving economic independence and reduce the need for welfare assistance.

Ailrick Young, executive director of the Laurel Housing Authority, said in a press release that it is inspiring to see this partnership with HUD grow.

"It is truly inspiring to be able to work collectively with the resident council and our numerous local partners to change lives and make a positive impact on the families we serve,” Young said in the press release.

This grant will help LHA residents in many ways including linking resident to training that will offer them better job opportunities, have accessibility to potential employers to partnerships that have been made possible through ROSS-SC services, have access to GED classes and tests and have access to self-enhancement workshops, according to the press release.

The only other two recipients of the award in the Magnolia State include the Natchez Housing Authority and the Choctaw Housing Authority.

For further information or questions, you can call Starlett Stover at 601-425-5958 or 601-319-8588 or email at sstover@laurelha.net. You may also go by the office at 50 Brown Circle in Laurel. 

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