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Schumer Announces Over $61,000 In Federal Dollars For The Ithaca Housing Authority

Federal Funds Awarded as part of the Department of Housing and Urban Development Grant Programs

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced $61,328 has been awarded to the Ithaca Housing Authority in Tompkins County by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the Housing Choice VoucherFamily Self Sufficiency (FSS) Program. "This is great news for Ithaca," said Schumer. "The program coordinators are an essential part of the programs that move future homeowners towards selfsufficiency and independence. By providing support for prospective first time homeowners, initiatives like this stabilize neighborhoods and revitalize communities."

The Housing Choice Voucher Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) program provides funding to eligible applicants to pay the salary of FFS Program Coordinator and Homeownership Program Coordinators that link program participants to training and supportive services necessary to achieve economic independence and self sufficiency. FSS is a HUD program that encourages communities to develop local strategies to help voucher families obtain employment that will lead to economic independence and selfsufficiency. Public housing agencies (PHAs) work with welfare agencies, schools, businesses, and other local partners to develop a comprehensive program that gives participating FSS family members the skills and experience to enable them to obtain employment that pays a living wage.