Alabama Gets HUD Grant for Public Housing Residents

Alabama will share in $11.9 million in federal grant money designed to help residents of the nation's public housing authorities find jobs that could lead to economic independence. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will give Alabama $353,441 as part of its Public and Indian Housing Family Self-Sufficiency Program.

The program lets public housing authorities hire program coordinators to connect residents with local education and training opportunities, job placement organizations and local employers. Participating public housing residents sign a contract to participate, and commit to a list of employment goals for five years. More than 200 public housing authorities are receiving money.