POLK COUNTY -- The West Valley Housing Authority (WVHA) received a $15,419 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The grant, funded through HUD's Public Housing Family Self-Sufficiency Program, will pay for a WVHA employee to serve as a part-time coordinator for the county's self-sufficiency program through Family Public Housing.
The coordinator helps clients connect with educational and training opportunities and job placement organizations. The five-year program's goal is to help participants gain financial security.
"Part of our mission is to help our clients reach self sufficiency and economic independence," said Linda Jennings, West Valley's executive director.
Additionally, as clients earn more income, their rent increases. Any increase they pay is collected and put into an escrow account. Those who graduate from the program will have access to the funds to help pay for education, buying a home or other expenses -- such as car repair -- to help clients find or keep jobs.
WVHA has 10 Family Self-Sufficiency Program slots available.
HUD issued more than $642,800 grants to nine public housing authorities in Idaho, Oregon and Washington, a HUD press release said.
For more information on the Family Self-Sufficiency Program: Shawn Motter, 503-623-8387, ext. 13.