Press Release

HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT (HUD) GRANT TO ASSIST FAMILIES ACHIEVE SELF-SUFFIENCY IN LAREDO

Congressman Cuellar announces $44,608 in federal funds

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Washington, December 13, 2007 | comments

Rep. Henry Cuellar announced today that the Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded the City of Laredo a $44,608 grant for the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program. As one of the Housing Choice Voucher programs, the FSS program promotes the development of local strategies that enable families to achieve economic independence and self-sufficiency.  

“Helping those less fortunate is the essence of a community, and this HUD grant exemplifies that goal,” said Cuellar. “With HUD’s funding, local agencies can work together to move families in the right direction.”

Family Self-Sufficiency, a HUD program, encourages communities to coordinate the use of assistance with public and private resources. Public Housing Agencies (PHA) work with welfare agencies, schools, businesses, and other local partners to develop a comprehensive plan that gives FSS family members the skills and experience to progress.

The FSS program also offers services, including child care, transportation, education, job training and employment counseling, substance/alcohol abuse treatment or counseling, household skill training, homeownership counseling.

“I am pleased to see that so many families will now be able to receive services that encourage and guide them as they make the changes to live financially-independent lives,” said Cuellar.

For more information on grants, please contact the Office of Congressman Henry Cuellar at (202) 225-1640.

Congressman Henry Cuellar is a member of the House Homeland Security, Small Business, and Agriculture Committees in the 110th Congress; accessibility to constituents, education, health care, economic development and national security are his priorities. Congressman Cuellar is also a Senior Whip.

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