Cicilline Announces $580K for Public Housing Agencies in Rhode Island

Mar 25, 2011 Issues: Education

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) announced today that the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) awarded $580,144 to public housing agencies in Rhode Island including the Central Falls Housing Authority, Housing Authority of the City of Pawtucket, Rhode Island Housing, The Housing Authority of the City of Providence and Town of Cumberland Housing Authority.

“Provided through HUD’s Housing Choice - Voucher Family Self-Sufficiency Program (HCV/FSS), these funds will allow public housing agencies in Central Falls, Cumberland, Pawtucket and Providence to link low-income families with critical education and job training to put them on the path toward economic independence and self-sufficiency,” said Congressman Cicilline.  

“This funding for the Family Self-Sufficiency program will help us continue to provide participants with important training, education and services," said Richard Godfrey, Executive Director of Rhode Island Housing, "FSS helps Housing Choice Voucher holders gain the skills and experience necessary to obtain jobs and eventually achieve financial independence."

“We want to thank HUD and all involved for continuing to support and fund the Family Self Sufficiency programs nationwide.  FSS is providing great support for low-income families pursuing their goals and making great strides toward self -sufficiency.   We strongly encourage HUD to fully fund all FSS programs,” said Deidre Quintal, FSS/ Homeownership Coordinator on behalf of the Cumberland Housing Authority.

The grants allow public housing agencies to work with schools, businesses, and other local partners to develop a comprehensive program to help individuals already participating in HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher Program increase their education or gain marketable skills that will enable them to obtain jobs that pay a living wage.

“The Central Falls Family Housing Authority is grateful for this award,” said Tina Marie Sullivan, Executive Director of Central Falls Housing Authority, “The Central Falls Family Housing Authority FSS program will use these funds to help the underprivileged families of Central Falls become better trained, better educated and build better work ethics, that will break the cycle of dependence on public assistance.”

“The housing authority is pleased to receive this grant funding as we feel that it is part of our mission to work with our clients to achieve the economic independence that they desire,” said Stephen Vadnais, Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the City of Pawtucket.