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HUD Awards Grants to Fund Service Coordinators Program with Emphasis on Finding Jobs for Public Housing Residents; Launches "Innovation of the Day" Crowd Sourcing Tool; Plans Innovation Summit This Winter
Aug 21, 2012

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded nearly $35 million in grants to public housing authorities, resident associations and non-profit organizations across the U.S. to help public housing residents find jobs and achieve economic and housing independence. The funding will also link the elderly and people with disabilities with supportive services that allow them to maintain independent living and age-in-place.

HUD's Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency  - Service Coordinators Program (ROSS-SC) helps public housing authorities (PHAs), resident associations or non-profit organizations hire or retain "service coordinators" who work directly with residents to assess their needs and connect them with education, job training and placement programs and/or computer and financial literacy services available in their community to promote self-sufficiency. For an elderly or disabled resident, the service coordinator arranges supportive services that allow them to maintain their independence.

News Release / Listing of Grant Amounts by State

HUD has also launched Innovation of the Day, a new online platform that will collect and share innovative practices in affordable housing, community development, and urban planning from around the world. Its purpose is to seek new ideas that can be leveraged not only within HUD, but among other agencies, communities, philanthropic organizations, non-profit agencies, and the public. 

Innovation of the Day aims to discover and analyze emerging trends, issues, and solutions from the field to federal policy making. This new platform will connect local HUD and regional offices with private, public, and non-profits so that they may collaborate and share their experiences, practices and resources on ways to strengthen local communities.

The new platform will consist of a submission form and innovations database for use by anyone, ranging from the general public to researchers. The site will feature select innovations highlighting some of best innovations HUD receives. The site will also include a dashboard to reveal trends such as geography or innovation theme.

This winter, HUD will host its first Innovation Summit to bring together policymakers, nonprofits organizations, and practitioners to facilitate the sharing of ideas and to stimulate policy development at all levels.

News Release