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Yarmuth Announces $500,000 Housing Grant for Metro Louisville

(Louisville, KY)  Today, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) announced that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $500,000 to Louisville Metro Housing Authority.  The grant was awarded from HUD's $29 million Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) program.

The grants are awarded to public housing authorities (PHAs), resident organizations or non-profit organizations acting on behalf of residents to encourage and promote self-sufficiency among residents.  Of the 105 cities nationwide, which received Ross Grants, only New York City and Boston received a larger share.

"The American Dream of home ownership is out of reach for far too many families  However, with this funding we will be able to ensure that more families have the job training and support services they need to succeed in the workforce and the pursuit of home ownership," Congressman Yarmuth said.  "I am very pleased that we are able to provide support to help keep the Louisville community growing and thriving."

Louisville Metro Housing Authority will use this funding to provide public housing residents with homeownership counseling, in addition to education, job training, and employment services, including GED classes, adult education, personal finance training through the Center for Women and Families, and life skills.  The money will also provide supportive services such as after-school tutoring, childcare, and transportation in addition to Louisville's highly successful Children Have Options in Choosing Experiences program (CHOICE).

"Louisville appreciates Congressman Yarmuth's support in helping our community secure these funds that will truly make a measurable difference in the lives of our residents who are working hard to make a better life for their families,"  Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson said.

In total, Kentucky received $950,000 from the ROSS grant, with Owensboro, Martin, and Somerset each receiving $150,000.