Grants awarded to help Rhode Island public housing residents
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Housing authorities across Rhode Island are receiving a total of more than $1 million in federal funding to help public housing residents.
Rhode Island’s congressional delegation announced the funding Thursday for programs that help local housing authorities work with residents to find work, get job training and become financially independent.
Cities and towns that will receive nearly $1.1 million in federal Family Self-Sufficiency funds include Central Falls, Coventry, Cumberland, East Greenwich, East Providence, Narragansett, North Providence, Pawtucket, Providence and Warwick, in addition to statewide programs. The Family Self-Sufficiency program is administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat, said it’s a smart investment that will help program participants gain skills and increase their earning power. U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, also a Rhode Island Democrat, said the federal funds will deliver much needed assistance to housing authorities throughout the state.
In Providence, nearly 200 public housing residents are taking part in the program run by the Providence Housing Authority. Providence received the largest grant, nearly $220,000.