The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $2.5 million to help Ohio public housing agencies, and several groups in our area were awarded funding.
The money is to be used to help the agencies retain or hire service coordinators to work directly with families who participate in the Housing Choice Voucher Program.
The Zanesville Metropolitan Housing Authority was awarded $183,444. The Athens Metropolitan Housing Authority will receive $41,276 and Morgan Metropolitan Housing Authority will get $21,341.
Participants in the Housing Choice Voucher Program sign a contract that requires the head of the household will get a job and the family will no longer receive welfare assistance at the end of the five-year-term.
As the family’s income increases, a portion is placed in an escrow account. If the family completes the program they can then use the escrow funds for any purpose they choose.