Congressman Matt Cartwright

Representing the 17th District of Pennsylvania
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Cartwright announces $210,000 in Housing and Urban Development Funds to Wilkes-Barre Housing Authority

Sep 29, 2017
Press Release

Wilkes-Barre, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced $210,000 has been awarded to the Wilkes-Barre Housing Authority by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through its Resident Opportunities and Self-Service Coordinators program. This award was part of HUD’s allocation of $2 million in grants to public housing authorities and non-profit organizations across the nation and was the only one awarded in Pennsylvania.

Funding under this program helps public housing authorities, resident associations, non-profit organizations, Indian tribes or entities representing Indian tribes 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.

“The funds are an investment in our communities to improve the coordination of our service agencies by linking public housing assistance with public and private resources,” said Rep. Cartwright, a member of the House Appropriations Committee. This program will help public housing residents in Wilkes-Barre get the help they need to become more self-sufficient and make progress toward economic independence.”

HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market, bolster the economy and protect consumers, meet the need for quality affordable rental homes, utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life, build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination, and transform the way HUD does business.