Housing Authority awarded $197K

ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Housing Authority has been awarded $197,708 through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Resident Opportunity and Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) Grant Program.

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), chairwoman of the Housing Appropriations Subcommittee, made the announcement last Friday.

The Brewer and Bangor housing authorities also were awarded funding. The City of Brewer Housing Authority will receive $206,250 and the City of Bangor Housing Authority will receive $235,306.

The ROSS program provides funding to hire service coordinators who assess the needs of residents of public or Indian housing and coordinate available resources in the community to meet those needs. This program works to promote the development of local strategies to coordinate with public and private resources to provide supportive services and resident empowerment activities. These services enable participating families to increase earned income, reduce or eliminate the need for welfare assistance, make progress toward achieving economic independence and housing self-sufficiency, or, in the case of elderly or disabled residents, help improve living conditions and enable residents to age in place.

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