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Housing Department Receives Grant to Help Public Housing Residents Find JobsHousing Department Receives Grant to Help Public Housing Residents Find Jobs<div class="ExternalClassA96F4DDBC59B4FCA9AF6ADE8EBC2D220"><p>The city of Phoenix Housing Department has been awarded a $2 million grant through the Jobs Plus Initiative Program from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help low-income public housing residents secure higher paying jobs.</p><p>The HUD Jobs Plus Initiative Program assists public housing agencies in developing locally-based, job-driven approaches to increase resident earnings and advance employment outcomes through work readiness, employer connections, job placement and educational opportunities. </p><p>"To help shape a Phoenix economy that works for everyone, we must do all we can to remove barriers for residents trying to enter the workforce," said Mayor Greg Stanton. "This grant will help public housing residents overcome any obstacles to finding, and keeping, higher-paying jobs."</p><p>The grant will provide four years of funding, $500,000 per year, which will be used to support the iWORK Program (Improving Work Opportunities and Resident Knowledge) at the city's Marcos de Niza community.  The iWORK team will help identify underlying issues residents may have, such as fear of failure, childcare options and assistance, and will encourage participation in English classes for those with limited English proficiency.</p><p>"Meaningful employment is a pathway to economic security, and I'm excited that the Marcos de Niza community is one of 24 nationwide to receive this valuable job training resource," said Vice Mayor Kate Gallego.</p><p>HUD's <a href="http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/administration/grants/fundsavail/nofa16/jpi">Jobs Plus Initiative Program</a> brings employment and training services directly to public housing properties. Since the program was launched by HUD in the spring of 2015, it has now reached 24 communities throughout the nation. </p><p>For information about the services and programs offered by the Phoenix Housing Department, call 602-262-6794 or visit phoenix.gov/housing.  Follow us on Twitter @phxhousing.  </p></div>9/29/2016 3:00:00 PMAlejandro Montiel, 602-534-3443Housing Department602-262-6794