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(Fri., May 14, 2010)—Mayor Mufi Hannemann today announced that the federal government has awarded $185,980 to the City’s Department of Community Services to continue its Family Self-Sufficiency Program on Oahu.


            “This important program has helped many of our low-income families who received rental housing assistance overcome barriers and achieve their employment and housing goals,” Hannemann said. “I’m very pleased that it will be able to continue providing these important services to our community.”


            The money will be provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The City’s program includes financial management and homeownership counseling, case management, and links to job training and educational enhancement assistance to improve participants’ earning potential.


            “It is clear that HUD continues to recognize the great work our City staff does to assist low-income families, prevent homelessness, and facilitate gainful employment,” Hannemann said. “Whereas most community programs only help the head of household or specific individuals of a household, the City’s Family Self-Sufficiency program helps whole families.” 


Nearly 700 families have received help through the program since 2001, and 100 graduates also became eligible for HUD’s monetary escrow incentive. Twenty-three families that were formerly in the City’s Section 8 Rental Assistance Housing Program have achieved their goal of homeownership through their participation in the City’s FSS program.  





Judy Pulido, Family Self-Sufficiency Program, Department of Community Services, 768-7090.