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HUD Announces Nearly $2 million to Empower HUD-Assisted Families in Iowa Towards Financial Stability and Savings

2/16/2024

DES MOINES – Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced over $128 million to 835 Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) and Project Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) owners for the 2023 Renewal and New Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) Program grants. This funding highlights HUD and the Biden-Harris Administration’s continued efforts to support families by providing financial resources to achieve economic independence. Public Housing Agencies and PBRA owners in Iowa received $1.95 million including $102,438 in first-time awards of FSS for properties in Des Moines. See a list of properties receiving FSS below in charts.

“Financial literacy, job training and educational opportunities are some of the resources the FSS program connects HUD-assisted families to so that they have the chance to find employment and build assets,” said HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. “HUD remains committed to working with our local partners to empower residents and promote economic justice for all Americans.”

“These funds are a proven pathway to real success stories,” said HUD Great Plains Regional Administrator Ulysses Clayborn. “I have toured the Great Plains region and have seen first-hand that FSS has the power to transform lives, helping those that want to help themselves to move from poverty to prosperity.”

The FSS program is a voluntary initiative offered to families in HUD-assisted housing. Participants receive coaching, referrals to services, and establish a family escrow savings account. FSS Program Coordinators provide coaching and develop local strategies to connect participating families with public and private resources. These resources aim to increase their earned income and financial empowerment, reduce, or eliminate the need for welfare assistance, and facilitate progress toward economic independence and self-sufficiency.

“Regardless of how much money one might make, where they live, whether or not they receive assistance, every person in this country deserves to have the sense of security for their families that comes with consistent saving,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Richard Monocchio. “We are thrilled to offer the benefits of the FSS program to more participants than ever before.”

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The FSS program is the nation’s largest asset-building program for low-income families, funding over 1,450 coordinators next year, who will serve over 69,000 residents in public, voucher, and multifamily housing. In 2015, Congress authorized PBRA owners to run FSS programs. Last year was the first year that PBRA owners were allowed to apply for the program. Between last year and this year, we have funded 91 new PBRA programs.

Unequal access to savings, negative or invisible credit history, and low relative engagement in mainstream banking are national problems that especially impact renters and contribute to the racial wealth gap. This leaves renters with a minimal safety net to draw from in times of unemployment or unanticipated expenses such as car repair or medical emergencies. The FSS program helps to keep the unexpected from becoming larger financial problems through savings and support.

A list of the FSS awards can be viewed here for the new awards and the renewal awards.

New FSS Awards in Iowa

State City Legal Name Total Recommended Amount
IA Des Moines Oakridge Neighborhood Associates, Limited Partnership $102,438

Renewal FSS Funding in Iowa

State Type Legal Name Total Amount City
IA PHA City of Sioux City Housing Authority $213,896 Sioux City
IA PHA City of Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency $329,862 Des Moines
IA PHA Iowa City Housing Authority $210,000 Iowa City
IA PHA City of Cedar Rapids $213,896 Cedar Rapids
IA PHA Muscatine, City of d/b/a Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency $82,641 Muscatine
IA PHA City of Dubuque $190,071 Dubuque
IA PHA Municipal Housing Agency of the City of Fort Dodge $117,600 Fort Dodge
IA PHA Southern Iowa Regional Housing Authority $97,225 Creston
IA PHA Eastern Iowa Regional Housing Authority $352,928 Dubuque
IA PHA Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority $35,000 GRIMES
TOTAL     $1,843,119  

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