The Nez Perce Tribal Housing Authority will hire case workers to connect assisted-housing families with services that can improve their quality of life, thanks to a $240,000 grant from U.S. Housing and Urban Development.
The funds were among $3.7 million awarded in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, and $95 million awarded nationwide.
The housing authority’s funds were awarded through HUD’s Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency—Service Coordinators Program, designed to help individuals and families find employment or increase theirearned income, 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.
At Nez Perce, local program coordinators funded by the grant will 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 to bolster their self-sufficiency. They will also work with elders and persons with disabilities to help them maintain their independent lifestyle.
The housing authority operates low-rent housing in Lapwai and Kamiah, Section 8 housing, lease-with-option-to-purchase programs, mortgage finance assistance programs, homeowner-builder homesite lots, savings accounts with matching funds for home purchases and repairs, and home rehab and repair assistance.