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HUD awards $2.3M to help low-income public housing residents


TOLEDO, OH, MARCH 8, 2019: To help low-income public housing residents increase their income and move toward self-sufficiency, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $10.6 million to four Public Housing Authorities (PHAs), including $2.3 million to the Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority (LMHA). HUD’s Jobs Plus Initiative connects public housing residents with employment, education and financial empowerment services—a proven model to help public housing residents find and keep better paying  jobs.  


“The Jobs Plus Initiative facilitates work readiness to promote gainful employment and advancement opportunities,” said HUD Midwest Regional Administrator Joseph P. Galván. “The foundation of this program is premised upon three core components: employment and training, financial incentives to increase earnings and community support creating a culture of work.”


“With Lucas County recorded as one of twelve counties with the highest percentage of residents living in poverty in Ohio, we recognize the significance of LMHA receiving the coveted Jobs Plus grant,” Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz said. “It is imperative that we continue to identify sustainable strategies to address the county’s poverty rate of 25 percent. This grant presents an important resource to provide wrap around services to our most vulnerable families. We are eager to continue our partnership with LMHA by providing employment for residents with the goal of identifying permanent opportunities.”

 “We are thrilled to have received the Jobs Plus Initiative Grant!" said Demetria Simpson, President and Chief Executive Officer, LMHA. "Its mission to help low-income public housing residents and families secure higher-paying jobs and work towards achieving financial self-sufficiency aligns with our Strategic Planning Goals, over the next five years, to provide pathways to a better quality of life for our residents," said Simpson. "The Jobs Plus Initiative Grant is a first for Toledo Lucas County and a critical component in creating a framework for building self-sufficiency in our residents' lives, as well as expanding our partnership with HUD and the community.”

HUD’s Jobs Plus grants are awarded to the following public housing authorities:



Public Housing Authority




Housing Authority County of San Joaquin



Housing Authority of the City of

Los Angeles

Los Angeles



Gainesville Housing Authority




Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority








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