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It’s always nice when we get extra money.

The money is coming here to Michigan to help find jobs and for the disabled and elderly to continue living independently.

The source of this financial boon is the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The amount is a very pleasing $5 million.

The grant will help public and assisted housing residents. And, it will provide for case workers to give support directly to the families that need it.

This is part of a $95 million national grant being spread around in various programs across the country that work to help residents with education, job training, and placement programs. The hope, of course, is that it will help to increase incomes, and work toward an independence the would allow some to the leave welfare rolls.

It will also mean hiring and retaining about 650 employees.

Midwest Regional Administrator Antonio R. Riley says, “Michigan will receive nearly $5 million to assist residents find the needed education, training and ultimately jobs or needed services.”

HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan comments, “Providing housing assistance alone is often not enough to help individuals increase their independence.” He maintains, “The service coordinators funded through these programs open doors that help HUD-assisted families find jobs, access services and assist the elderly and disabled to continue living as independently as possible in their homes.”

Some communities will receive more funding for certain programs than others. Highland Park appears to be getting the most financial assistance.

Riley adds, “The program is an important step to help clients living in public and assisted housing to achieve independence.”

More information is available at: www.hud.gov.

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