U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
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HUD Awards Nearly $82,000 to Help Youth Living in Milwaukee Public Housing Afford College and Continue Education

“Education Navigators” will help students and their families apply for federal student aid

MILWAUKEE – To help low-income youth and their families apply for federal student aid for college and other post-secondary educational opportunities, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded approximately $2.5 million to nine Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) to hire “Education Navigators” to guide them through the application process.

The Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) for Education Program, also known as Project SOAR (Students + Opportunities + Achievements = Results), is a new demonstration program that provides grant funding to public housing authorities to deploy education navigators to help public housing youth ages of 15-20 and their families apply for the U.S. Department of Education’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), as well as assist with financial literacy and college readiness, post-secondary program applications and post-acceptance assistance.

“Achieving the dream of a college education is becoming more of a reality for hundreds of students living in HUD-assisted housing,” said HUD Secretary Julián Castro. “This is an investment in our young people by putting them on a path to a college degree and creating greater opportunity to more prosperous lives.”

HUD awarded grants to the following public housing authorities:

Public Housing Authority City State Grant Amount
Chicago Housing Authority Chicago IL $452,000
City of Phoenix Housing Department Phoenix AZ $452,000
Housing Authority of the City of High Point High Point NC $156,938
Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles Los Angeles CA $452,000
Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee Milwaukee WI $81,800
Housing Authority of the City of Prichard Prichard AL $106,049
Housing Authority of the City of Seattle Seattle WA $452,000
Northwest Georgia Housing Authority Rome GA $100,000
Philadelphia Housing Authority Philadelphia PA $300,356
TOTAL $2,553,143

*Read project summaries of the grants announced today.

Increased access to higher education can significantly improve life outcomes. The Department of Education estimates that those who earn a bachelor’s degree earn two-thirds more than those with only a high school diploma or an average of $1 million more in lifetime earnings. In addition, college graduates are far less likely to face unemployment. It’s also estimated that within the next four years, two-thirds of all new full-time jobs will require a college education.

ROSS for Education is one of several HUD initiatives to increase access to federal financial aid for HUD-assisted families and students.

HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.govand http://espanol.hud.gov.

You can also connect with HUD on social media and follow Secretary Castro on Twitter and Facebookor sign up for news alerts on HUD’s Email List.

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