The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh’s Family Self Sufficiency Program was one of several funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which awarded Pittsburgh $350,339 this year.
It’s a renewal grant, but there are no guarantees that each year’s funding will be approved, according to Michelle Sandidge, chief community affairs officer for the housing authority.
The money pays the salaries of eight service coordinators the authority employs to manage cases for its Family Self Sufficiency Program, which helps people achieve goals like owning a home or to make other improvements to their lives, like furthering their education or getting a better job, Sandidge said.
More than 350 people participate the program, she said, and countless others have completed it over the last 15 years or so.
“It just works with residents to help them achieve whatever their dreams are. It’s just helping somebody through some challenges they have,” Sandidge said.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to state the correct program to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.