The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles County Development Authority were awarded $4 million to help 1,950 families move to improved living situations, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Thursday.
HUD provides about $50 million to regional Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration Program participants, which provides services to families including:
— pre- and post-move support;
— family financial assistance;
— property owner outreach; and
— housing search assistance and navigation in low poverty areas.
Families are eligible for the program if they have at least one child under the age of 13. The purpose of the program is to offer mobility-related services that help increase the number of voucher families that move into “opportunity areas,” including areas with high quality schools, according to HUD’s website.
“Collaboration and strong community partnerships are fundamental to increasing impact and getting things done,” said HACLA President/CEO Doug Guthrie. “This federal funding from HUD allows us to do just that by working with the LACDA to expand the Housing Choice Voucher Program throughout the city and county of Los Angeles.”
Emilio Salas, executive director of LACDA, said: “We are honored to receive this grant and to partner with HACLA on this initiative. Through our partnership, we can eliminate jurisdictional boundaries and help families across the county move to higher opportunity areas.”
The agencies have contracted the Poverty and Race Research Action Council to assist with the program’s implementation, officials said.