Peru will benefit from $54 million HUD grant

Peru is among 13 communities in Indiana that will share a nearly $1 million credit to help low-income families.

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced the grant for 13 public housing agencies on Thursday. It totals $913,571.

It will allow public housing agencies to work with welfare agencies, schools and businesses, to help families with the necessary education and job training to put them on the path to self-sufficiency.

The funding comes through HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher Family Self-Sufficiency Program. “This program is absolutely critical in today’s economy,” said Donovan. “When families are given the tools they need to move beyond the voucher program, they do. Ultimately, they become self-sufficient and more vouchers become available for other families, some who have been waiting for long periods to receive housing assistance.”

The Housing Authority of South Bend will receive $36,748. The Housing Authority of Elkhart will receive $89,888.

Fort Wayne, Peru, Indianapolis, Hammond and Terre Haute are also among the recipients.

The agencies in Indiana are among nearly 600 in the nation that will receive about $54 million in grants.

Jessie Rymers

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