Federal funds announced for Parkersburg Housing Authority

PARKERSBURG – The Parkersburg Housing Authority is getting federal funds to continue helping clients improve their economic situation.

U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller and Rep. Nick Rahall, all West Virginia Democrats, announced Tuesday that more than $227,300 had been awarded to seven housing authorities in the state under the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Housing Choice Voucher Family Self-sufficiency program.

The largest amount, $36,462, goes to the Parkersburg Housing Authority, a state-chartered, private, nonprofit entity dedicated to helping low-income families attain safe, affordable housing opportunities.

The money will continue to fund the salary of a coordinator to direct families receiving housing vouchers to job-training, education and related assistance, said D.J. Haynes, executive director of the Parkersburg Housing Authority.

The coordinator’s job is “providing families with guidance on setting goals to reach economic self-sufficiency,” she said.

The program serves 50 families a year.

“Normally what we do is we connect them with other service providers, whether it’s job-training, resume-writing, financial aid (for education), child care,” Haynes said.

Agencies the authority works with include Workforce West Virginia, the Consumer Credit Counseling Service and West Virginia University at Parkersburg.

“As West Virginians, we understand the importance of supporting those in our community who have fallen on hard times,” Manchin said in an emailed release. “We should do all we can to make sure that our neighbors have the resources they need to get back on their feet, contribute to their communities and provide for their families. These funds will help West Virginians who are struggling with unemployment gain the skills and training to find good-paying jobs and become self-sufficient.”