HUD gives Philadelphia $360K to help families reach self-sufficiency

Mike Dougherty
February 17, 2019 - 4:00 am

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The Department of Housing and Urban Development is pumping millions of dollars into cities around the country in an effort to get people on a path to self-sufficiency. HUD secretary Ben Carson visited Philadelphia to hand over a big, fat check. 

The Philadelphia Housing Authority got $360,000. While that might not seem like much for a city of this size, PHA Chief Operating Officer Lopa Kollouri says it will allow them to hire more financial coordinators to help people reach their goals.

"They're really a key component," Kollouri said, "I think this money is really going to go far in terms of actually helping us get to the next level in financial self-sufficiency."

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Tommi Spriggs says her financial coaches made buying a home possible.

"They helped me build my credit score," Spriggs said. "They pay for your housing counseling. They send you to all these programs. I went to every program."

Spriggs says most people in the public housing system simply don't know about all of the programs and assistance available to them. 

PHA officials say the grant also will help raise awareness.