- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says it is investing more than $24 million over four years to nine public housing authorities and their partners to help residents secure higher paying jobs and become self-sufficient.

HUD Secretary Julián Castro announced the funding during a news conference in Charlotte on Thursday with Mayor Dan Clodfelter, Rep. Alma Adams, D-N.C., and the city’s housing authority.

HUD’s Jobs-Plus Pilot Program links the housing authority with employment and training services, new rent rules that make work pay, and neighbor-to-neighbor outreaching to demonstrate how cross-agency partnerships can help public housing residents.

Money also has been awarded to housing authorities in Chicago, Boston, St. Louis, Houston, Syracuse, New York, Memphis, Tennessee, Roanoke, Virginia, and the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority in Cleveland.

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