Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs - Building Homes and Strengthening Communities
May 9, 2011
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Gordon Anderson (512) 475-4743

State awards $65,000 to regional nonprofit in helping lift migrant farmworkers out of poverty

(AUSTIN) — The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) today announced a $65,062 award to a Laredo-based regional nonprofit organization working to reduce the number of migrant farmworker households living in poverty and helping them transition toward greater self-sufficiency.

Asociacion Pro Servicios Sociales (APSS) will use the award to provide direct assistance to an estimated 1,100 migrant and seasonal farmworkers through transportation assistance to and from employment, rental and utility assistance, food vouchers, medical costs, communication and translation services, legal services, and clothing for children. APSS serves low income clients living in Jim Hogg, Starr, Webb, and Zapata counties.

“Helping Texans transition out of poverty and toward self-sufficiency is a critical component of TDHCA’s mission,” noted TDHCA Executive Director Michael Gerber. “Meeting the unique needs of migrant farmworkers furthers this aspect of our mission and helps more individuals achieve self-sufficiency. In turn, this allows the state to measure our success by the number of low income persons who are no longer dependent on the state for financial assistance.”

The award was part of a $750,000 discretionary fund award under the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Program and represents a portion of the state’s $33 million annual allocation from the federal government. In addition to APSS, TDHCA also awarded discretionary funds to four other regional nonprofit organizations serving migrant/seasonal farmworkers or Native American populations and two statewide organizations providing homelessness services or assisting other nonprofit agencies through training and research.

The CSBG Program assists households earning no more than 125 percent of the federal poverty guideline, which is an annual income of $22,050 for a family of four. Funding for the program comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and supports a variety of direct services in addition to helping maintain the core administrative elements of local partner organizations.

For more information about the CSBG Program, CSBG eligible organizations and their designated service area, please call TDHCA’s Community Services Section at (512) 475-3950 or visit the Section’s Web site at www.tdhca.state.tx.us/cs.htm#csbg.

About the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs
The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs administers a number of state and federal programs through for-profit, nonprofit, and local government partnerships to strengthen communities through affordable housing development, homeownership opportunities, weatherization, and community-based services for Texans in need.

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