Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today joined Mayor A C Wharton and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) General Deputy Assistant Secretary Jemine Bryon to announce a $3 million federal grant that will fund a pilot program to enroll nearly 300 Memphians at Foote Homes in job training and other programs, ultimately placing at least 60 of them in good-paying jobs in Shelby County. The funding for the pilot program comes through HUD’s Jobs-plus Community Revitalization Initiative, a program that Congressman Cohen voted for in the House that is aimed at significantly increasing employment and income of public housing residents.
“Throughout my career I have remained committed to creating jobs and reducing poverty in Memphis and throughout the Ninth District,” said Congressman Cohen. “Today’s infusion of $3 million for Foote Homes will have a real impact in our community, helping nearly 300 Memphians learn the skills they need to find good-paying jobs—a key component of reducing persistent poverty. I was proud to support the legislation that funded this pilot program and will continue my efforts to bring jobs to Memphis.” read more