Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson speaks to the audience before President Donald Trump speaks at the 2018 Young Black Leadership Summit in the East Room of the White House, Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

SALT LAKE CITY — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded $396,450 to two Utah entities in an effort to help public housing residents become self-sufficient.

The Housing Authority of the County of Salt Lake and the Utah Paiute Tribal Housing Authority, based in Cedar City, will receive $239,250 and $157,200, respectively. The grants, part of $28 million distributed to public housing authorities and nonprofit organizations across the nation, will be used to hire or retain service coordinators to help residents find jobs and educational opportunities through the department’s Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency - Service Coordinators Program.

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The service coordinators work directly with residents to assess their needs and connect them with education, job training and placement programs, or computer and financial literacy services available in their community to promote self-sufficiency.

“Providing families who live in public housing the opportunity to invest in themselves is a win-win as it helps them to gain economic and housing independence,” HUD Secretary Ben Carson said in a statement. “Today, we’re investing in our residents, offering them the tools they need to build a brighter future for themselves and their children.”