HUD awarded nearly $1.7 million public housing authorities in Massachusetts, including $240,000 to the Worcester Housing Authority. The funds represent the state’s share of the roughly $35 million HUD distributed across the country for its Residential Opportunities and Self Sufficiency – Service Coordinators (ROSS-SC) program. Through its support of public housing authorities, resident associations and non-profit groups, ROSS-SC aims to help public housing residents find jobs and achieve economic and housing independence through the creation of innovative local strategies. The program also hopes to reduce or eliminate the need for welfare assistance. The WHA’s award of $240,000 was the smallest of the grants awarded in Massachusetts. The Boston Housing Authority received $729,000, and the Holyoke, Medford and Taunton Housing Authorities received awards of $243,000 each.