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One of the
JCHA's primary strategic goals is to promote and support resident self-sufficiency.
This goal states that the JCHA will:
"Increase the proportion of working families throughout the JCHA public and
assisted housing communities" and will do so by promoting and supporting
residents effortsto gain, sustain and improve employment, first targeting< residents at the Curries
Woods revitalization site and new communities and then expanding to
the other existing public housing communities."
The JCHA has and will continue creatively leverages its existing resources and aggressively pursues new sources
of funding in order to develop employment opportunities for residents.
The following describes some
of the programs, opportunities and policies that encourage residents to find and
stay with decent, sustaining employment and to advance in their jobs.
HOPE VI Self Sufficiency Program
Case Management Team of professional case managers focus on TANF and other unemployed
and underemployed residents;
Individual computer instruction with college interns;
Job Readiness Workshops;
Job search on the internet, assistance with resume;
Referrals to private sector employment opportunities as part of special JCHA recruitment
initiatives with selected local employers;
- Follow-up after job placement;
Linkages to JCHA employment opportunities described below and referrals to local
programs and services that support employment in the larger community.
Section 3 Employment
Aggressive enforcement of HUD's requirement that contractors employ residents and
other low-income area residents in construction work at public housing communities.
HOPE VI-funded Section 3 Officer coordinates recruitment and encourages longer term
work for residents already experienced with Section 3 employment.
Jobs range from skilled trades to laborers to security, and in duration from a few
weeks to a few months.
JCHA Resident Employment
A long-standing hiring preference for public housing residents;
Currently almost one-half of all JCHA staff (inclusive of TAB and RMC positions)
are current or former residents;
Resident employees serve in clerical, maintenance, skilled, managerial and administrative
Social Service Liaison
Addresses residents' drug use and other criminal-related problems and/or non-payment
Referrals to local social service program in the area to prevent the necessity of
the more punitive approach of eviction.
Policies that Support Self-Sufficiency
In addition to the above described
programs and services, the JCHA has and will implement rent and admission policies
that support and encourage resident's efforts to move from "welfare to work" and
from underemployment to sustaining employment.
New income from new employment will not be considered in determining a family's
rent in order to encourage residents to become employed, participate in training
programs and move away from welfare. In the first year, 100% of the new income
will be "disregarded" and in the second year, the family's rent may be increased
by no more than 50%.
- Admission and Transfer Preferences:
Preferences in both residents admissions and transfers are given to applicant and
resident families who are or have been working.