CLPHA’s Abra Lyons-Warren to Serve as Expert Advisor on Youth Fields Workforce Study


CLPHA Director of Cross-Sector Initiatives Abra Lyons-Warren was recently invited to serve on an expert advisory group (EAG) for the Youth Fields Workforce Study, funded by the Wallace Foundation and led by Deborah Moroney at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and partners. In her role, Abra will represent the interests and needs of the youth fields workforce in housing authorities, advise on the study, and ensure the work can be a key driver to inform policy and practice.

Columbus housing for those who age out of foster care celebrates 1st anniversary (Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority)


From NBC 4 Columbus:

 Residents and organizers celebrated the first anniversary of the Carol Stewart Village in Franklinton, a place designed to help at-risk youth find stable housing, healthcare, and prepare them for success.

“It kind of puts you on the right track once you have the stability of housing,” said Jay Kerr, a recently placed resident of the village.

Kerr says he was 19 when his foster parents kicked him out of the house.

Scholar Houses Fill Void for Parenting Students (Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority, Louisville Metro Housing Authority)


From Housing Matters, an Urban Institute Initative:

For students who are also parents, completing higher education in an in-demand field can lead to greater opportunity and financial stability. Though a growing number of young parents are enrolling in higher education programs, postsecondary institutions are often structured to serve recent high school graduates who do not have children depending on them. 

First-generation college triplets, other students surprised with laptops from Chicago HA


From the Chicago-Sun Times:

Eighteen-year-old triplets Javier, Gerald Jr. and Miles Lumpkins are days away from heading to college — the first generation in their families to do so.

On Wednesday, their journey was made a little easier when, along with more than 170 other students at the Charles Hayes Center at 4859 S. Wabash, they took part in the Chicago Housing Authority’s annual Take Flight College Send Off.

Jerome Bettis’s ‘The Bus Stops Here’ Foundation Bringing WiFi On Wheels Bus To Pittsburgh (Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh)


From CBS 2 Pittsburgh:

Former Steelers’ Super Bowl champion Jerome Bettis is hoping to “WOW” Pittsburgh with a brand new project.

His foundation, “The Bus Stops Here” is teaming up with the housing authority and Stem Coding Lab for the “WiFi On Wheels” cyber bus.

It’s a mobile computer lab with 10-15 laptops, internet access, and a flat-screen monitor for remote learning.

Seniors learn to stay connected through technology (Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority)


From Spectrum News 1:

While more people are becoming digitally connected, there is still a notable digital divide between younger and older Americans.

This is why the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority is working to connect seniors to the internet through a digital learning class.

One participant in this class was Oscar Lawrence.

Lawrence learned the basics of how to use a computer and typing.

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