HUD’s Office of Policy Development & Research has recently published a report detailing the Long-Term Effects from the Original Jobs Plus Demonstration. The Jobs Plus demonstration aimed to increase economic empowerment and mobility for public housing residents through on-site employment services, rent-based work incentives, and supportive work activities.
From the New York Times:
Sarah Adams, a teacher, started a side business selling her Jamaican grandmother’s rum cake in 2015 with $5,000 from her husband’s retirement savings. Soon, she was handing out samples at markets and street festivals, building her company, Ms. Macs, one tin at a time.
From the DelCo Times:
Leaning on the wisdom of Madam C.J. Walker, the Entrepreneur Innovation Center opened for business Thursday at the Booker T. Washington Community Center.
In spearheading the concept for the center, Marrea Walker-Smith was motivated by the famous Walker quote: “Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them.”
From Spectrum News 1 Cincinnati:
Armed with half a dozen paintbrushes, a handful of rollers and a few buckets of paint, a dozen residents with Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority hoped to brighten up their community space and employment outlook with a little hands-on training.
From Cambridge Day:
The Cambridge Housing Authority’s Workforce Program that helps youths living in public housing prepare for college or a career has received a $100,000 grant from the Cummings Foundation. The grant, to be distributed over two years, will support the program while government aid has dwindled.
From Real Estate Weekly:
The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is nearing completion of a of 1.8 megawatts rooftop solar array on 27 buildings across Queensbridge North and Queensbridge South Houses, the largest public housing project in the country.
From the District of Columbia Housing Authority's press release:
Thirty five residents who participated in the District of Columbia Housing Authority’s Modified Apprenticeship Training Program (ATP) today celebrated their graduation, and more importantly, new job opportunities.
From Real Estate Weekly:
Con Edison has begun installing solar panels across New York City Housing Authority developments with a program that creates jobs for residents and saves them money on energy bills.
Twelve newly trained solar installers are placing the panels on roofs at Glenwood Houses in the Flatlands area of Brooklyn. From there, they’ll move to Kingsborough Houses in Crown Heights. They already completed installation work at Carver Houses in northern Manhattan.