Does NRHA have programs to help residents of subsidized housing?

Resident programs and services run the gamut from referrals for healthcare, job training, and job applications to classes for homeownership. Almost all of our programs support the goals of self-sufficiency by encouraging personal responsibility.
A resident services specialist in each NRHA public housing neighborhood coordinates opportunities for residents to develop or enhance their social, educational, and employment skills. Their improved skills contribute to the empowerment and economic independence of the individual, the family, and the community.
Family Self-Sufficiency Program
Through this program families learn to set and reach goals. Working with their neighborhood’s resident services specialist, each family identifies goals that will help them become self-sufficient and economically independent. Then NRHA sets aside a portion of the resident’s rent in an escrow account to be used by the resident to reach the agreed-upon goal.
To participate in the program, a resident enters into a contract with NRHA for a specified period of up to five years. The rent amount on the effective date of the Contract of Participation is considered the baseline rent. As the rent goes up because of increases in earned income, the difference between the new rent and the baseline rent is deposited into the escrow account.
For example, if the baseline rent is $50 and the rent increases to $200 because of employment, approximately $150 is deposited into the escrow account each month, resulting in $1800 saved over a 12-month period. Five years of savings could be used to pay off debt, put a down payment on a car, or even better, put a down payment on a home.
Beautification Program
Here families learn ways to beautify their homes and communities. Activities include a beautiful yard contest, holiday-door decorating contest and community clean-ups. Residents are taught how to plant windowsill gardens, make window treatments, and a variety of other decorating skills. This is a perfect complement for the family working toward homeownership.
Leadership Academy
Residents become better leaders in their homes as well as in their communities through learning about the services and programs offered by NRHA and the City of Norfolk. The more residents know about these agencies and their departments, the more they are empowered to use them for their benefit. For instance, residents learn the right department to call for problems with a traffic light or trash pick-up.
Neighborhood Network Program
This program provides the place and tools to increase self-sufficiency and employment opportunities through a variety of computer-based services, such as GED preparation, computer literacy, driver’s training, and job searches. The Neighborhood Network has 12 Internet-connected computers, printers, and a driving simulator.
Elderly and Disabled Services
Elderly and disabled residents can receive help with issues ranging from Supplemental Security Income applications to assisting grandparents who are raising grandchildren. Through NRHA’s service coordination program, senior and disabled residents are linked to the specific supportive services they need.
NRHA also operates a Senior Center, located in the Young Terrace Community. Phone: 314-4215. Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with lunch provided by Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia. The center provides a warm and vibrant atmosphere for seniors to socialize and participate in activities such as quilting, arts and crafts, board games, and exercise.
Community Service and Self-Sufficiency Program
This HUD-mandated program enables residents to give back to their community while enhancing their employability skills. Adults between the ages 18 and 62 are required to participate by volunteering at least 96 hours in 12 months unless they meet one of the criteria for exemption. Exemptions are available for disabled persons, caretakers of disabled persons, caretakers of children under 12 months, childcare providers for a community service participant, and active participants in the Family Self-Sufficiency program, job training program, or educational program.
Groups of five or more residents in public housing can receive free transportation to NRHA-sponsored programs. Enrollment in the program and a transportation request are all that’s needed.

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