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For Immediate Release
Release Date: 
Thu, 12/17/2015




Jobs Plus Pilot Program improves jobs, income and self-sufficiency


Norfolk, VA (December 17, 2015) – In an effort to help low-income residents find higher paying jobs, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded nearly $3 million to the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority to help residents increase their earned income and become self-sufficient. HUD’s Jobs Plus Pilot Program supports work readiness and connects public housing residents with employment, education and financial empowerment services—a proven model to assist public housing residents find and keep better paying jobs. Read more about how the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority will put its grant to work.

“These grants will make a meaningful impact in the lives of public housing residents and their families by providing a pathway towards self-sufficiency,” said HUD Secretary Julián Castro. “As the Department of Opportunity, HUD is empowering public housing residents to improve their circumstances with new economic and educational tools they need to compete and succeed in the workplace.”

“These funds will allow the housing authority to connect low-income residents with employment, education, counseling and financial literacy services to help them get and keep good-paying jobs. Empowering public housing residents with the tools and skills they need to reduce their dependence on public assistance and help them become financially independent will strengthen Norfolk for the long term,” stated U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA). “Today’s announcement is great news for taxpayers, residents, employers, and the entire community.”

“This funding will equip the Norfolk community with important resources to help families succeed in today’s workforce. I’m proud to join HUD in announcing this grant that will give residents the opportunity to move up the economic ladder,” U.S. Senator Timothy Kaine (D-VA) said.

"I am very pleased that the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority has been awarded a Jobs Plus Pilot Initiative grant," commented Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-3). "This critical funding will assist NRHA in expanding their successful Family Investment Center programs, where participants can access the services needed to overcome employment barriers. NRHA’s Jobs Plus Initiative will improve opportunities and increase earned income for residents in the Young Terrace community of downtown Norfolk. This important investment from the federal government will help set Young Terrace residents on the path to self-sufficiency."

“Like many communities throughout the commonwealth, Norfolk sees the importance of investment in our future,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones. “Through programs like this, we will continue to build the New Virginia Economy by preparing our workforce for the opportunities of the 21st century.”

“For the residents of Young Terrace, the Jobs Plus Pilot Program will create an opportunity for them to increase their skills and earn the credentials needed for employment in demand-driven job sectors that produce livable wages,” stated Jane C.W. Vincent, Regional Administrator for HUD’s Mid-Atlantic region. “We look forward to working with NRHA to expand their new center, so they can begin to support their residents with the new tools that will be available by this grant.”

“A critical outcome of NRHA's mission is job creation and particularly for our residents through family self-sufficiency programs,” added NRHA Executive Director John Kownack. “The College of William and Mary Mason School of Business calculated that NRHA programs and services annually produce over 1,200 jobs and provide an economic impact of $124 million for Norfolk. With great partners in-hand the Jobs Plus grant will be enable us to significantly leverage those results with a laser like focus on the Young Terrace community.”

HUD’s Jobs Plus Pilot Program links the housing authority system with employment and training services, new rent rules that make work pay, and neighbor-to-neighbor outreaching— demonstrating how cross-agency partnerships make a difference in the economic prospects of public housing residents. These grants will employ several principles of the Administration’s Job Driven training checklist to ensure that public housing residents are connected to a program that is using evidence-based practices that work for job seekers and employers.

The Jobs Plus Pilot Program capitalizes on a successful demonstration that combines traditional employment, training and job placement services with a rent incentive and a place-based investment in building community support for work. The program model, which requires PHAs to partner with Department of Labor American Jobs Centers, promotes initiatives to improve employment and earnings outcomes, a critical element of self-sufficiency for all families. Targeting an entire development helps residents support each other through the process.   

About NRHA: 

Founded in 1940, NRHA is a national leader in community revitalization and fostering sustainable mixed-income communities.  As the largest redevelopment and housing authority in Virginia, NRHA is an important driver of the local economy.

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