NRHA Secures $2 Million in Federal Grants for Workforce Development

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LaRhesa Christmas

For Immediate Release
Release Date: 
Wed, 06/15/2011

Last week Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority secured competitive federal grants totaling $1.67 million from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).


NRHA will receive $943,000 under the FTA’s Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) and New Freedoms programs as well as $720,000 from HUD for the Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency - Service Coordinators Program (ROSS).


Earlier this spring NRHA won $194,000 for the Housing Choice Voucher Family Self-Sufficiency program (HCV FSS) and $138,000 for the Public Housing Family Self-Sufficiency program (PH FSS). This brings to $1.99 million in competitive federal grants received so far this year for housing services.

“This is an important component of our strategy to be a more self-sustaining
organization” said NRHA Chief Executive Officer Shurl Montgomery. Specifically that strategy involves growing revenue from new grant and partnership opportunities, implementing retirement incentives for employees eligible for full retirement as well as restructuring efforts to include review of programs, services and positions.

NRHA received the largest of four ROSS grants in Virginia. Other recipient
organizations are located in Charlottesville, Cumberland and Portsmouth.

The JARC program provides transportation services to employment related activities for lower-income individuals and to transport urban-center residents to suburban employment opportunities as well as to off-peak hour jobs when transportation options are scarce. The New Freedom program provides additional tools, beyond the Americans with Disabilities Act, to overcome mobility barriers for disabled persons seeking integration into the workforce. The grant will allow residents of NRHA assisted-rental properties to take advantage of these two programs.

ROSS program grants provide funding for housing authorities, resident associations and other non-profit organizations to hire and retain service coordinators who work directly with assisted-rental residents to assess their needs and connect them with education, job training and placement programs and/or computer and financial literacy services available in their community to promote self-sufficiency. Service coordinators also connect disabled and elderly residents with support services to promote and maintain independent living.

Earlier this spring NRHA won $194,000 for the Housing Choice Voucher Family Self-Sufficiency program (HCV FSS) and $138,000 for the Public Housing Family Self-Sufficiency program (PH FSS).

FSS grants provide funding to hire and retain staff to help HCV and assisted-rental
households obtain employment that leads to economic independence and self-sufficiency. The staff works with welfare agencies, schools, businesses and other local partners to develop a comprehensive program that gives participating FSS family members the skills and experience to obtain living-wage employment or increase earned income, reduce or eliminate welfare assistance and progress toward economic independence and housing self-sufficiency. FSS participants are able to establish an escrow account as earned income increases.

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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 plays a key role in making Norfolk the city of choice to build, work, live and play.

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