— The Providence Housing Authority (PHA) held a press event to celebrate its
Jobs Plus Program (JPP) on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 10:30am. The event
took place at 50 Laurel Hill Avenue.
PHA is one of twenty four public housing authorities in the country selected by
the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to participate in
Jobs Plus - a federally-funded initiative to assist public housing residents
entering the workforce. The PHA launched the Jobs Plus Providence (JPP) Program
in April 2017 for the residents of Hartford Park and Manton Heights.
site-based JPP Program aims to increase residents’ earned income through
employment by effectively integrating JPP’s three main components: (1)
Employment-related Services; (2) Financial Incentives (JP Earned Income
Disregard); and (3) Community Supports for Work.
program staff has established partnerships with a number of community-based
organizations to deliver a comprehensive menu of employment-related services
including work readiness training, industry specific job skills training, and
job placement/retention assistance.
partnerships with local service providers allow JPP participants to access a
variety of work-enabling supportive services critical to success such as adult
education, computer and citizenship classes, child care, transportation,
financial literacy, counseling and behavioral health services. Coupled with the
JP Earned Income Disregard incentive, where earned income does not result in a
rent increase, JPP is well on its way
to achieving its goal of creating a “culture of work” in public housing.