Houston, TX, July 13, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Houston Housing Authority and Houston Community College have partnered to offer public housing residents free post-secondary training, including adult literacy classes, ESL and career readiness and placement classes. This partnership is a watershed moment in the expansion of HHA’s Neighborhood Network Program. HHA won $250,000 from HUD in 2008 to expand the program that aims to promote economic self-sufficiency among public housing residents.
“We are excited to partner with HCC to provide our residents with free access to training that will better prepare them to meet their individual goals,” said HHA President & CEO Tory Gunsolley. “The opportunity to further their education will greatly improve the chances our residents have to gain employment and further their careers.”
Learning centers located at five HHA properties will start providing the classes to residents in September.
“The real purpose of this partnership is to assist the residents in becoming employable and independent,” said David Joost, Director of Adult Education at Houston Community College. “We hope that by working with residents to get their GED and learn English that they will ultimately become employed.”
The Houston Housing Authority provides affordable homes and services to more than 60,000 low-income Houstonians, including over 17,000 families housed through the Housing Choice Voucher Program and another 5,500 living in 25 public housing and tax credit developments around the city. HHA also administers the nation’s third largest voucher program exclusively serving homeless veterans. More information about HHA can be found at www.housingforhouston.com.