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Pinellas County Housing Authority to Host Section 3 Workshop for Contractors

Pinellas County Housing Authority’s (PCHA) Resident Services Department will conduct a Section 3 workshop for contractors on Thursday, October 18, 2012.  All contractors are encouraged to attend.

Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, most commonly referred to as Section 3, requires that recipients of U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds, to the greatest extent possible, provide job training, employment, and contract opportunities for low- or very-low income residents in connection with projects and activities in their neighborhoods.

PCHA is committed to compliance with Section 3 requirements.  Section 3 is applicable to all projects and activities funded, in part or in whole, with PCHAs federal funds.  Section 3 benefits low income and very-low income residents of Pinellas County.  Residents and businesses that qualify as a Section 3 resident or business concern may receive preferences in hiring, training and contracting opportunities when available.

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PCHA and CSF Announce Final First Time Homebuyer Workshop for 2012

Throughout this past year, PCHA partnered with the Community Service Foundation to offer free First Time Homebuyer Workshops at Pinellas County Housing Authority’s Central Office, located at 11479 Ulmerton Road in Largo.  The last set of the two-part seminar workshops for 2012 will be held from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Tuesday, October 2, 2012, and from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm on Tuesday, October 9, 2012.

 

By participating in the First Time Homebuyer Workshops, participants will learn about available programs that can assist with down payments and closing costs, as well as the role of realtors and how they can provide guidance to the homebuyer.                         

These workshops will teach ways to:

· understand the process of pre-qualifying,

· locate the best mortgage product and qualify for a mortgage,

· maintain a home,

· preserve property values, and

· avoid foreclosure

 

To register for the free workshops, please visit the Community Service Foundation website at www.csfhome.org or call Ms. Heather Rady at (727) 443-7684, ext. 3046.

HUD Awards PCHA Funding to Continue Programs for Resident Education, Training and Employment

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded Florida $3,163,472 in grants to help public and assisted housing residents connect with local services to obtain education and training to find jobs.  The Pinellas County Housing Authority (PCHA) was selected as one of the awardees.  Funding from the grants will be used to continue the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program for public housing residents and Housing Choice Voucher program participants.

The FSS service coordinators, retained or hired through both of these programs, work directly with residents to connect them with local organizations that provide education, job training and job placement opportunities; as well as childcare, counseling, transportation, and computer and financial literacy services available in their community. Both programs encourage innovative strategies that link public housing and Housing Choice Voucher assistance with other resources to enable participating families to find employment; increase earned income; reduce or eliminate the need for rental and/or welfare assistance; and make progress toward achieving economic independence and housing self-sufficiency.

This is wonderful news for both PCHA and the residents that are currently enrolled in each of the programs.  In Friday’s Press Release to announce the funding, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan stated "this funding ultimately links individuals to childcare, computer access, job training and other basic skills individuals need to compete for jobs that pay a living wage.  To continue to grow America's economy, we must see to it that every American has the skills and resources they need to become gainfully employed."

Regina Booker, Director of Resident Services and Programs, said “the funding allows us to pay two full-time coordinators to work with residents in setting goals, and connecting them with local education and training opportunities, job placement organizations, and local employers”.

As PCHA proceeds forward with the goals established by its Board of Commissioners, Increasing Services to Promote Self-Sufficiency remains a top priority. 

To read the entire article, please click on the link below:

http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/states/florida/news/HUDNo.2012-09-21
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