This week the Pinellas County Housing Authority (PCHA) will host its second annual “Father’s Focused on Family” Father’s Day event for families living in two of the agency’s largest public housing communities. Over 500 children live in these two communities. The first Focused on Fatherhood celebration will take place on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at the Rainbow Village community in Largo. The second celebration will take place on Friday, June 15, 2012 at the French Villas community in St. Petersburg.
HUD’s Father’s Day Initiative was developed in response to the stark socio-economic data indicating how children and youth are being negatively affected by father absent homes. Last year, the first year HUD kicked-off the Father’s Day initiative, 209 Housing Authorities from 33 states held Father’s Day events that combined supportive services with promoting fatherhood to strengthen families. An estimated 22,000 fathers, children, mothers and many others participated in events that local public housing authorities held all over the nation.