NORWALK, Conn. -- A $1.2 million grant aimed at helping low-income residents find employment and receive job-training skills has been awarded to 10 cities across the state, including Stamford, Greenwich and Norwalk.
“We have made extraordinary investments in job training and dramatically increased the availability of affordable housing – both deliver more vibrant communities. Making worker training available is indeed good business throughout Connecticut,” Gov. Dannel Malloy said. “Job training opportunities help ensure that our workforce continues to have the tools to obtain employment – and to be successful in their jobs.”
Connecticut’s congressional delegation said in a joint statement that the funding will provide valuable job training to public housing residents in communities across Connecticut, supporting long-term economic self-sufficiency.
Across Connecticut, housing authorities will be able to hire a total of 18 new workers who will be dedicated to working with social service agencies, community colleges, local businesses and other partners in establishing this pipeline to success for public housing residents.
To be eligible for the program, individuals must be a current resident of public housing or the recipient of a certificate from the Housing Choice Voucher Program.
The program uses strategies that link public housing and Housing Choice Voucher assistance with other resources to enable families to find jobs, increase earned income, reduce or eliminate the need for rental and/or public assistance, and make progress toward achieving economic independence. The long term-goal of this program is to allow these people to become completely independent.
The awards include:
- Connecticut Department of Housing: 3 positions, $206,040.
- Housing Authority of the City of Norwalk: 2 positions, $138,000.
- Housing Authority of the City of New Haven: 2 positions, $126,000.
- Housing Authority of the City of New Britain: 2 positions, $138,000.
- Stamford Housing Authority: 1 position, $67,815.
- Housing Authority of the City of Meriden: 3 positions, $194,271.
- Ansonia Housing Authority: 1 position, $69,000.
- Housing Authority of the City of Derby: 1 position, $54,914.
- Housing Authority of the Town of Greenwich: 1 position, $69,000.
- Bristol Housing Authority: 1 position, $67,328.
- Trout Brook Reality Advisory (formerly West Hartford Housing Authority): 1 position, $68,680.
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