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Eufaula Housing Authority Receives YouthBuild Grant

Sept 2017 Eufaula Housing Authority has received $1.1 million dollars to fund a new YouthBuild Program. The program is a 36-month grant program funded by the United States Department of Labor to serve high school dropouts and adjudicated youth ages 16-24. EHA will service approximately 20 youth per year providing them with Adult Education classes, soft-skills training, leadership development, and vocational skills training. Skills training target areas are Welding, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, and Electrical fields. (Read More)

Barriers that plague low-income families and that many at-risk youth face, such as incarceration of a parent, being in foster care, pregnancy, undiagnosed learning disabilities, or mental/emotional disorders are all-too-often unaddressed. The goal of the program is to tackle these issues and provide participants with all the tools necessary to go forward in life and become successful contributors of the workforce. This not only provides community development, but lowers risk of homelessness, dependence on governmental assistance and stimulates economic growth.

“We are extremely fortunate to receive a grant of this magnitude,” says Tom Wachs, Housing Authority Executive Director. “ Only 77 organizations got this grant around the country and only 3 housing authorities. Many of them did not get the full allocation of funds. We are extremely excited to begin work on this program and look forward to changing lives and making our community better.”

The Housing Authority will partner with numerous local businesses and agencies to provide educational and job training programs. Partners include Wallace Community College, Leadership Barbour, Eufaula City Schools, Eufaula Career Center, SpectraCare, Barbour County Health Dept, LTC Life Coaching and several local businesses which will provide hands-on job skills.

Eufaula Housing Authority Receives YouthBuild Grant

Sept 2017 Eufaula Housing Authority has received $1.1 million dollars to fund a new YouthBuild Program. The program is a 36-month grant program funded by the United States Department of Labor to serve high school dropouts and adjudicated youth ages 16-24. EHA will service approximately 20 youth per year providing them with Adult Education classes, soft-skills training, leadership development, and vocational skills training. Skills training target areas are Welding, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, and Electrical fields. (Read More)

Barriers that plague low-income families and that many at-risk youth face, such as incarceration of a parent, being in foster care, pregnancy, undiagnosed learning disabilities, or mental/emotional disorders are all-too-often unaddressed. The goal of the program is to tackle these issues and provide participants with all the tools necessary to go forward in life and become successful contributors of the workforce. This not only provides community development, but lowers risk of homelessness, dependence on governmental assistance and stimulates economic growth.

“We are extremely fortunate to receive a grant of this magnitude,” says Tom Wachs, Housing Authority Executive Director. “ Only 77 organizations got this grant around the country and only 3 housing authorities. Many of them did not get the full allocation of funds. We are extremely excited to begin work on this program and look forward to changing lives and making our community better.”

The Housing Authority will partner with numerous local businesses and agencies to provide educational and job training programs. Partners include Wallace Community College, Leadership Barbour, Eufaula City Schools, Eufaula Career Center, SpectraCare, Barbour County Health Dept, LTC Life Coaching and several local businesses which will provide hands-on job skills.