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Rockford Housing Authority receives $2.3 million grant

Updated: May. 10, 2021 at 5:45 PM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - The Rockford Housing Authority receives a $2.3 million grant from the federal government to kickstart an employment program.

“The purpose of this Jobs Plus grant is to develop locally based job driven partnerships and approaches to increase earnings and advance employment opportunities,” said Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara.

The Jobs Plus Initiative will help place residents into opportunities, prepare them for the workforce and provide money management skills.

“It’s our hope that saturating a housing development with services, incentives and social support will result in steady employment for the substantial majority of our working HA residents,” said Rockford Housing Authority Director of Human Services Odessa Walker.

Walker says more than 70 percent of its residents have income that qualifies as very low, and by equipping them with the necessary skills to be successful the community as a whole will benefit.

“When you give information, instruction and a little bit of encouragement to those who are looking for ways out of poverty it not only empowers the individuals but everyone attached to them,” said Walker.

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