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Housing Authority Trains Residents to Work on Upcoming RHA Projects

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(L-R) Shawn Burr, interim executive director, RHA; George Moses, chairman, RHA Board of Commissioners; Licosha Dates; Jasmine Valle; Sonya Fulton; Ken Day, building maintenance supervisor, RHA; and Melissa Berrien, family self-sufficiency and resident services supervisor, RHA.

The Rochester Housing Authority (RHA) has awarded certificates to six section 3 candidates for completing a hands-on training program to work on some of the RHA’s upcoming projects.

The RHA has an upcoming energy conservation project, for which the candidates now have the necessary skills to perform work tasks, officials from the organization stated.

Section 3 is a federal program requiring housing authorities to provide job training, employment and contract opportunities for low-income residents, in connection with projects and activities in their neighborhoods.

“The purpose of RHA’s Section 3 program is to provide training and employment opportunities for our residents and program participants, as they work towards self-sufficiency,” Shawn Burr, RHA’s interim executive director stated. “This helps us maximize every dollar to help prepare our resident workforce for employment opportunities, not only with RHA, but other employers too.”

Three of the six candidates were able to receive their certificates at RHA’s monthly board of commissioners meeting, Wednesday, Jan. 27.

The six individuals who completed the training program were: Jasmine Valle; Licosha Dates; Sonya Fulton; Roman Jones Jr.; Sandra Little; and Myrtle Triplett.

Established in 1955, the Rochester Housing Authority (RHA) currently serves more than 25,000 lower-income families, seniors, and disabled residents and program participants in the five-county greater Rochester area.

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