Housing Occupants Mobilization Effort (H.O.M.E.) is comprised of RHA residents elected from Residents Councils. H.O.M.E. Board addresses issues which affect the quality of life of public housing residents. This organization has the responsibility of working with RHA and Residents councils for the good of all.
The H.O.M.E./RAB is the governing agency of all RHA’s Resident Leadership Councils. H.O.M.E./RAB Executive officers, in partnership with appropriate RHA staff, assist Resident Leadership Council and residents at each site with the organization and functioning of the Resident Leadership Councils.
RHA staff provides technical assistance to the H.O.M.E./RAB and Resident Leadership Councils to ensure compliance with HUD guidelines and requirements. Meetings are monthly.
It is the mission of the H.O.M.E. Board to provide services in the area of performance improvement training and development services; addressing the needs and wants of our clients and participants by providing the tools that promote individual and organizational success. To involve our little children in crime prevention education and training that enhances the quality of life for their future.
The Resident Leadership Councils serve as tenant organization for a development or building of RHA-managed property. The principal purposes of the Resident Leadership Council are:
- Advocate for residents before RHA and other agencies, and act as a liaison between such agencies.
- Aid in the evaluation of physical and social conditions at respective developments or buildings.
- Encourage programs and activities designed to promote independence, self-sufficiency, community and quality of life.
- Encourage good working relationships between residents, HOME/RAB and RHA staff.
- Aid in determining the needs of each development or building.
- Provide a forum for sharing of information about the Authority and its programs and offerings.
- Make reformations to the development of the RHA capital and annual plans.
The Family Self-Sufficiency Program is a voluntary program established by HUD to promote economic self-sufficiency among RHA participating families. Family Self-Sufficiency Specialists assist each participant in developing a Service Plan that outlines their goals for the next five years. Emphasis is on full time employment, credit readiness, and independence from public assistance.
While participants work toward their goals; if their rent increases due to earned income the additional rent paid is set-aside in an escrow account. This account may be accessed upon completion of their individual FSS Plan to pursue a business venture, education, or home-ownership.
HCVHP (Section 8) holders may be eligible to participate in the Housing Choice Voucher Home-ownership Program. Learn more about the FSS Program here.
Contact: Elias Soria at (815) 489-8579 or Cassandra Barnett at 815-489-8711.
Any PH resident interested in Family Self-Sufficiency may contact Monique Jones at (815) 489-8591.
Home Buying Classes provide information on credit, mortgages, home inspection, and insurance.
Contact: Elias Soria at (815) 489-8579, Cassandra Barnett at 815-489-8711, or Monique Jones at (815) 489-8591.
The ROSS program is a public housing resident self-sufficiency program funded through HUD to assist residents with supportive services and service coordination. The purpose of the program is to work with our public housing residents to create individual work plans related to employment, education, and strategies to reduce and eliminate subsidy assistance. Our team of ROSS Case Managers will work closely with you to develop work plans to help you meet your individual goals and connect you with local agencies and services that provide additional supportive services and resources you may need to achieve success.
Our ROSS staff will be able to provide transportation for job training and job interviews, child care reimbursement and supplemental educational materials needed while you participate in the program. ROSS will also provide you with weekly job listings to connect you to local job opportunities and provide community service hour options for those required to complete mandatory community service hours. While participating in ROSS, you will receive monthly resources related to pre-employment skills, interviewing tips, child care referrals, community resources and much more.
If you’re ready to take advantage of these free resources and services available to you at each of our family sites, please contact a ROSS Case Manager. Catherine Owen at 489-8791 or Ray Williams at 489-8643.