The Green Housing/Grow Jobs program will train 10 public housing residents, two of whom are also employees, to conduct energy efficient lighting and retrofitting audits that will lower utility bills at the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis (HACA) and increase energy efficiency. At the end of the program each participant will be placed in permanent employment.
The Anne Arundel County Partnership for Children, Youth and Families (The Partnership) is the Local Management Board for the county. The Partnership is a statutorily required planning and service delivery body formed in 1996 to represent community members, heads of all government child serving agencies, and private service providers. The Partnership acts as the neutral convener of family serving agencies to ensure services are delivered in a comprehensive, cross-agency, system of care. The Partnership serves all children and families in Anne Arundel County with a special emphasis on vulnerable populations and their basic needs.
The Green Housing/Grow Jobs program will train 10 public housing residents to conduct energy efficient lighting and retrofitting audits that will lower utility bills at HACA and increase energy efficiency. At the end of the program each participant will be placed in permanent employment. The program will lower utility bills for HACA as well as for residents, and will decrease energy demand. It has three components:
- The Partnership and Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation will work together to provide an initial basic needs assessment and career screening to select the demonstration group. Screening will include case management for basic needs, transportation options and career readiness and pre-screening ‘barrier busting’ related to education and training eligibility.
- Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) will provide 480 pre-apprenticeship training hours on how to conduct energy efficient lighting and retrofitting audits that lower utility bills and increase energy efficiency. Participants will receive job assistance and career mapping that will lead to apprenticeship training and permanent employment using AACC’s Job Connection Service.
- Independent Electric Contractors (IEC) will provide training lab space and classroom facilities and work experience at HACA two days per week during which the administrative offices and five residences will be retrofitted for energy efficiency.
Communities and Population Served
Annapolis is home to ten public housing developments, making it one of the cities with the highest ratio of public housing per capita in the nation. HACA owns and manages 790 of those housing units with a total of 1,547 residents. Residents living in public housing or participating in a housing voucher program are 94% African American, 85% single parents, and female head of household with a median income of $14,000 (City of Annapolis Housing Authority, 2012. According to qualitative data from Poverty Amidst Plenty 2012 and the 2011 parent survey, depression and hopelessness pervade low-income families in public housing. The economic downturn has decreased opportunity for a pathway to opportunity for families as reflected in an increase in food stamps use which has tripled since 2006 (Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services 2011) and a 50% increase in the use of mental health services since 2008 (Anne Arundel County Mental Health Plan, 2011-2013).
The Grantee and Project Partners
The Anne Arundel County Partnership for Children, Youth and Families (The Partnership) is the Local Management Board for the county. The Partnership acts as the neutral convener of family serving agencies to ensure services are delivered in a comprehensive, cross-agency, system of care. The agency’s mission is to provide leadership to improve the quality of life for all children and their families in the county.
The Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis (HACA) provides affordable housing in Annapolis for families who lack the means to purchase or rent housing at market prices. In 2011, HACA developed a new signature program, Pathways to Opportunity, designed to help public and subsidized housing residents create a home and career path for self-sufficiency.
Independent Electric Contractors (IEC) is a trade association representing 3,000 electrical contractors in 60 chapters across the U. S. The I.E.C. Chesapeake has more than 110 members throughout the Washington, Northern Virginia and Baltimore Metropolitan areas. IEC’s mission is to provide resources for success through communication and education.
Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) responds to the needs of a diverse community by offering high quality, affordable, and accessible learning opportunities. The Office of Occupational Skills develops and delivers quality career training that leads to employment in middle skilled jobs.
Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation (AAWDC) provides a wide range of workforce services to meet the needs of job seekers and businesses in Anne Arundel County. AAWDC manages programs to serve targeted populations, train job seekers in high-demand occupations and reduce employment barriers.
The program will serve the City of Annapolis.