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Resources for Community and Supportive Services

The Community and Supportive Services (CSS) division of the HUD HOPE VI program developed this page to provide CSS Staff with links to news, research and other resources on a variety of topics to which they can refer for supplementary guidance and information. The page is organized alphabetically into various categories, e.g. demographic information, grants, health, resident-specific topics, sustainability, etc.

In addition to providing useful websites, reports, and other materials, this site also provides a space for CSS practitioners to post their best practices. The HUD CSS team hopes that CSS practitioners will use this feature often as a way to share and learn from each other. Please check this site regularly for news and updated information and take a moment to review HUD's Strategic Plan. HUD's overall mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality, affordable homes for all. Goal 3 of HUD's Strategic Plan is to Use Housing as a Platform for improving the quality of life for our residents." Sub goals include improving education outcomes and early learning, improving health outcomes, increasing economic self-sufficiency, improving stability for vulnerable populations including elderly, people with disabilities, and people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, and improve public safety.

Please take a look at our News and Events page, for the latest information in public housing. Our goal is to inform, and keep you connected to all things CSS!  If you have items that you feel would benefit the CSS community and would like to share, or have any questions or comments about this page, please send them to Sandra.Norcom@hud.gov.

Please let us know if you have additional resources you would like to include!

Best Practices

HOPE VI Community & Supportive Services Best Practices may be sent to Sandra.Norcom@hud.gov.  Due to space limitations, we ask that you limit your Best Practice to one page.  Your submission may be reviewed and edited for conciseness and clarity.   Please provide your contact information for any questions we may have.  We will let you know when your submission has been posted!

Community Engagement

Evaluation

Health/Wellness

Innovative Partnerships

Job Training Readiness

Resident Engagement

Section 3

Success Stories 

Community Building 

Demographic Information

The following sites can help CSS staff collect economic and demographic information for their local areas:

Domestic Violence

Elderly Issues and Research

Elderly Housing

Reports

Senior Citizens

  • HUD webpage for Senior Citizens - This webpage includes a variety of links and helpful information related to housing (public housing and other housing), care-giving, health, protection against fraud and discrimination, and other federal, state and local resources.

Federal Interagency Collaborations

HUD Region IV Quality of Life Conference - Savannah, GA, July 12-14, 2011

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Financial Literacy / Asset Building

FDIC’s Money Smart Program http://www.fdic.gov/ moneysmart/

Money Smart is a free financial education curriculum designed to help low- and moderate-income individuals outside the financial mainstream enhance their financial management skills and create positive banking relationships.  Money Smart has reached over 3 million consumers since 2001.  Research shows that the curriculum can positively influence how consumers manage their finances, and these changes are sustainable in the months after the training.  The curriculum is available in formats to teach to consumers or for consumers to learn online, for different age groups, and in nine languages.

FDIC’s Money Smart for Older Adults
http://www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/moneysmart/olderadult.html

Money Smart for Older Adults is an instructor-led training program developed jointly by FDIC and CFPB.  The module provides awareness among older adults and their caregivers on how to prevent elder financial exploitation.  It is also intended to encourage advance planning and informed financial decision-making.

Help for parents and caregivers who want to grow children's money skills (CFPB and FDIC).  The CFPB and FDIC have launched a joint education and awareness campaign to help parents and caregivers talk with their children about money and prepare them for a bright financial future. Your organization can help raise awareness among parents and give them tips for getting started. You can post updates and graphics on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. You can pull from a series of articles and use them in your blog posts, newsletter articles, e-bulletins, web posts, and any other form of communication your organization uses. The social media posts and articles point parents to a compilation of online resources to help with money conversations, at consumerfinance.gov/parents. On an ongoing basis, messages will be tailored for parents to help them take advantage of key opportunities to talk with their children about money. To join the campaign and start sharing tips and resources, please e-mail financialeducation@cfpb.govor communityaffairs@fdic.gov.  Please include “Parents and Caregivers” in your subject line.

Numerous studies have detailed the fact that many low-income individuals do not have banking accounts and have poor or non-existent credit. Many Housing Authorities have gotten their partners to begin Financial Literacy classes as a crucial part of a self-sufficiency curriculum.

Grants and Other Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunity Announcement

The Assets for Independence (AFI) program is administered through the Office of Community Services within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Department of Health and Human Services. AFI enables community-based nonprofits and government agencies to implement and demonstrate an assets-based approach to giving low-income families a hand up out of poverty. AFI projects help participants save earned income in special-purpose, matched savings accounts called Individual Development Accounts (IDAs). AFI project families use their IDA savings, including the matching funds, to achieve any of three objectives: (1) acquiring a first home, (2) capitalizing a small business, (3) or enrolling in post-secondary education or training.

Government entities are eligible to apply for an AFI grant, but only if they submit an application jointly with a nonprofit organization that has 501(c)(3) status. PHAs are encouraged to review the eligibility criteria and to take advantage of the upcoming Webinars, listed below.

For more information about AFI, visit the Assets for Independence Resource Center at http://idaresources.acf.hhs.gov/Home.

Click here for more information.


The U.S. Department of Labor announces a new Grant Application and Award Database

The U.S. Department of Labor has an online, user-friendly Grant Application and Award Database,  http://www.dol.gov/dol/grants/ .  This database may be used by Choice Neighborhoods grantees in further coordinating their employment-related efforts.  They  can use this tool to quickly determine recent DOL grants awarded in their communities, and upcoming grant announcements.    Please note that the database has not been updated to include new FY13 grants awards, however, that information will become available in the near  future.  For now, any grants awards made after September 1, 2011 are reflected.

The following are links to sites that can help PHAs identify grants and other funding opportunities:

A. Federal Government

  • News Release - Obama administration awards nearly $500 million in first round of grants to community colleges for job training and workforce development
  • Grants.gov - This site allows you to register to receive federal funding announcements as well as apply for federal grant opportunities
  • Neighborhood Networks - A HUD program that focuses on delivering computer and Internet technology to residents of Multifamily and Public Housing. The web site provides weekly funding announcements from both private and public sources in areas of self-sufficiency, literacy, job-readiness, etc.
  • HUD's Funds Available

B. Foundations and Nonprofits

Grant-making foundations and nonprofits can be found by going to the following sites:

Health

Useful information for smoke-free public housing and multi-family communities:

Smoke-Free Multifamily Housing

Global Advisors Smokfree Policy (GASP)  - Boston model specifically noted.

Smokefree Housing Press Release

Prince George's County Bans Smoking In Public Housing

http://www.lung.org/

http://quitsmokingcommunity.org/


The Affordable Care Act and Adolescents: New Issue Brief and Infographic

The Affordable Care Act was signed into law in March of 2010.  Millions of Americans have already benefited from many of the law’s provisions including coverage for preventive health services, a ban on lifetime limits, and insurance coverage for young adults.  The expansion of Medicaid coverage and launch of the Health Care Marketplace will help millions more obtain insurance coverage in 2014.  The Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation created a series of research and issue briefs to analyze the impact of the Affordable Care Act. The most recent brief in this series, "The Affordable Care Act and Adolescents," and this accompanying infographic describe how the law addresses the unique health needs of adolescents. Both were developed in conjunction with the HHS Office of Adolescent Health.


On behalf of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, please find information about and observances for National Substance Abuse Prevention Month!

Click here for more details.


Implementation of the Affordable Care Act

Click here for more details.


Reports

  • June 16, 2011 - Obama Administration releases National Prevention Strategy
    Today, members of the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council, including Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Surgeon General Regina Benjamin (Chair), as well as Senator Tom Harkin and Domestic Policy Council (DPC) Director Melody Barnes, announced the release of the National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy, a comprehensive plan that will help increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life.
  • Published by Disability.gov, this guide contains information to help young adults understand what it means to be legally in charge of their health care and how to stay healthy as they grow into adulthood. Includes quizzes on being an adult with special needs, life as an adult, talking with doctors, plus additional web resources on college and work. Read the guide (PDF, 17 pages).
  • The Impacts of Affordable Housing on Health - A Research Summary by the Center for Housing Policy and Enterprise Community Partners, 2011
  • The Health Status of HOPE VI Public Housing Residents, a 2005 report by the Urban Institute
  • Framing the Issues: The Positive Impacts of Affordable Housing on Health - July 2007 (Center for Housing Policy and Enterprise Community Partners)

General Information

Building Healthy Communities in Public Housing - HUD Conference, November 15 & 16, 2010

Homelessness 

Housing Organizations

Consider signing up for their email updates.

Job Training/Job Readiness

  • "Credentials for Youth" Tool

    The U.S. Department of Labor, Division of Youth Services, recently launched our “Credentials for Youth” tool, https://youth.workforce3one.org/page/credentials,  on ETA’s Youth Community of Practice to help workforce professionals identify promising occupations for youth served by the workforce system, and the credentials that help youth attain them.

    Attaining postsecondary and occupational credentials is critical for youth to be successful in the 21st century economy.  Good-paying jobs in high demand industries generally require postsecondary education or training.  Plus, the earnings bump that accompanies postsecondary credentials is well established.  To help workforce professionals identify promising occupations for youth served by the workforce system, and the credentials that help youth attain them, ETA has developed the Credentials for Youth tool on Workforce3One’s Youth Community of Practice.  This tool, available at https://youth.workforce3one.org/page/credentials, provides a step-by-step process for helping youth attain credentials in high demand occupations.  First, it connects users to resources that can help them find high demand occupations in their local area using labor market information.  It then helps practitioners identify promising occupations for youth and determine which of those occupations have pathways to career advancement.  Finally, the tool helps discover the credentials required for the identified promising occupations and provides certification information about specific occupations, including links to certifying organizations.  In addition to the step-by-step process, the Credentials for Youth tool also provides local examples of programs that help youth attain credentials.

  • A newly issued Training and Employment Notice (TEN) providing guidance and suggestions on how to better access and/or leverage transportation resources for businesses and job seekers
  • MDRC paper on helping residents find and keep jobs
  • Department of Labor - Education and Training Administration
  • Career One Stop - For assistance in career exploration, education and training, resumes and interviewing and salary and benefits
  • Joint HUD-DOL Letter
  • Mynextmove.org - resources for those entering the workforce
  • Myskillsmyfuture.org - resources for those returning to the workforce

Listserves

Neighborhood Networks

The Digital Literacy portal provides free training resources for practitioners working in the field of computer/digital literacy. It also provides resources for job-search and job training, as well as opportunities to provide content and rate existing content. Featured on the Web site is a "In the Community" section where several Neighborhood Networks centers are highlighted including the HA of the City of Pittsburgh's HOPE VI Bedford Dwellings Neighborhood Networks center. To post your own story, please go to :  www.digitalliteracy.gov/communities and click on "Suggest an Article."

To access technical assistance guides, funding information, a Web site creation tool, the START electronic business plan, and much more, please go to the Neighborhood Networks Web site.

Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative

Organizations that Publish Relevant Research

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Partnerships

Joint PIH/CPD Notice on Promoting Partners to Utilize Housing as a Platform for Improving Quality of LIfe

HUD’s Strategic Plan 2010-2015 envisions housing as a platform for improving residents’ quality of life.  This notice strongly encourages Community Planning and Development (CPD) funding recipients and Public and Indian Housing (PIH) funding recipients, including Public Housing Authorities (PHAs), to forge partnerships with public and private agencies at the federal, state, and local levels to ensure that HUD-assisted residents are connected to health care, education and social services, as needed. 

Prisoner Re-entry and Public Housing

 

Professional Development/Information

Resident Councils/Resident Leadership

Resident Services/Service Coordination

  • Do you have residents enrolling in LIHEAP? Winter is the time of year when many residents apply for heating assistance - and they will often be asked for proof of income to complete their application.

    Did you know that they can now request this information online? The Social Security Administration site is the fastest and easiest way to verify Social Security benefit information (including Social Security, SSI, and Medicare).

    Request Proof of Income Letter Online
    If they do not have access to the Internet, residents can also prove their income with the cost-of-living letter they received in December.

  • More than a Roof - A new report on efforts by public housing agencies to help residents make progress toward economic security, recently released by the Center for Housing Policy

Other useful resources from the National Resident Services Collaborative

Resources

  • Canivote.org - This is a cool and invaluable tool for voter empowerment! Canivote.org is a tool that allows anyone nationally to check their voting status and update on line if that your state has the ability.
  • HUD Region III HUDLine Monthly Resources/Happenings Newsletter
  • State-by-State Listing of Online Access to Benefits - The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) has updated its report "Online Services for Key Low-Income Benefit Programs: What States Provide Online" for several key low-income benefit programs including Medicaid, SNAP, TANF, child care assistance and CHIP. Virtually all states have made basic program information on the five main state-administered low-income benefits available to the public via the Internet. 
  • Programs of HUD - Useful resources for those requiring information related to specific programs.
  • Workforce3one.org - Tools, resources and practices that will help frontline staff who perform intake, case management, and business services functions in the one-stops.

Sample Memoranda of Understanding

Section 3

Section 3 is a HUD regulation that states that when Housing Authorities use HUD funds they should, to the extent feasible, hire public housing residents, Youth Build graduates, and other members of the low income community to perform. In addition, when contracts are lost, Section 3 firms should be considered.

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Sustainability

This sustainability plan was generously provided to us by the Indianapolis Housing Agency. Since there is no HUD-prescribed format for sustainability plans, it is being provided as an example. The new HOPE VI development is built, the funds have been expended, all the units are occupied. Great! But how do you maintain services, how do you make sure that the new development doesn't become what it once was? A key step in this process is to develop a Sustainability Plan that details how you and your partners will sustain needed services over the upcoming years.

2008 CSS Sustainability Conferences

Here you will find archived information from the four regional CSS Sustainability conferences held in 2008.

A Toolkit for Federal Staff Who Work With Comprehensive Community Initiatives

cciTools for Federal Staff - Click on "Find Tools and Resources" on the top bar, select the buttons "For use by CCI Sites" and "Create a Sustainability Plan", then click on the "Find" button, lower left, to see a list of tools and resources that will help you create a sustainability plan.

Transportation

Volunteers

Volunteers can provide invaluable support, energy and creativity for your agency or organization. The following programs and resources will help you access dedicated volunteers with a strong desire to serve your community.

  • The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), is the government agency that oversees national service programs, including those described below.
    • AmeriCorps awards grants that partially fund the volunteer programs of organizations and local government agencies. The organizations receiving AmeriCorps grants are responsible for recruiting AmeriCorps members, who receive small stipends to serve for up to three years. A cash and in-kind match is required. Read brief for PHAs on AmeriCorps Programs and Public Housing Authorities, given by Kaitlin Nelson, Federal Career Intern, Office of Public Housing Investments.
    • SeniorCorps also provides grants that enable organizations and agencies to engage adults aged 55 and older as volunteers. SeniorCorps funds three different programs: the Foster Grandparent Program, Senior Companion Program, and RSVP.
    • A study currently is underway on the sponsoring of AmeriCorps members by PHAs. A report on the study, including information on PHA best practices and lessons learned, will be posted soon.
  • The Points of Light Institute is "a powerful, integrated national organization with a global focus to redefine volunteerism and civic engagement for the 21st century." The institute provides a number of different resources along with a list of programs on their site for organizations in search of volunteers.
  • Volunteer Solutions provides a volunteer matching application that helps connect individuals to volunteer opportunities in their community. For example, see United Way's use of the application on their website
  • The following two websites connect organizations with volunteers:

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Youth/Education

Did you know Florida has a K-12 Scholarship Opportunity?

Since 2002, Step Up For Students has offered scholarships for low-income Florida students in grades K-12. The program, which administers the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program, empowers families to choose the best learning environment for their child’s learning needs. Families may choose between a scholarship worth up to $4,880 to help cover private school tuition and fees, or a scholarship worth up to $500 to assist with transportation costs to attend a public school in another county. (Scholarship amounts for the 2013-14 school year are noted. The amount may increase for the 2014-15 school year.) To be eligible, a student’s household income must qualify for the free- or reduced-price school lunch program (185 percent of the federal poverty guidelines).Children who are in foster care or who are homeless may also be eligible.

Please visit http://www.StepUpForStudents.orgto learn more and apply.

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Having books to read – at home and in the classroom – is the number one predictor of reading success.

Click here for more information.


Computer-Based High School Equivalency Tests Webinar Recording from December 11, 2013

  • Click here for the webinar recording.
  • Click here for slides on "Helping your communities prepare for changes in the GED and other high school equivalency tests"

2014 Summer Food Service Program Webinar Series

It’s still cold out there, but we want you to start thinking about summer and how you can prevent summertime hunger right now.

Click here for more information.


The Affordable Care Act and Adolescents: New Issue Brief and Infographic

The Affordable Care Act was signed into law in March of 2010.  Millions of Americans have already benefited from many of the law’s provisions including coverage for preventive health services, a ban on lifetime limits, and insurance coverage for young adults.  The expansion of Medicaid coverage and launch of the Health Care Marketplace will help millions more obtain insurance coverage in 2014.  The Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation created a series of research and issue briefs to analyze the impact of the Affordable Care Act. The most recent brief in this series, "The Affordable Care Act and Adolescents," and this accompanying infographic describe how the law addresses the unique health needs of adolescents. Both were developed in conjunction with the HHS Office of Adolescent Health.


Summer is for learning

7 fun ways to help your child avoid summer brain drain


Children of Incarcerated Parents Launches Website

There are 2.7 million children in the United States with an incarcerated parent.  On June 12, 2013, the Federal Interagency Working Group on Children of Incarcerated Parents (COIP), led by the Domestic Policy Council (DPC), officially launched its website http://findyouthinfo.gov/youth-topics/children-of-incarcerated-parents.  Here service providers, families, and caregivers can access information and tools for better supporting the needs of COIP, and follow the federal government’s efforts regarding improving outcomes for this population.  Read more...


Immediate Openings: Job Corps is Now Enrolling!

Job Corps is seeking new applicants to fill immediate openings and restore its 125 centers nationwide to full capacity.

A U.S. Department of Labor program, Job Corps provides eligible students with academic and career technical training, room and board, counseling and mentoring services, and basic medical care.  Young people ages 16 through 24 who meet low-income requirements can enroll in the program at no cost to them by calling (800) 733-JOBS [5627].

Job Corps graduates train in the skills needed to start a career, enlist in the military, or move on to pursue higher education.  Students have the opportunity to earn a high school diploma through partnerships with local school districts or a high school equivalency credential.  Job Corps also provides career counseling and transitional support for up to 21 months after graduation.

Most Job Corps students reside on-center in dorms, but some who live nearby can choose to commute.  The most successful Job Corps students stay in the program 1 to 2 years, depending on their pace of achievement and whether they choose to pursue advanced training.

Job Corps is seeking help from the workforce system to spread the word to young adults who could qualify and benefit from this program.  Please make sure that those who work in the One-Stop system helping jobseekers know that Job Corps is enrolling.  Also, we ask the Youth programs and providers to spread the word, especially to the summer youth employment programs around the country.

If you know of someone age 16 through 24 who may be a good fit for Job Corps, call (800) 733-JOBS [5627] or visit Job Corps’ website or Facebook page to learn more. Click here for a flier about Job Corps’ open enrollment.

Want to know more? Click here for an e-brochure with additional information about Job Corps. You can find a Spanish version of the brochure here.


USDA - Summer Meals Program

Summer is a time of the year that so many young people look forward to – school it out!  But a young person cannot enjoy the summer if they are hungry.  We know that when school is out, millions of low-income children no longer get a healthy breakfast or lunch.  The U.S Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) summer meals program helps to fill that gap.  Please see the attached USDAofficial press release for the Summer Meals Program which informs you on how to become a sponsor of a summer meals program, and a great promotional flyer that can be distributed throughout neighborhoods so that families know where to go to obtain nutritional meals while school is out.

USDA’s summer meals programs operate through partnerships between USDA, state agencies and local organizations.  Local sponsors, such as local government agencies, faith-based and nonprofit community organizations, and residential and non-residential camps provide free meals and activities to eligible low-income children during summer months.  USDA reimburses approved sponsors for serving meals that meet Federal nutritional guidelines. Sponsors receive payments from USDA, through their State agencies, based on the number of meals they serve. All meals are served free to eligible children.  

HUD is teaming up with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)  to help promote the summer meals program, and ensure that all young people living in low-income households have access to nutritional meals while school is out.  No child should ever go hungry, and your efforts will go far in assuring that children living in those households have access to nutritional meals while school it out during this summer.    

To learn more about SFSP and how to become a sponsoring organization, click here.


"Credentials for Youth" Tool

The U.S. Department of Labor, Division of Youth Services, recently launched our “Credentials for Youth” tool, https://youth.workforce3one.org/page/credentials,  on ETA’s Youth Community of Practice to help workforce professionals identify promising occupations for youth served by the workforce system, and the credentials that help youth attain them.

Attaining postsecondary and occupational credentials is critical for youth to be successful in the 21st century economy.  Good-paying jobs in high demand industries generally require postsecondary education or training.  Plus, the earnings bump that accompanies postsecondary credentials is well established.  To help workforce professionals identify promising occupations for youth served by the workforce system, and the credentials that help youth attain them, ETA has developed the Credentials for Youth tool on Workforce3One’s Youth Community of Practice.  This tool, available at https://youth.workforce3one.org/page/credentials, provides a step-by-step process for helping youth attain credentials in high demand occupations.  First, it connects users to resources that can help them find high demand occupations in their local area using labor market information.  It then helps practitioners identify promising occupations for youth and determine which of those occupations have pathways to career advancement.  Finally, the tool helps discover the credentials required for the identified promising occupations and provides certification information about specific occupations, including links to certifying organizations.  In addition to the step-by-step process, the Credentials for Youth tool also provides local examples of programs that help youth attain credentials.


Various efforts are underway that specifically prepare youth for disasters and how to best protect themselves and others during emergencies, particularly when they become separated from their families.  These resources are helpful to youth living in any part of the US; however, it is particularly helpful to those youth living in areas frequently hit by hurricanes, tornados, severe flooding etc.  Please take some time to learn about the various resources available.

Youth Preparedness Webpage

Implementing a Youth Preparedness Program as You Kick Off the New School Year Webinar

The Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP) works to identify and engage organizations that can a play a role in improving the coordination and effectiveness of programs serving youth. IWGYP promotes the achievement of positive results for all youth through collaboration, dissemination of information, and development of an overarching strategic plan for federal youth policy. Visit www.FindYouthInfo.gov and provide input on the Strategic Plan for Federal Youth Policy.

Adolescence

The Office of Adolescent Health (OAH), Department of Health and Human Services provides remarkable resources combining all health related information and services within HHS applicable to adolescents.  You can learn how to sign up for OAH’s E-Updates, and obtain a list of E-Updates at Adolescent Health Insider E-Updates; For information about teen dads, see the June 2011 E-Update on Father’s Day as a Teen Dad; The National Resource Center for HIV/AIDS focuses on prevention among adolescents; and for information on supporting adolescent mothers, see the Pregnancy Assistance Fund Initiative-- and much more!

Free on-line tools that can be helpful to low-income parents with school-aged children:

Coordinating Housing with Education

Early Learning

Education

Resources

Transitioning Youth

Youth service systems at all levels must work collaboratively in designing and coordinating programs focused on helping the nation's neediest youth to successfully transition to adulthood. To better understand this population, States must be aware of the most current information on the youth they serve. Click on the links below to find reports, statistics and other information on targeted youth. Contact us about Transitioning Youth.

Partnerships

  • HUD, GreatSchools team up to give public housing, voucher families tool to make informed school choices

    GreatSchools and HUD will team up to give parents living in public housing or who receive rental assistance through the Housing Choice Voucher Program the tools to make informed educational choices for their children and become even more involved in their children’s education.  For example, GreatSchools will provide housing authorities informational materials, including a video tutorial, tailored to housing authorities and parents.  GreatSchools has also developed a factsheet outlining the essential steps to choose the right school.  HUD will encourage housing authorities’ executive directors to offer these resources to parents and include a portal to GreatSchools on their agency website.

    Based in San Francisco, GreatSchools is a national non-profit organization that supports parents through a wide variety of web-based resources available at www.greatschools.org.  They provide a database of school performance information for more than 200,000 public, private and charter schools across the U.S.  Their user-friendly website also has information about how parents can help their children achieve success in PreK-12, including subject-area worksheets, homework help and college preparation.

    The HUD-GreatSchools partnership is part of HUD’s greater commitment to using housing assistance to improve educational outcomes. 

  • America's Promise - Brings together national and local organizations to deliver resources at the local level. The web site also provides research on children and youth.
  • Mentoring.org - Resources and research on mentoring youth.

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