Apprenticeship Pilot Programs at the Public Housing Projects
Provide an incentive to have trade labor unions train persons through their Apprenticeship Programs at Public Housing Projects. Possibly use an available multi-purpose room or a recreational room to house the class at the housing project. This will enable some residents to get training that may lead to an income above the poverty line and increase their quality of life. The program should be structured so that the apprenticeship students can work on PHA properties. This may ensure that the maintenance staff is better trained and ultimately improve the quality of the structure. In addition, the residents can be paid a stipend as per an apprenticeship agreement similar to the already existing agreements. Housing the classes and the work to be performed at the public housing property may address transportation obstacles challenges of the students and decrease absenteeism. This can be used as a competitive program that will inspire and uplift the community. I think the investment will pay dividends.
Great idea! "Cause you got 100 votes and all, we’re shipping this off to the Deputy Secretary for his thoughts. Expect more soon. :)
This kind of pilot may also be sponsored by PHAs and funded as an activity to engage Section 3 eligible residents and potential contractors. Great idea.
Fannie J. Woods commented
HUD has the structure in place now to make this happen. This is a function of HUD, Office of Labor Relations, to work with PHAs to establish apprenticeship programs to train workers in maintenance functions/services.
This should be available in other assisted housing
Elfreda Jones commented
I think this is a great idea to empower the residents to become self-sufficient and ultimately homeowners and tax payers.
I think the FHEO Section 3 provision should be linked to this idea giving it weight since the provision already exist but obviously is not enforced.