The City of Wichita Housing Authority (WHA) has been awarded a Resident Opportunity Self Sufficiency (ROSS) grant in the amount of $177,500.
“This federal funding will help the WHA continue support services and promote independent living for senior and disable residents at publically owned properties,” said John Hall, the Housing & Community Services Director. He added that the WHA will use the ROSS grant for residents to receive transportation, housekeeping, nutritional education, meals, and medical services.
The funding, provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), helps public housing authorities, resident associations, non-profit organizations, Indian tribes and other entities hire or retain service coordinators. The service coordinators work directly with residents to assess needs and make referrals for education, job training and placement programs, and computer and financial literacy. For an elderly or disabled resident, the service coordinator arranges supportive services that allow them to maintain their independence.
The WHA will continue its partnership with Central Plains Area on Aging to provide Integrated Service Delivery for the shared client base of 226 households. The WHA supports community goals related to affordable housing, neighborhood revitalization, self-sufficiency initiatives, and other social services. It uses federal funds to provide direct services and to contract with community service providers.