The Jersey City Housing Authority was awarded a ROSS grant from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development in 2008 and 2011 for the purpose of providing Social Service Coordinators at public housing communities to assist resident in their efforts to achieve financial self-sufficiency.
The ROSS Coordinators plan, implement and coordinate activities which promote selfsufficiency. The Coordinators meet with residents in a confidential setting, conduct comprehensive needs assessments, develop individualized “action plans”, assist residents in resume writing and job search and maintain a timely, on-site job bank.
The ROSS Coordinators work closely with local service providers and develop effective professional relationships so that they are able to refer residents to the appropriate organizations for education, job skills training, health and addiction and related programs. In some cases, the local service organizations bring specialized programs to the public housing communities (e.g., Job and Health Fairs, “Strengthening Families”, Computer Classes, Girl Scouts, and Nutrition Workshops). The programs currently operate at the following public housing communities: