HUD awards Rockford Housing Authority grant

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded Winnebago County Housing Authority a Public Housing Neighborhood Network Grant in the amount of $165,252 to provide public housing residents greater access to computer technology.

This is the housing authority’s second Neighborhood Network award in two years, the first one in the amount of $200,000.

“These grants help the young and the old become computer savvy,” said HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson. “They give parents and children greater access to resources found on the Internet—everything from employment information to homework help.”

Public Housing Neighborhood Network grants are given to housing authorities across the United States. Housing authorities use this funding to establish, expand or update community technology centers. Neighborhood Networks (NN) centers provide access to computers, computer training and the Internet. NN centers can also provide a range of services to help residents achieve long-term economic self-sufficiency. Public housing authorities may also use the funding to hire staff to manage center activities, purchase equipment, and provide computer, literacy and job training.

Winnebago County Housing Authority Board Chairman Fred Wescott said: “We are extremely excited to be able to provide this opportunity to our residents. The WCHA is constantly seeking new ways to provide increased services to our families as well as the entire community.”

From the Jan. 3-9, 2007, issue

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