The program will provide 627 new computers and job training software for the public at 48 computing centers located in public housing developments, community centers and libraries across the city.
In late July, the City issued a Request for Proposals on how best to spend $7.4 million in federal Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) funds to fight homelessness by significantly expanding prevention services. The City is looking to create a homelessness prevention program where the funded agencies will work in collaboration to create a coordinated City-wide program. This funding was made possible through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Proposals were due on August 17th, and the Department of Neighborhood Development recently allocated award funding - a total of $7.4 million to 13 agencies across Boston.
Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) recently won a municipal Strengthening Communities Fund award from the Administration for Children and Families to support a full-service neighborhood model that develops non-profit and faith-based organizations' capacities to help more low-income Bostonians secure and/or retain employment, earn higher wages, obtain better quality jobs and gain greater access to federal and state benefits and tax credits.
ARRA helped to create and support a number of programs and services that help Americans in recovering from the recent economic downturn. Two such services exist through websites created by the Federal Government that allow for municipalities, community organizations, and income-eligible indidvudals to access information and/or connect with services that support economic recovery.
Dudley Square Elderly Housing Groundbreaking
Mayor Menino, Michael Capuano and Senator John Kerry celebrate the groundbreaking of an ARRA funded elderly housing project in Dudley Square.
Cathedral Housing Development Groundbreaking Announcement
Mayor Menino announces four groundbreakings at Boston Housing Authority (BHA) developments that have been made possible through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
Bill Hartford of the South Boston Running Emporium
Mr. Hartford successfully opened up a small business in South Boston with a specialty on running and athletic gear thanks to loans he received through the Department of Neighborhood Development and ARRA
Mike Monahan, Local 103
Mr. Monahan has seen ARRA funding impact the lives of his union members firsthand.
22 year-old from Dorchester who finally received a summer job after many applications. Thanks to ARRA funding, he received a position at the Boston Centers for Youth and Families and is now a Peace Fellow working at a local community center as a youth councilor.
Teacher Gerda Audry-Wright
Ms. Audry-Wright of the Boston Public Schools has seen ARRA funding expand ELL and Literacy programming at the Charles Taylor Elementary School.
Marie Duggan, Boston Parent
Marie's 19 year-old son has autism and because of ARRA funding, he now utilizes cutting-edge technology to help communicate with his parents and others.
Officer Rachel Olanoff, Boston Regional Intelligence Center Analyst
Officer Olanoff is a cop who has worked in D-4 since May 2008. Officer Olanoff waited for a long time to fulfill her dream of pursuing a career in criminal justice and ARRA funding has helped keep it alive.