The New Bedford Housing Authority has secured funding from HUD to employ two Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) Program Coordinators. The purpose of the ROSS Coordinator program is to provide funding to hire and maintain Service Coordinators who will assess the needs of residents of conventional Public Housing and coordinate available resources in the community to meet those needs. In addition, ROSS Coordinators create cohesive strategies which incorporate both public and private resources, residential empowerment activities, and other supportive services. These services enable participating families to increase earned income, reduce and/or eliminate the need for welfare assistance, and make progress toward achieving economic independence and housing self-sufficiency.
The ROSS Coordinators are currently assigned to the Bay Village and Presidential Heights developments. The NBHA is hopeful to secure additional funding to expand our ROSS Program in the near future. If you would like more information, please contact Esperanza Alejandro-Berube (DeMello International Building) 508-997-4829 or Lizandra Gonzalez (Presidential Heights) at 508-961-3125.