The Housing Authority of the City of Freeport has been selected as the winner of two national awards of merit from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials.
The awards were given for the organization's community revitalization work and resident service initiatives.
The awards will be presented to:
Empowering Residents: HACF residents needed employment and educational opportunities, barriers removed, and empowerment to pursue their goals. The area had lost many jobs; the highest rate ever was in early 2010 at 14.7 percent and currently it is 9.9 percent. HACF started offering a variety of classes to residents at no charge and onsite. Primary support came from the HUD Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Grant Coordinator, other awarded grant funding, Section 3 program funding, and numerous partnerships. Classes covered financial, educational, employment, health awareness and empowerment, in addition to focus topics for youth and elderly.
Sharing the Good News: In 2005, HACF was named to the Troubled Housing Authority list. There was much negative press and ill community opinions of HACF. Employees were not proud of their workplace, and HACF was viewed as housing of last resort. Since then, HACF has greatly improved programming and services, and they involved the public in programming thus fostering a positive view of HACF's work and public housing in the community. Through a focus on public and community relations, HACF is now a respected agency and partner in the community.
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