Proud of our YouthBuild’ers who participated in this great community day!
Proud of our YouthBuild’ers who participated in this great community day!
Program to offer help to West Virginians is not accepting applications. Click here to for more information.
Check out the coverage of our recent “Paint For a Cause” fundraiser. And thank you to all who came out to support YouthBuild.
See below or use this link to view on WV Pubic’s website.
There are so many young people in the U.S. who are not in school, working, or training for work, that there’s a name for it. They are disconnected youth and West Virginia has one of the highest rates in the nation — 17 percent.
It’s a tough group to track down because there’s a stigma attached to this status; however, a few programs are trying to bridge this gap by connecting with young people and giving them a pathway and the support they need to train for a job and a career.
On this episode of Us & Them, host Trey Kay explores why some young West Virginians struggle so much to move forward. We’ll also hear from a few Mountain State leaders who talk about how we might help them.
Check out this article in the Intermountain about our own Sharell Harmon.
RCHA has 2 positions available. We have a part-time Program Assistant position open as well as a full time Job Coach for our WORC program. Please view and apply through Indeed.
Please view this announcement for information regarding the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program provided by the FCC.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – Marcia L. Fudge, Secretary
Office of Public Affairs, Washington, DC 20410
HUD No. 21-050 FOR RELEASE
HUD Public Affairs Thursday
202-708-0685 April 1, 2021
HUD COMMEMORATES NATIONAL FAIR HOUSING MONTH 2021
Click here to watch Secretary Fudge’s video statement on Fair Housing Month.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today kicked off Fair Housing Month 2021. This year’s Fair Housing Month theme, Fair Housing: More Than Just Words, reflects the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to advancing equity in housing and the importance of increasing public awareness of everyone’s right to fair housing.
“Fair Housing Month is a time to recommit to our nation’s obligation to ensure that everyone has equal access to safe, affordable housing,” said HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. “Unfortunately, housing discrimination still exists, from individuals and families being denied a place to call home because of the color of their skin or where they come from, to landlords refusing to allow persons with disabilities to keep assistance animals, to individuals being denied a place to live because of who they love. In this moment of unprecedented crisis, fair housing is more important than ever. 53 years after the Fair Housing Act was signed, our journey to justice in housing continues.”
Each April, HUD, local communities, fair housing advocates, and fair housing organizations across the country commemorate Fair Housing Month by hosting an array of activities that highlight HUD’s fair housing enforcement efforts, enhance Americans’ awareness of their fair housing rights, and emphasize the importance of ending housing discrimination.
Secretary Fudge will commemorate Fair Housing Month with a virtual celebration on April 7th at 2 p.m. Eastern time that will also feature the Justice Department’s Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Pamela Karlan; HUD’s Acting Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, Jeanine Worden; and HUD Senior Advisor Alanna McCargo.
In addition to highlighting HUD’s enforcement activities, a central focus of this year’s commemoration with the Biden-Harris Administration’s pledge to end housing discrimination, provide redress to those who have experienced housing discrimination, to eliminate racial bias and other forms of discrimination in all stages of home-buying and renting, and to secure equal access to housing opportunity for all.
Last year, HUD and its Fair Housing Assistance Program partner agencies received more than 7,700 complaints alleging discrimination based on one or more of the Fair Housing Act’s seven protected classes: race, color, national origin, religion, sex, family status, and disability. During that period, the categories with the highest number of complaints were disability and race, respectively. HUD also received complaints that alleged lending discrimination as well as numerous complaints from women who faced unfair treatment, including sexual harassment.
“Although the Fair Housing Act became law in 1968, we still have major challenges ahead of us,” said Jeanine Worden, HUD’s Acting Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. “This April, on the 53rd anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, HUD is renewing its commitment to level the playing field so every person has the same opportunity to live where they choose and benefit from all of the opportunities this nation offers.”
For a complete listing of HUD Fair Housing Month events and activities, go to: www.hud.gov/FHM2021.
People who believe they have experienced discrimination may file a complaint by contacting HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at (800) 669-9777 (voice) or (800) 877-8339 (Relay). Housing discrimination complaints may also be filed by going to hud.gov/fair housing.
The RCHA office will be closed on Friday, April 2, 2021. We will return to normal working hours on Monday, April 5th.
Thank you for your understanding!
The federal eviction moratorium was extended through June 30, 2021. See this order for details.
Did you know that your Amazon purchases can support a charitable organization? RCHA has set up an Amazon Smile account to benefit our
Event: Financial Education (FOC PROGRAM)
When: Fri Mar 26th 2:00pm – 3:30pm (EDT)
Where: Contact us to reserve your spot at the Learning Center (304) 940-3966
Full details at: https://tockify.com/worclc/detail/11/1616781600000
The Randolph County Housing Authority is happy to announce a partnership with Highland Community Builders to launch a Financial Opportunity Center, or FOC. The mission of the FOC is to help our clients reach their financial goals. We offer financial counseling to improve credit ratings, teach our clients savings techniques, and work to complete budgets to help you better manage your money. We can also offer employment coaching and income supports, where we help you navigate the workforce, meet with potential employers, and access additional resources and social services to help you with immediate funding. We believe that you would be a great candidate for the FOC based on your plans and goals that you have shared with us. If you would be interested in learning more about what this program can do for you, please feel free to respond to this email or call me at 304-940-3966.
Check out this interview by Next Century Cities with our own Jennifer Griggs, Connecting “Hill” Communities in Randolph County West Virginia.
Press coverage of our Learning Center Ribbon Cutting: https://www.wboy.com/top-stories/randolph-county-citizens-gain-new-educational-center/
If you missed our Facebook Live, here is a video of our virtual ribbon cutting this morning.
Join us as we host a Virtual Ribbon Cutting of our Learning Center in Downtown Elkins. Learn More about the classes to be held at our Center.
RCHA’s own Josh Wanstreet (Healthy Home Community Health Worker) accompanying Ben Townsend for a live stream concert! Enjoy!
The Emerging Leaders Initiative is an executive-level series intended to accelerate the growth of high-potential small businesses in America’s underserved cities. Developed by the SBA and drawing on the experiences of advisors and business leaders in urban communities across the country, this comprehensive curriculum provides the tools to assist business owners with catapulting their company to the next level and to help them to emerge as a force in their community.
The Emerging Leaders Virtual Program equips key decision makers with knowledge, tools, and networking connections to help to advance their business. Participants will leave with a better understanding of their business capacity through an individualized three-year growth plan.
This training is for established business owners and is not for start-ups or people who are thinking about starting a business. The Emerging Leaders Initiative is an advanced training series open to small business owners and executives that:
If interested, participants should complete the online application by the deadline of Thursday, February 25, 2021 at https://www.interise.org/sbaemergingleaders and select Fairmont, WV under the Program Location pull-down menu.
Click here for additional information.
Businesses interested in SBA’s Emerging Leaders Program are invited to learn more by contacting Melissa Loder, program manager, at [email protected] or at (304) 623-7448.
Check out the latest news and services from our Healthy Home department in the FEBRUARY 2021 Newsletter.
The waiting list for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program for rental assistance will open on Monday, February 8, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. Procedures have changed due to COVID19. There will be no walk-in applications taken. Here is how you get started:
Click this link to complete the pre-application. After the pre-application is submitted, you will be sent an application to complete and return.
Applications must be returned to our office drop box at 2280 Randolph Avenue Elkins, WV or by mail, received by the due date on the application.
Faxed and email copies of the application will not be accepted– we must have the original. If the application is incomplete or not legible, applicants will not be placed on the waiting list.
If you have questions, please call 304-636-6495 x.10 or TDD 304-637-7604.
Our own Executive Director, Karen Jacobson was interviewed as well as some of our funders for this NYT article. Click on this link to read the entire article.
Woodlands Development Group and Woodlands Community Lenders are sharing this flyer outlining their COVID resources.
See this article on the Biden Administration Announcement on Foreclosure Moratorium and Mortgage Forbearance Deadline Extension That Will Bring Relief to Rural Residents.
Click here to be directed to the CDC’s website for this information.
Please click on the flyer below to learn more about our relief program.
Story on the recent vote regarding application for a CDBG/COVID-19 Grant. https://www.theintermountain.com/news/local-news/2020/10/county-seeking-covid-19-funds/