(8/8/18) It’s a big day for the Monroe Housing Authority.
Today the local Public Housing Department announced a $2.3 million grant for the Jobs Plus program.
The money will help fund job opportunities for Burg Jones Lane residents.
MHA will partner with several organizations including Nova Workforce, the United Way and Louisiana Delta Community College.
The program is geared towards improving the quality of life for residents.
Executive Director Frank Wilcox said, “We feel for sure that we are going to get people that are under employed to increase their value. And those that are not employed through this project we are going to get them jobs. We really are going to create a culture of work for that neighborhood.”
Property Manager Curt Thomas said, “The tenants there are below or right at the poverty level, so we are trying to get the residents back to a leveled playing field.”
Monroe was one of 14 cities across the country to receive the award.
The program is expected to kick off in January.