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PRIDE, the Housing Authority’s new tenant orientation program, is an acronym for People taking Responsibility for Individual Development and Economic Success. The aim of the program is to familiarize new residents with program rules and regulations, fraud prevention, and onsite social service programs offered to residents.
Staff members from administration, property management, and maintenance participate in the program. Contact information and an overview of each department are provided to participants. Residents also view a power point presentation entitled “Welcome to Your New Home” which provides housekeeping hints and expectations for proper apartment maintenance.
The primary goals are to positively promote public housing, build stronger relationships with residents, promote community and self pride.
REACH is an acronym for Reaching Economic self-sufficiency by Accessing Career opportunities from Home. REACH is an onsite program for residents living in Tupelo Housing Authority Communities. This program is located at the Community Center on North Madison Street in the Park Hill Village West Community. Residents have access to computers with internet for job related websites, completing on-line applications, and taking on-line classes. Resources are also available to develop resume preparation and interviewing skills.
Homebuyer education classes are offered on a quarterly basis to residents on the process of buying a home. The classes are provided by the City of Tupelo Planning and Development Department and the Neighborhood Home Corporation. Realtors, home inspectors and lending institutions also participate in providing information to class participants.
Budgeting classes are provided monthly to assist residents in preparing a personal budget. Class participants learn budgeting, the benefits of budgeting, and how to use a budgeting tool.
S.P.A.r.K. (Summer Program of Arts for Kids)
Tupelo Housing Authority sponsors a six-week summer program for residents. Children ages 6-12 years old participate in various forms of art expression as well as other fun activities.
GED classes are offered to the public through Itawamba Community College at various locations and times. Transportation and childcare can be arranged for Tupelo Housing Authority residents. Testing fees are paid by Tupelo Housing Authority.