Family & Youth
MHRA offers an array of programs for families and youth designed to help children and young people prepare for successful futures while fostering overall family self-sufficiency. Currently, in cooperation with its program partners, MHRA offers educational and recreational programming for residents aged three to adult. Some of the programs MHRA currently offers are:
Manchester School District Developmental Preschool
An MHRA-Manchester School District partnership enables children aged 3-4 to participate in literacy-based educational opportunities in preparation for kindergarten. Morning and afternoon sessions of academic instruction are complemented by wrap-around preschool daycare for children whose parents work. This partnership has received the support of the U.S. Department of Education through a $3 million Early Reading First grant awarded to the program in October 2005. The Authority’s Even Start partnership with the School District provides family centered literacy activities for parents and their preschoolers, and includes early childhood enrichment as well as English as a Second/Other Language and computer literacy programs for adult family members.
MHRA offers recreational and educational programs for youth such as a computer learning lab designed to provide positive activities for out-of-school hours as well as foster academic success.
Academic Incentive Program
For public housing and Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher children and youth, the MHRA-subsidiary Manchester Housing and Redevelopment Foundation offers a program designed to keep kids in school and encourage academic success. Students in elementary, middle, and high school can earn $5 for every “A” grade they receive. Upon graduation from high school, the total amount earned throughout their academic career will be paid out to the graduate to help (we hope) pay for things like college tuition and books, transportation, and work clothes, although there are no restrictions on how the money may be spent. MHRA will only credit accounts on an annual basis and cannot retroactively give credit for previous years’ grades.
Adult Economic Self-Sufficiency For adult residents, MHRA offers a wide range of opportunities designed to economically empower and culturally enrich residents of the Authority’s family developments and leased housing apartments through a variety of economic development and employment initiatives, with emphasis on educational programs, case management, individualized training and support, work based learning opportunities, and overcoming cultural and socioeconomic barriers.
Scholarship Opportunities Scholarship opportunities are available to MHRA residents (both public housing and Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher) each year from a variety of sources including the Manchester Housing and Redevelopment Foundation and various housing industry groups. To apply for the Public Housing Authorities Directors Association (PHADA) scholarship, visit www.phada.org and click the “PHADA Scholarship Application” link.