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City Heights is Target for $2 Million Grant to Increase Employment, Earnings

This story has been updated to clarify that the grant was the largest social services grant for the Housing Authority. The Hope VI project in Covington represents the largest grant overall.

The Housing Authority of Covington was awarded its largest-ever social services grant.

The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development granted $2,203,270 to the agency for its Jobs Plus Initiative.

The grant will target City Heights, the housing project atop a hill overlooking the city.

In a news release, HAC said that the purpose of the grant is to develop locally-based, job-driven approaches to increase earnings and employment among low-income residents.

The grant's core components include employment and training, community support for work, and financial incentives.

Several local organizations supported the agency’s federal application by pledging over $600,000 in in-kind contributions to the project. The Northern Kentucky Area Development District, Kentucky Career Center, and Brighton Center are among the project’s lead partners.

Grant funds will be used for agency and partner staffing, office space, and resident support designed to increase access to services while offering incentives for program participation, the news release said.

The Housing Authority of Covington board of commissioners will meet on August 15 to consider a resolution to accept the grant. If approved, work will begin in September.

-Staff report

Photo: City Heights (RCN file)