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COMMUNITY SERVICE POLICY

Section 512 of the Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act of 1998, which amends Section 12 of the Housing Act of 1937, establishes a new requirement for non-exempt residents of public housing to contribute eight (8) hours of community service each month or to participate in a self-sufficiency program for eight (8) hours each month. Community service is a service for which individuals are not paid. The South Delta Regional Housing Authority (herein referred to as PHA) believes that the community service requirement should not be perceived by the resident to be a punitive or demeaning activity, but rather to be a rewarding activity that will benefit both the resident and the community. Community service offers public housing residents an opportunity to contribute to the communities that support them.

In order to effectively implement this new requirement, the South Delta Regional Housing Authority establishes the following Policy, effective October 1, 1999.

A.

Community Service

The PHA will provide residents, identified as required to participate in community service, a variety of voluntary activities and locations where the activities can be performed. The activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • improving the physical environment of the resident’s developments;

  • selected office related services in the development or Administrative Office;

  • volunteer services in local schools, day care centers, hospitals, nursing homes, youth or senior organizations, drug/alcohol treatment centers, recreation centers, etc;

  • neighborhood group special projects;

  • self-improvement activities such as household budget, credit counseling, English proficiency, GED classes or other educational activities;

  • tutoring elementary or high school age residents; and

  • serving in on-site computer training centers.

Voluntary political activities are prohibited.

B.

Program Administration

The PHA may administer its own community service program in conjunction with the formation of cooperative relationships with other community based entities such as TANF, Social Services Agencies or other organizations which have as their goal, the improvement and advancement of disadvantaged families. The PHA may seek to contract its community service program out to a third-party.

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