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© 2000 The Nelrod Company, Fort Worth, Texas 76109 In conjunction with its own or partnership program, the PHA will provide reasonable accommodations for accessibility to persons with disabilities. The PHA may directly supervise community service activities and may develop and provide a directory of opportunities from which residents may select. When services are provided through partnering agencies, the PHA will confirm the resident’s participation. Should contracting out the community service function be determined to be the most efficient method for the PHA to accomplish this requirement, the PHA will monitor the agency for contract compliance.

The PHA will assure that the service is not labor that would normally be performed by PHA employees responsible for the essential maintenance and property services.

Self-Sufficiency

The PHA will inform residents that participation in self-suf iciency activities for eight (8) hours each month can satisfy the community service requirement and encourage non-exempt residents to select such activities to satisfy the requirement. Such activities can include, but are not limited to:

  • apprenticeships and job readiness training;

  • substance abuse and mental health counseling and treatment;

  • English proficiency, GED, adult education, junior college or other formal education;

  • household budgeting and credit counseling;

  • small business training.

The PHA may sponsor its own economic self-sufficiency program or coordinate with local social services, volunteer organizations and TANF agencies.

Geographic Location

The PHA recognizes that the intent of this requirement is to have residents provide service to their own communities, either in the PHA’s developments or in the broader community in which the PHA operates.

Exemptions

In accordance with provisions in the Act, the PHA will exempt from participation in community service requirements the following groups:

adults who are 62 years of age or older; persons engaged in work activities as defined under Social Security (full-time or part-time

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