ERIC Number: ED085442
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Youth Action to Improve Housing: A Demonstration in Maintenance Training in the District of Columbia.
Nellum (A.L.) and Associates, Washington, DC.
In June, 1969, the Government of the District of Columbia sought and was awarded a grant by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, under Section 314 of the Housing Act of 1954, as amended, to train 25 public housing youths in five maintenance skills: painting, window glazing, landscaping, screening, and carpentry. In addition to being taught one or more of these skills, the trainees were to receive some instruction in property management. They were also to be given some personal and academic counseling. The broad objectives of the 314 demonstration project were two-fold: to improve the condition of public housing units by helping to reduce a large backlog of needed repairs; and to instill a sense of responsibility and pride in the trainees while providing them with skills to enter the job market. Of the original 25 trainees, 18 remained with the program for the full 14 months. Numerous maintenance repairs were accomplished at the public housing sites. There were unmistakable signs that the trainees developed self-confidence and a sense of social worth as a result of the project. All trainees either returned to or continued in high school for the duration of the training program, despite the fact that several had previously dropped out of school or were on the verge of dropping out. (Author/JM)
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Sponsor: Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Nellum (A.L.) and Associates, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia