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RRHA Introduces a Package of “Hope, Jobs, and Security” for Public Housing Family and Senior Communities

September 14, 2023

901 Chamberlayne Parkway (rear parking lot)
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RICHMOND, VA—Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s (RRHA) package of “Hope, Jobs, and Security” is taking a holistic approach to meeting the needs of Richmond’s public housing family and senior communities.

Join RRHA, Richmond Chief of Police Rick Edwards, state and local officials, public housing residents, and a number of partners and stakeholders at the media announcement on Thursday, September 14, 2023, at 11 a.m. in the parking lot of 901 Chamberlayne Parkway, Richmond VA 23220.

Among the supporters and contributors of this package are those on the state level which are providing some of the funding for the services being offered to public housing families.

“RRHA is very excited to roll out this program which will change the trajectory of our public housing families. Our approach is a holistic one, focusing on the physical and mental aspects of our residents, and also providing opportunities to achieve self-sufficiency through job and workforce training. Additionally, we are also looking to expand health and wellness services provided by the Resource Centers already located in our communities. We’ve tried to think of it all,” said RRHA CEO Steven Nesmith.

Among the many benefits included in this package specifically for public housing family and senior communities are workforce training and job opportunities for youth and adults, conflict resolution training, health and wellness services, after-school activities for youth, and a security force to restore safety and welfare to each community.

To provide security services for RRHA communities, RRHA has brought on board Sentry Force Security, a private firm specializing in armed and unarmed uniformed security services. Sentry comes highly recommended as they are also providing services for the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority. Services will include a total of nine highly trained officers who will patrol each of RRHA’s public housing family and senior communities. They will work closely with the Richmond Police Department and be a resident-led initiative with input and feedback from each community that they patrol.

RRHA held successful Town Hall Meetings in each community during the week of August 21, 2023, where the security team was on hand to meet and greet residents in attendance. There was also attendance from RRHA’s nearby senior communities.

As an added benefit, RRHA has partnered with nearly a dozen agencies that will be the source of our aggressive and robust job and workforce training piece as well as a partnership with the Virginia Health Department that will provide health and wellness services and self-help tools. Residents may soon take advantage of these services by reaching out to the resident services coordinator in their community.

RRHA will be standing with these partners at the media announcement on September 14, 2023, at 11 a.m. in the rear parking lot of 901 Chamberlayne Parkway.  

For more information about the Hope, Jobs, and Security package, visit rrha.com/HJS.