Resident Services

Educational Opportunities (Scholarship) annual scholarships are awarded to eligible High School Seniors and Adults who have good scholastic records, leadership potential and community involvement experience. Specific requirements must be met to be eligible and persons must be residents of NNRHA Public Housing communities and HCV clients. Scholarship applications are accepted between January and March. Please call Charlene Bowser, 757-928-6710 for the deadline date. You can download the applications here: Adult Scholarship Application; Student Scholarship Application.

The Boys and Girls Club of the Virginia Peninsula strives to meet the special recreational and educational needs of public housing youth by providing various site offices in NNRHA Public Housing communities. The various sites are located at Marshall Courts and Aqueduct communities. Youth (6-18) attending the NNRHA club sites receive free membership during the school year.

Family Investment Center (FIC) Program assists public housing residents in becoming self-sufficient by providing better access to job training and educational and employment opportunities. Available services include GED referrals, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Training, Job Placement Assistance and Follow up, Resume Preparation, Employability Workshops, Job Fairs, Self Paced Typing, and Transportation.

Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program: HCV and Public Housing program families are offered an opportunity to achieve self-reliance and economic independence through this program. The FSS Program establishes an escrow savings account for each participating family once a family member becomes employed or receives an increase in employment income. This is a great program for residents interested in homeownership.

Tenant Relations Advisors are available to residents in each public housing complex. It is the counselor’s responsibility to assist families or individuals with concerns that may have brought about unexpected changes or crises effecting residents.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program: The Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority, in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) VITA Program, provide free tax preparation and online filing to residents. The VITA site is located at the Family Investment Center. The goal of NNRHA, through the VITA Program, is to educate residents on the various tax credits available to them as well as to minimize the number of targeted taxpayers not receiving their tax returns.

Senior Health Fair and Information Fair: Senior Citizens typically have health-related concerns and are not aware of the numerous community-based resources that are available to them. Each year NNRHA sponsors a Senior Citizens Health and Information Fair to provide our Senior Citizens with current information regarding health services and other services available to them. Approximately forty exhibitors from various agencies and community services participate each year.

Girls Inc. : Girls Incorporated (Girls Inc) is a national nonprofit youth organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Girls Inc has provided vital educational programs to millions of American girls, particularly those in high-risk, underserved areas. These programs help girls confront subtle societal messages about their value and potential, and prepare them to lead successful, independent, and fulfilling lives. Girls Inc is located in the Cypress Terrace public housing recreation center.

Virginia Career Works : To assist our residents with job placement, The Family Investment Center (FIC) partnered with Peninsula Worklink to allow FIC to serve as a SHARE Network Access Point. The SHARE Network Access Points are defined as faith-based and community organizations where job seekers can go in their own neighborhoods or communities to look for jobs, assisted by trained individuals who connect them to the One-Stop system via computers and direct referrals for services such as online job searching and preparing a resume. This program will enable One-Stop Career Centers to extend their resources into underserved communities.

Bright Beginnings Back to School Shopping: NNRHA in partnership with the YMCA provides free backpacks and back-to-school clothing for NNRHA clients. Community Resources staff along with staff members of the YMCA shop at the Newport News Target store for items requested by parents.

Annual Domestic Violence Workshop: NNRHA in partnership with Transitions Family Violence Services hosts an annual Domestic Violence workshop to educate, bring awareness and offer resources available to those impacted by domestic violence.

Go Red For Women: NNRHA in partnership with the American Heart Association and the local Health Department sponsors an annual Go Red For Women event to bring healthy heart awareness to the clients and community. The local Health Department provides health screenings and recommendations to living healthier lifestyles. Approximately 10 vendors attend the event.

Resident Relations Advisor – Senior Services: Providing resources and coordinating supportive services for senior and/or disabled residents living in NNRHA properties which address their health, social, emotional, educational and financial needs. Assess resident needs in order to link to and monitor appropriate services. Assist Seniors with obtaining and maintaining benefits.

Health & Wellness for Seniors: Resident Relations have community partnerships with local agencies to provide needed programming aimed at improving the quality of life for seniors. Programming addresses personal and financial safety, physical health, mental health, and memory care to name a few.

Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Services

The Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority (NNRHA) is committed to providing language assistance services to persons with Limited English Proficiency (LEP). NNRHA will take reasonable steps to ensure that persons with LEP have meaningful access and an equal opportunity to participate in our services and programs.

Language assistance services will be provided free of charge through use of Language Identification Cards (I-Speak Cards) or contracts or formal arrangements with local organizations providing interpretation or translation services.

Dominio Limitado del Inglés (LEP) Servicios

El Newport News Autoridad de Vivienda y Redesarrollo (NNRHA) se compromete a proporcionar servicios de asistencia lingüística a las personas con Dominio Limitado del Inglés (LEP). NNRHA tomará las medidas razonables para asegurarse de que las personas con LEP tengan un acceso significativo y una oportunidad igual para participar en nuestros servicios y programas.

Servicios de asistencia lingüística se proporcionará de forma gratuita a través del uso de los contratos o reordenamientos formal con las organizaciones locales que proporcionan servicios de interpretación o traducción del lenguaje y las tarjetas de identificación (I-Speak tarjetas).