Introduction: This research project is designed to provide the Phenix City Housing with an area demographic comparison and provide recommendations on the enhancing the current job training opportunities and partnerships. This research paper will align with the strategic plan of the Phenix City Housing Authority Strategic plan. This research paper limited the demographic research to a 100 mile radius of Phenix City Alabama area. By limiting the research to a manageable radius, the research would provide the best data possible to Phenix City Housing Authority and allow an ease of cooperation purely based on geographic distance. Additionally, the research will provide social and economic comparisons that would more closely mirror those of Phenix City Housing Authority. This paper will provide three separate deliverables as part of the group project requirement. Deliverable one researched the different kinds of job skill training made available within the selected radius. Deliverable two focused on researching the “for profit groups” that provides specialized services within the transportation arena which provide exclusive service to the resident of the Phenix City Housing Authority. Finally, deliverable three focused on potential and possible partnerships with the “for profit” groups and the Phenix City Housing Authority. These possible partnerships will showcase areas of potential collaboration and long term services to the Housing Authority. Before the research the research could be conducted thoroughly, several definitions needed to be base lined. Also to avoid conducting unnecessary research the research group thoroughly studied the 2014 Strategic Plan for the Housing Authority. Lastly understanding the benefits available to the residents of a housing authority was imperative. What is a Housing Authority?
Housing authorities are independent agencies who are chartered under state and federal law. Their charter is to act as a not-for-profit organization that acts as a public corporation on behalf of the residents. The housing authorities typically have very strong relationships with the local, state and federal governments. Additionally, housing authorities receive a financial subsidy from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. Housing authorities don’t receive any financial assistance from local or state governments. Who is eligible for housing authority assistance?
Most housing authorities in the United States and particularly in Alabama and Georgia maintain a threshold of financial requirements to be a participant in the housing authority and in accordance federal law of section 8 US code. To be eligible for benefits, a person or family unit must be able to show financial hardship. The financial hardship is typically considered low income. Those income levels are based on the median income level as defined by the United States Housing and Urban Development.i Table 1 below is not intended to suggest that the Phenix City Housing Authority is responsible for these different local populations, it is provided to base line the demographic attributes that contribute to the housing authority and will also help draw conclusion about Russell County Alabama.
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Russell County, Alabama
Lee County. Alabama
Chattahoochee County, Georgia
Harris County, Georgia
Muscogee County, Georgia
Stewart County, Georgia
Interesting conclusions can be drawn by the demographic information above. Focusing the analysis on Russell County Alabama, the research suggests that 86% of the residents of the county earn an average of $29,633.00/year.ii Table 2 below suggests that the income gap between less than high education, high education and college education are great....
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