HUD Archives: News Releases

Kristine Foye
(617) 994-821

For Release
February 16, 2007

Program has helped hundreds of area at-risk youth get a new start

QUINCY, MA - Young people who lack basic education face a lifetime of underemployment and can be at higher risk
of homelessness. Today, Training Resources of America, a non-profit agency that helps low-income residents
become self-sufficient, got a boost with the announcement of a grant that will bring skills, diplomas and renovated housing to Quincy.

The $700,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will be used to continue the successful YouthBuild program. The grant, which was announced by HUD Regional Director Taylor Caswell and
Mayor William Phelan, is part of $45.5 million in funding nationwide to help thousands of low-income young people
who never finished high school return to school to earn their diplomas, while training them for a future in the construction trades and other careers. YouthBuild grants provide funding to offer job training and leadership skills
to more than 3,000 young adults in a nationwide network of more than 200 programs that challenge unemployed
and undereducated residents ages 16-24 to work toward their GED or high school diploma while learning
construction skills by building or renovating affordable housing for low-income and homeless individuals. The grant
to TRA is one of eight awarded in Massachusetts totaling $5.6 million.

"The YouthBuild program serves a population that needs a bridge between youth and adulthood," said Caswell. "Training Resources of America has an excellent track record using this funding to help teenagers earn their diplomas and start them on a new career path. At the same time we are renovating homes for low-income families, which creates another advantage for the community."

Since the Quincy YouthBuild program's inception in 2001, more than 150 people, who previously laced basic
education skills, have successfully gone through the program. During this time, 339 units of low-income housing
have been renovated by the YouthBuild students.

According to Isabel J. Cobb, YouthBuild Program Director, "We are thrilled to receive this round of HUD funding to continue our YouthBuild operation here in Quincy. I continually witness firsthand what young people can achieve
when provided the opportunity and support to make positive changes in their lives. YouthBuild is a success because
it gives participants the tools to build a better future for themselves and their community."

With this funding, TRA will partner with the Quincy Housing Authority and the City of Quincy to provide education
and life skills training to area teenagers while renovating 32 public housing buildings.

TRA has been providing education, employment and job training services in Massachusetts since 1975. Through a variety of programs, TRA has made it possible for thousands of economically disadvantaged youth and adults to improve their lives.

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