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Quincy, MA 02170
Phone: (617) 847-4351
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                       Quincy Housing Authority Launches Innovative Training Program
Ten students who are residents of the Quincy Housing Authority graduated from a Home Health Aide non-credit program on Feb. 6. They are the first group of housing authority residents to complete the Home Health Aide program offered by the Quincy Housing Authority working with Quincy College and Best of Care Inc.
Home health aides play some of the most important roles in health care today, with growing numbers of older people needing care in a variety of settings.
The graduation ceremony was held at the Best of Care, Inc. offices, Suite 501S, 1250 Hancock St. in Quincy.  The ceremony also celebrated a 100 percent graduation rate, according to the college. And half, or five of the 10 students will have jobs upon graduation with Best of Care, Inc.

The Quincy College and Quincy Housing Authority Home Health Aide program started in August 2016 with 12 students.

The program is free, open to Quincy Housing Authority residents and will be offered again by Quincy College and Quincy Housing Authority in the Fall of 2017.

“I love this program because it’s free, it gives me the opportunity to learn new things and will open the doors for me for better jobs to support my wonderful family,” student Ilham Hati said. Graduate Jasmine Vazquez added, ” It’s never too late to succeed, you just need to take that first step.”

Students received and participated in classroom training in the housing authority’s classroom space. They used Best of Care Inc. offices to demonstrate skills and visually observe critical skills in practice.

“The QHA and Quincy College program is addressing a shortage of skilled health-care workers for the City of Quincy and the South Shore, Kevin Smith, President and Chief Operating Officer of Best of Care, Inc said. “The shortage of trained workers coupled with an aging population means that the number of elderly needing care dramatically outnumber a skilled workforce.” The home health aides will care for their fellow Quincy Housing Authority neighbors. Aides typically help with cleaning and cooking, provide assistance with daily living activities like bathing and dressing, and provide support for those with moderate, severe or chronic medical conditions.

The goal of the home care program is to help individuals remain at home while maximizing their independence.

“We are so pleased to partner with the housing authority and local area business like Best of Care Inc. to address the changing needs of our aging communities and vocational needs of individuals,”

One of Quincy Housing Authority’s priorities is addressing the increasing demand and need for improving job readiness skills. Currently, half of the residents have not graduated from high school, and due to a lack of education, many residents still struggle to find meaningful, gainful employment - mainly because they don’t have sufficient English skills, compounded by a lack of vocational skills, according to the college press release.

“I love this [Home Health Aide] program because it’s free and it gives me the opportunity to learn new things. It will open the doors for me for better jobs to support my wonderful family,” one Quincy Housing Authority resident and Home Health Aide student said.

“It’s never too late to succeed, just need to take that first step,” another added.

For more information, call Instructor Linda Webber at the Quincy Housing Authority at 781-901-4506.


                                                                              Community Police

The Quincy Housing Authority has unveiled its newest Quincy Police Department Community Office at Tobin Towers, 80 Clay Street. A renovated storage area is now the home of the newest Community Office. This office, located on the first floor, will give Community Police Officer, Jim Silcox, a dedicated space in which he can access a computer and meet with residents.  Community Police Officers seek to improve the quality of life for our citizens. Working the same part of the city gives the officers an opportunity to gain familiarity, ownership, and establish relationships with citizens in their neighborhoods. We have found that citizens, who may not otherwise report a crime or suspicious activity, are more willing to do so if they know an officer personally. Having this space will allow us to better serve our residents living in Quincy Housing Authority properties.  Similar offices have been created at other Quincy Housing Authority properties: O'Brien Towers (73 Bicknell Street); Pagnano Towers (109 Curtis Ave); and Sawyer Towers (95 Martensen Street). An office at Drohan Apartments (170 Copeland Street) is expected in the near future.

                                     Quincy Housing Authority Goes Smoke Free
As of July 1, 2015 the Quincy Housing Authority has established a smoke free environment!   For decades, we have known the harmful effects of tobacco use, including smoking and second-hand smoke exposure.  Health related issues caused by tobacco use also lead to increased medical costs for the community, as well as the individual.  A tobacco and smoke-free environment is a healthier environment for everyone.  Together we can implement strategies that support and sustain healthy lifestyles where people can live, work, learn and play.                        

  Massachusetts Learning, Education and Asset Program    (MassLEAP)

During the MassNAHRO Annual Conference on May 19, 2014 DHCD Undersecretary Aaron Gornstein announced $1.6 million in awards to five Housing Authorities and interagency consortia to launch MassLEAP, an initiative to provide residents of state funding public housing with access to the supports and services necessary to increase their earned income, improve their employment and career options, access post secondary eduction and training, and to build a financial asset base for themselves and their families.  MassLEAP is a five-year program in which DHCD intends to invest $8.1 million to service both state-aided public housing and MRVP residents.  The Quincy Housing Authority is very pleased to be able to offer this program to our residents.  For more information please contact Carolyn M. Crossley Director of Program Management at 617-847-4357.  

                                                                PUBLIC NOTICE

The Quincy Housing Authority will open the Project Based Section 8 Waiting Lists for all three project based developments on May 1, 2013. These developments are The Moorings at Squantum Gardens, Naval Terrace both located in North Quincy, and Wollaston Manor, located on Clay Street, in Wollaston. The lists will remain open until further notice.  Al lapplications recevied after 8:30 A.M. May 1, 2013 and prior to 4:30 P.M. on May 31, 2013 will be placed on the waiting list by lottery.  Applications received after 4:30 P.M. May 31, 2013 will be placed on the waiting list by date and time of receipt.  To be eligible for Project Based Voucher Assistance, applicants must be at least 60 years of age or disabled. This waiting list opening is only to place eligible applicants on a waiting list. There are no apartments immediately available for offer. Applicants will be selected from the Project Based Waiting list based on date and time of application, and preference.  You may obtain an application by visiting the office of the Authority, 80 Clay Street, Quincy, Massachusetts on or after 8:30 A.M. May 1, 2013, you may call 617-847-4391 to have an application mailed to you, or you may print an application from the documents page of this website.  Applicants in need of a reasonable accommodation to file their application should contact Kathleen Healy at 617-984-0450 or via email at khealy@quincyha.com

                                                               PUBLIC NOTICE

The Quincy Housing Authority will cease taking applications for the Family Low Rent Public Housing Program for all bedroom sizes as of Thursday, February 28, 2013 at the close of business, 4:30 p.m.

                   Residential Assistance for Families in Transition Funds Available.

RAFT funds are available to eligible families to provide short term, limited financial assistance to help famlies with at least one child under the age of 21 who are at risk of homelessness.  Eligible families in subsidized housing, including public housing may access RAFT.  Please see the RAFT  fact sheet on the Documents Page, under Announcements for more information.

                     Massachusetts Section 8 Centralized Waiting List

Applicants may now go on line to check their status on the Section 8 Waiting list.  You may also Apply to the waiting list, view and change existing application information, respond to the update mailing, and view important notices and latest news!!  Log on and register today at www.section8listmass.org