From 2020 to 2021, the HUD Choice Neighborhoods program hosted a series of virtual webinars to bring grantees, residents, and their partners together and to offer support as they responded to the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19. This page features these webinars, as well as comprehensive toolkits highlighting promising practices from the field and resources shared by expert consultants.
In response to priorities identified by Choice Neighborhoods grantees, the resources below focus on four topics: Family Resiliency, Education, Internet Connectivity, and Employment. We hope that these resources are useful to not only Choice Neighborhoods grantees but also other public housing authorities, resident leaders, multifamily property owners, and community partners as they respond to COVID-19 and its aftermath.
Resources to help you, your partners and residents promote residents’ resiliency in the aftermath of COVID-19 and other life challenges. Content was developed in collaboration with Jocquelyn Marshall of TMC Global Consulting Network LLC, Karen Davis of Curry Davis Consulting LLC, Grace Campion of Enterprise Community Partners and Choice Neighborhoods grantees.
Toolkit - Family Resiliency Toolkit: Strengthening Residents to Face COVID-19 and Other Life’s Challenges
Toolkit topics include: 1) Partnership Engagement to Support Capacity & Growth; 2) Mental Health Supports; 3) Result-Based Accountability Strategies; and 4) Resident Tools to Promote Resiliency.
Resources to equip you and your partners to provide targeted educational services and strengthen families’ ability to support their children’s learning during and beyond COVID-19. Content was developed in collaboration with Windy Lopez-Aflitto of Learning Heroes, Margaret McGilvray of Econometrica and Choice Neighborhoods grantees.
Toolkit - Supporting Our Kids’ Education: Tools to Strengthen Resident Families & Students During COVID-19 & Beyond
Toolkit topics include: 1) Supporting the Role of Parents in Their Child’s Education; 2) Helping Kids Catch Up: Learning Loss and Summer Supports; 3) Developing Out-of-School Time Programs and Tutoring; and 4) Learning Hubs as An Alternative to At-Home Learning.
- Ready-to-Use Family Tips and Resources Flyers
- Catching Kids Up: Learning Loss and Summer Supports
- Developing Virtual Out-Of-School Time Programming
- Supporting Parents with At-Home Learning: Deep Dive into Motivating & Engaging Students and Communicating with Schools
- Supporting Parents with At-Home Learning: Overview & Resources
- Developing and Partnering with Learning Hubs
Resources to enable you to enhance your internet connectivity, expand the digital competency of residents and help shrink the digital divide of low-income communities. Content was developed in collaboration with Tony Frank of PCs for People, Kurt Peluso and Maribel Martinez of EveryoneOn, Margaret McGilvray of Econometrica and Choice Neighborhoods grantees.
Toolkit – Coming Soon
Toolkit topics include: 1) Basics of Internet Connectivity; 2) Bringing In-Home Internet Service to PHA Properties; 3) Finding Affordable Computers/Devices for HUD-Assisted Households; and 4) Brining Digital Literacy Training to HUD-Assisted Households
- The ConnectHome Playbook
- The Basics of Internet Connection Types
- Phoenix Housing Connect User Guide (User Guide for New Computer Recipients in English & Spanish)
- Digital Literacy Sample Needs Assessment Questions
- Digital Literacy Sample Evaluation Questions
Resources for you and your partners to address the most common workforce development issues facing residents and to help them find “good jobs” and “good employers”. Content was developed in collaboration with Lucretia Murphy of Jobs for the Future, Margaret McGilvray of Econometrica and Choice Neighborhoods grantees.
Toolkit – Coming Soon
Toolkit topics include: 1) Workforce Development Trends and Strategies; 2) Transforming Workforce Programs for COVID and Beyond; 3) Connecting Residents to “Good Jobs”; and 4) Connecting Residents to “Good Employers”.