The primary intervention provided is Job Readiness assistance that includes, but is not limited to, drafting resumes and cover letters, and engaging clients in Job Search activities such as completing online employment applications, preparing for attendance at Job Fairs and referring them to partners like Union County College (UCC) and/or the Retails Skills Center (RSC) to develop new skills like computer literacy and ESL - English as a Second Language classes which are either free or affordable and will increase their appeal to prospective employers.
Clients come to the office site to access information about employment opportunities. Therefore, in partnership with a Job Developer at Union County College (UCC), copies of a weekly Job Connection bulletin are made available for review and consideration. Clients are also provided with information on employment websites that post currently available positions.
The Community Services Staff office site provides local residents with free access to needed technologies such as computers, printer, copier and fax. This equipment is utilized to address a variety of needs like the following: surfing employment website and checking job postings, completing employment applications, applying and checking New Jersey Unemployment Insurance benefits online, paying traffic violations and NJ Motor Vehicle Commission fines, completing educational and occupational training assignments, applying for USF (Universal Service Fund)/LIHEAP (Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program), accessing rental or utility assistance programs (i.e. PROCEED Inc., Catholic Charities, Urban League, St. Joseph’s Social Services), referrals to Furniture Assist, food pantries and/or other such services that are needed.
The Community Service Staff encourages all clients to establish a free email account to assist with Job Search activities, as all online applications require one. Also, we encourage them to check their emails on a regular basis by making use of the Computer Lab, if they do not have access to this technology at home.
The Community Service Staff is available to refer clients who express an interest in securing a GED Certificate by engaging community partners like Brand New Day and its YouthBuild Program that incorporates both an educational and vocational training component. Also, we refer clients to Union County College (UCC) that is an educational and testing site for GED, and provides an Elizabeth site for the Union County Vocational - Technical Schools’ (UCVTS) Youth Corp that provide assistance with GED.
The Community Service Staff is available to work with clients who express an interest in vocational training by assisting them to identify potential funding sources to cover the cost of training (i.e. One Stop, Pell Grants, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation - DVR, other Financial Aid) and to select an appropriate cost-effective program to meet their training and/or employment goals.
The Community Service Staff assists interested residents to identify and access scholarship opportunities for young adults planning to attend college. This includes providing assistance in applying for FAFSA the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It also includes publicizing The Housing Authority of the City of Elizabeth (HACE) Scholarship that started in 2012. In addition, information about other scholarship opportunities such as The Housing Authority Insurance (HAI) Group Scholarship and the City of Elizabeth Arabella Miller Halsey Trust Fund.
Optional Information: It also includes publicizing The Housing Authority of the City of Elizabeth (HACE) Scholarship that started in 2012. This scholarship provides a one-time (non-renewable) (up to) $1,000.00 scholarship offered to high school graduating seniors and college freshman, sophomore, juniors, or seniors at a HBCU or an approved New Jersey College or University. Applicant must have a 2.5 GPA (Grade Point Average) and have a permanent address within the Housing Authority of the City of Elizabeth, NJ and be a public housing/Section 8/Tax Credit resident. In addition, it provides a one-time (non-renewable) (up to) $1,000.00 scholarship for a current graduate student enrolled at any accredited four year College or University within the United States. Applicant must have a 2.5 GPA (Grade Point Average) and have a permanent address within the Housing Authority of the City of Elizabeth, NJ and be a public housing/Section 8/Tax Credit resident.
The Community Service Staff is acquiring practical experience in aiding local residents who require assistance with the process of expungement of criminal records. Though not all criminal records can be expunged, when successful, expungement opens doors and allows individuals whose criminal backgrounds impeded their efforts at job search to secure employment.