Resident Opportunities Self Sufficiency (ROSS)
ROSS (Resident Opportunities and Self-Sufficiency) Program
The program provides supportive services to enable disabled and elderly residents to remain living independently and/or age in place; supportive services to assist youth, adults and families connect to educational and professional services and training to help them achieve economic self sufficiency. Additionally, the program provides activities to access residents’ health insurance status and connects residents to health resources.
ROSS Coordinator: Jonica Ragland 336-647-4341
Examples of Supportive Services provided or made available to Residents through the program:
Food Pantry for Seniors
Partnership with Food Bank of Central and Eastern N.C., providing free meal boxes to Person Co. seniors (62 years of age or older and meeting income requirements to qualify.) Meets on first Tues. of each month at Lee Gardens Community Center.
Partnership with Telamon
Partnered with Project Pride/Telamon to have agency serve as an on-site Work Experience opportunities, including work attire, for non or under employed persons in Person County. Partnership also provided educational and rental support for eligible participants.
GED/High School Diploma
Partnered with Piedmont Community College to operate an on-site GED program for residents and persons living in Person County. January 2019 began the second semester session for residents to receive individualized instruction in preparation to pass state exams to obtain a GED or High School Diploma.
Provide free basic computer literacy classes for residents.
Tax Education and Tax Preparing Training
Partner with Legal Aid of North Carolina to provide training to residents in free Tax Education and Tax Preparation classes.
Digital Inclusion and Connectivity
Partner with ConnectHomesUSA and local partners to provide digital connectivity, connectivity devices and training to residents of the housing authority. All units and common spaces have free high-speed, broadband WI-FI internet access.