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 336-583-5531
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.
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. The Housing Authority is considering reestablishing this program in the coming months.
Provide free basic computer literacy classes for residents. The Housing Authority offers hands on computer classes for beginners. When you finish course-work devices may be available for those that attend all computer sessions.
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.