The Niagara Falls Housing Authority provides many program initiatives geared towards children and youth including:
An annual event providing a number of resources and fun activities for our community members of all ages.
“Living Large” and “Grow with Me” Tutorial Programs
The “Living Large” and “Grow with Me” after-school tutorial programs are designed to increase the reading and comprehension skills of children and youth in grades K –12. These tutorial programs address the need for improved literacy, which is the key to increased self-esteem, greater learning, higher income and economic self-sufficiency.
Held in conjunction with the Housing Authority’s “Living Large” and “Grow with Me” tutorial programs, the Kid’s Café program provides a nutritionally adequate meal to children (primarily under the age of 17) who are at risk of hunger.
Doris W. Jones Summer Enrichment Program
The Niagara Falls Housing Authority’s Doris W. Jones Summer Enrichment program is a comprehensive summer program that provides individualized educational, social, cultural and recreational components geared to each individual child’s level of learning.
Self-Esteem Building Workshops / Career Counseling / College Prep
With assistance from Niagara County Employment and Training and the ATTAIN Lab, a series of workshops designed to build both self-esteem and prepare individuals for job readiness are held quarterly for older youth and adults. To encourage residents to further their educational goals, college nights and college tours are also provided.
The Good for the Neighborhood Program
In order to provide residents and the community with access to health information and experts, the Niagara Falls Housing Authority partnered with the Independent Health Foundation’s Good for the Neighborhood Program. The program is designed to assist individuals and families in making better healthcare choices and includes “Fitness for Kids” – to help children stay fit and active.
Annual Thanksgiving Feast
Currently in its 20th year, the Niagara Falls Housing Authority’s Annual Thanksgiving Feast provides a traditional Thanksgiving meal (complete with turkey and all the trimmings) to those in need. The event serves 300 children, youth and adults annually and is open to all Niagara Falls Housing Authority residents and deserving individuals and families in the Niagara Falls community.
Annual Male Summit and Let’s Talk Conference
The Niagara Falls Housing Authority’s Annual Male Summit is a powerful event designed for males ages 12 and older to address trends affecting the male population with respect to education, employment and empowerment. Similar to the Male Summit, our Let’s Talk Conference addresses trends affecting the female population.
The Niagara Falls Housing Authority has established two (2) $1,000 annual scholarship opportunities for high school graduating seniors. The scholarships were developed through various fundraising events. Additionally, Niagara Falls Housing Authority staff pay $1.00 each Friday to “dress down,” with all proceeds benefiting the scholarship fund.