Thursday, June 07, 2018 • General
With the coming of spring, Integrity has added four new initiatives to serve Westside homeowners and renters...
Care and Conserve is a City of Atlanta program for low-income water customers that offers repairs and replaces high flow fixtures that may lead to high water bills, at no cost to the customer. In November 2017, Integrity CDC was selected as one of the three Program Managers who will lead the overall implementation of the program and be responsible for required all intake and reporting efforts. Integrity will be working with two other key program partners to implement the three main elements of this program: water conservation education, job training and plumbing repairs. The water conservation training is planned as the entry point into the program services. Individuals can either call the office seeking services and be referred to water conservation workshop series or learn about the program from a program flyer and just come to the first workshop. A series of three one hour-workshops will center on the topics: Water Cosnervation101, Water Audit for Lifestyle change and Water Wise.
As part of our partnership with the plumbing repair contractor, participants in Integrity's Westside Net and Bridge programs will be eligible to receive plumber's repair helper training. After completing the training, plumber's helpers will complete water conservation audits and fixture installations required by the program. Plumbing system repairs will be made by the plumbing contractor.
Integrity will be hiring a dedicated project manager and case manager for this program. Care and Conserve Program activities should begin in the spring of 2018.
Door-to-Door Resident Outreach
Treena Washington and Charlie Brown recently joined Integrity Transformations as door-to-door Outreach Specialists who will work to build relationships, share information and collect data in Westside neighborhoods. Data collected from homeowners will assist with pre-qualification of applicants for the Anti-Displacement Tax Fund, sponsored by the Westside Future Fund and Brush with Kindness, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, programs. Specialists will provide brochures and flyers about life enhancement services available in the community as the topics surface or as needed.
In conjunction with the Atlanta Public Schools and Worksource Georgia, Integrity instituted a free GED program in March. The program is open to all Westside residents that need this service and can help them improve their basic reading and math skills and elevate their TABE scores. The training consists of both traditional and online instruction. Classes are held Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings at our 692 building. See our new GED Program page for more information.
Are You Interested in Buying a House?
Westside Homeownership Readiness Initiative – Integrity will prepare residents of 30314 and 30318, along with Westside Works graduates, for affordable homeownership through education and access to additional housing units. The homeowner education program will begin later this spring. You can register by filling out an application here, or call the office!
In future, Integrity plans to operate as a community housing development agency acquiring affordable housing units for purchase and rental by the workforce we develop. As this additional housing becomes available, Integrity will use its database of workforce development clients as a pool of potential renters and homeowners. We will serve as a pipeline that conveys residents from housing rental to housing ownership as they move from unemployment to full, long-term employment.
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Saturday, March 24, 2018 • Integrity Highlights
A critical part of the Mayor's agenda has been revitalizing Atlanta's Westside. A recent CBS Channel 46 story chronicles Integrity's role in this revitalization.
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Thursday, May 25, 2017 • Integrity Highlights
Integrity Transformations Community Development Corporation recently received $10,000 from the Wells Fargo Foundation to support workforce development through Westside Works' programmatic efforts.
Integrity Transformations Community Development Corporation recently received $10,000 from the Wells Fargo Foundation to support workforce development through Westside Works' programmatic efforts. The funds will assist Westside Works toward providing four levels of service to residents in the 30314 and 30318 zip codes:
- Assessing and addressing participants' barriers to employment
- Providing industry-driven training and industry-recognized credentials in high-demand sectors
- Opening doors to long-term employment and living wage careers with Atlanta's top employers through strategic partnerships
- On-going follow-up and support after job placement through case management services
Westside Works is a community-based workforce readiness program that creates employment opportunities and job training for residents of the Westside community, including Vine City, English Avenue, Castleberry Hill and other contiguous neighborhood. Westside Works training programs focus on Automotive Maintenance and Repair, Construction, Culinary Arts, Healthcare, Information Technology, Childcare and Office Operations.
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Sunday, November 06, 2016 • Integrity Highlights
On October 10th, Arthur Blank of the Blank Foundation handed over keys for the new Westside Works building to Integrity Transformations Community Development Corporation, managing partner of the Westside Works job training facility. The workforce development partnership has placed more than 350 Westside residents in living-wage jobs since it opened 2.5 years ago.
Three of the five training partners will occupy the new building which is located at 261 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd., on the corner of Lowery Blvd and Rock St. The Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA) trains residents on construction ready principles, and New Hope Enterprises provides Certified Nursing Assistant, Microsoft Office Operations and soft skills programs.
Integrity Transformations Community Development Corporation anchors Westside Works as the managing partner, leading the organization by enhancing client relations, managing all aspects of building operations, reporting performance metrics and acting as fiscal agent for the program Integrity will also continue to recruit and orient westside residents who desire job training into the program.
Rev. Beckham, CEO of Integrity Transformations, stated, "There is no greater time than right now for the efforts of the City of Atlanta, the Blank Foundation and Invest Atlanta to come to fruition with opening of our new facility. We hope that its presence will signal to residents that community empowerment can and will happen via workforce development."
The new facility is now open for business. Rev. Beckham welcomes all area residents who are interested in improving their lives to stop by the new facility. The staff is available to assist you in filling out your application from 9 to 4, Monday through Friday.
For further information, please call Westside Works at 404-458-6413.
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