2015 Top 25
Winners:
Department of Housing & Urban Development
2015
Publication:
Innovations in American Government Awards
Jurisdiction:
Federal

The Norwalk Housing Authority (NHA) created the Norwalk Housing Foundation (NHF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that raises money for college scholarships and other educational services for NHA families. Its mission is to help public housing residents achieve academic preparation, parity, excellence, and a college degree. All of NHF funds go to students and their families for college. Since its inception, the NHF has awarded approximately $840,000 through 318 scholarships to 167 students. As the only public housing authority in Connecticut to offer a scholarship program, the NHF encourages learning and development through a support structure embedded into the program that begins with the NHA’s other educational readiness initiatives, including early childhood through primary education programs and Learning Centers that operate throughout the community.