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The Community Service and Self-Sufficiency Requirement (CSSR) is mandated by Congress as a part of the Public Housing Reform Act of 1998. This law requires that every adult resident (18 or older) in public housing contribute or participate for eight (8) hours each month in a community service or a self-sufficiency activity or combination of both, as a condition of receipt of Federal housing assistance.

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Curwin Circle Resident Services Coordinator

Cathy Rowe
(339) 883-2624

The CCYP is specifically for Curwin Circle residents and offers year round programming to Curwin youth which includes after school programming, summer camps, youth resident council, weekly teen nights and community events.  The CCYP programs are available for youth ages 5-19, all programs are free.  The main goal of the CCYP is to offer Curwin Youth a safe and fun environment for youth to learn, play and grow.  We have a Rec Hall on site where a majority of the programs are held which consists of a computer lab, table games, arts and crafts, library and educational tools. For outdoor activity, we have 2 basketball courts, the pee wee court and a playground.  The program encourages education, social skills, physical activity and geared toward promoting healthy behaviors and healthy choices for all youth. The program often goes on fieldtrips and attends events through our community partners ‘A Bed For Every Child,’ Lynn Parks & Rec and the Lynn YMCA.

The CCYP Youth Council consists of Curwin youth (mostly teens) who engage in volunteer programs both in and out of Curwin Circle.  They participate in community cleanups, volunteer at My Brothers Table, mentor younger CCYP youth members as well work with the Curwin Circle Resident Council to help plan and participate in Curwin community events throughout the year.

The HALT  (Harmony Among Lynn Teens ) Conference is a yearly event for all Lynn teens to participate in.  The event is in its 22nd year and it held every Spring at Lynn Tech. Teens are invited to the event where they participate in workshops geared toward violence prevention, safe sex education, drug and alcohol prevention, job skills and college prep.  The night also consist of a resource fair, basketball tournament, a dance and food is served.  Typically 200-250 teens attend the event.  The HALT planning committee is led by LHAND and also includes Lynn Police, Girls Inc and Lynn Parks and Rec.

The Youth Employment Program hires between 25-30 youth each summer, along with 2 supervisors. Their duties include landscaping, picking up trash and general community cleanup throughout LHAND sites as well as city parks and playgrounds.  Youth workers range in ages 14-18, work Monday through Thursday, 20 hours a week throughout July and August.  As part of their employment responsibilities, teens are required to participate in workshops provided by the LHAND. Workshops focus on financial management (workshops led by local banks/credit unions), violence prevention (led by LPD) and safe sex education (led by Girls Inc).

Curwin juniors and seniors work with local college students to prep for all the steps necessary to attend college. This includes visits to local colleges, application assistance, essay writing, scholarship assistance, financial aid guidance along with any other assistance needed to help students achieve their goal of attending college. Most recently we made some changes and will be working with training and certification programs to help guide any students who are seeking an alternative career path. *one of the pictures for the scholarship program in group folders includes a photo of 6 members of the CCYP who received LHAND scholarships, 5 to college and one pursued training in HVAC.

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