The Housing Authority of Winston-Salem recognizes the power of partnerships, with community leaders, residents and other organizations with common goals, to increase the impact of our key resources—time, talent and funds.  In the following sections, we provide details on some of our most productive partnerships, and how they help us to enhance the quality of life in Winston-Salem.

Winston-Salem Urban League (Quality of Life Initiative)

Winston-Salem Urban League provides an array of programs that serve a range of clients from youth to the older adult in our communities. The League provides leadership training and employment/job readiness programs to these populations. Other services include health and wellness outreach and diversity training. The League also engages in serving as an advocate for African-Americans, other minorities and the disadvantaged in order that economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights might be achieved.

Communities in Schools (Community Learning Centers)

The goal of Community Learning Centers is to bring existing educational, health and social services and other human resources into low- income housing communities. Working in conjunction with dozens of government, business, nonprofit and faith community partners, the on-site centers deliver basic education and job training to students and their parents to assist them in achieving economic self-sufficiency. Center partners leverage private dollars, utilize volunteer and other community resources to avoid duplication of effort and more effectively deliver essential services to young people and families. Based on the success of these centers in North Carolina, a national partnership has been formed between Communities in Schools of Forsyth County and the Housing Authority of the City of Winston Salem to replicate this success in the Piedmont Park, Cleveland Avenue Homes, Willows Peak and Stoney Glen Apartments communities. This after school care allows working parents to continue to send their children to a quality education program while they maintain employment.

Communities In Schools (CIS) is the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit organization helping kids succeed in school and prepare for life. The network of CIS state and local programs connects 1.3 million kids annually to resources they need in more than 23,000 schools and other educational sites in 32 states.

North Carolina Cooperative Extension Services (Expanded Food and Nutrition Program)

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Program (EFNEP) classes have been implemented in all our public housing communities. The EFNEP, a Federal program, is designed to assist limited resource audiences in acquiring the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and changed-behavior necessary for nutritionally sound diets, and to contribute to their personal development and the improvement of the total family diet and nutritional well-being. Partnering with EFNEP is opportunity to be proactive in providing services to assist with employment retention. Tenants would learn how to make healthy, cost-efficient meals; as well as how to prepare meals in advance to save time during their work week. Most of our households are headed by single parents with more than two children. Learning to juggle home, family, and the addition of work can prove to be very stressful causing many to choose which is most important. Additionally, upon completion, students enrolled the class will receive Food Preparation and Handling certificates; which may help with obtaining employment in the food service industry.