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Skills Training/Educational Opportunities

Building Pathways

Building Pathways is a seven-week pre-apprenticeship program to prepare participants for a career in the building and construction trades. This program is open to all Boston Housing Authority (BHA) residents and City of Boston residents who meet Section 3 requirements for low and very-low income. Participants will receive coordinated case management and job placement services.

Do I qualify for the Building Pathways program?
Here are the minimum requirements.

  • Proficient in English and math
  • Interested in a career in the construction industry
  • Ability to perform physically challenging work in extreme weather
  • Drug-free and willing to take a drug test for admission
  • Reliable transportation (vehicle that runs or plan to have one by end of program)
  • Have a driver’s license
  • Achieved a high school diploma or GED
  • Authorized to work in U.S.
  • 18 years of age or older at start of training
  • BHA resident or Boston resident meeting the Section 3 income requirements for low and very-low income.

Applicants who meet the minimum requirements will be evaluated and tested before being accepted into the program. Once accepted, the program includes classroom training and hands-on learning.

How can I join?
To find out about the next cycle of Building Pathways, contact Azell Martin by email or call (617) 988-4091.  To attend an Information Session, see the attached flyer.

Resident Health Advocate (RHA) Training Program

The RHA program is a 10-week community health worker training program sponsored by the BU School of Public Health Partners in Health & Housing Prevention Research Center. Residents of the BHA’s family public housing developments are eligible to apply. Each session focuses on a specific health topic and graduates of the program are eligible to apply for a limited number of paid internships, which last approximately six months. The program is ideal for residents interested in a career in the healthcare field.

How can I join?
For more information, contact Rachel Goodman at (617) 988-4021 or Greg Davis at (617) 988-5101.

Charlestown Adult Education Program (ESL/GED)

This program offers preparatory GED and GED classes to adults (18 years and older) who wish to complete their high school education. The program also offers English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. In addition to classroom instruction, students may also access individualized tutoring and computer skills classes. Preference is given to BHA residents of the Charlestown development. Classes are held at 76 Monument Street in Boston.

How do I join?
For more information, contact Lori D’Alleva or Gwendolyn Sweatman at (617) 635-5221.

Northeastern University Scholarship

This scholarship provides full-time undergraduate studies at Northeastern University’s Residential College for the duration of the program. Graduating high school seniors or transfer students living in BHA public housing (including HOPE VI sites) are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Each year, BHA checks eligibility for each student living in public housing. In November and December, BHA and Northeastern University host special Information Sessions for public housing residents that are interested in applying for the scholarships. Interested residents are strongly encouraged to attend one of these sessions. This scholarship is currently open to public housing residents only.

How do I apply?
For the most up-to-date information, see our blog or contact Rachel Goodman by email or at (617) 988-4021. For more information, read the BHA Scholarship Fact Sheet . Applicants will also need to provide the Landlord Verification Letter.

Housing Authority Insurance Group, Inc. (HAIG) Resident Scholarship Program

The Resident Scholarship Program is sponsored by the HAIG Inc., one of BHA’s insurance providers. The program offers BHA residents scholarships to attend college, university or technical school. Residents living in public housing or Section 8/leased housing for at least six months prior to the application deadline (April 30) can be entered into a drawing for a chance to be awarded one of 50 scholarships, worth $2,500 each. This process occurs yearly. The scholarship may be used to pay for tuition, books or school supplies and the funds are deposited in a special account that goes directly to the school or college.

To qualify, you must

  • Must be at least 16-years-old at the time of entry and enter with the permission of their parent or legal guardian.
  • Must be a BHA public housing or Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) resident for at least six months.
  • Must be or will be enrolled in the fall for the 2015-16 academic year in an accredited and/or licensed technical school or accredited two- or four-year college or university in the United States.
  • Must be a US citizen.

How do I apply?
For more information and to apply, click here or visit the program online. If you have any questions please call (800) 873-0242 ext 639 or email

Boston Public Computing Center

The Boston Public Computing Center is a partnership between BHA, Boston Centers for Youth & Families, Boston Public Library and the City of Boston’s Department of Innovation and Technology. Beginning in 2009, this effort created new and/or upgraded existing computer labs throughout the City of Boston.

The purpose is to provide low-income Boston residents, particularly BHA residents, access to high speed Internet and up-to-date software with the intent to learn how to use technology for education, employment and improved access to vital resources.

BHA has 10 computer centers in collaboration with some of its local tenant organizations and other community based organizations. Some centers are operated by BHA partners, and other are run directly by BHA. The centers are open to the public and have varying business hours.

Where are the Computing Centers located?
Contact specific centers for hours of operation and available services. For general information, contact Mary Whouley by email or (617) 988-4333.

  1. Alice H. Taylor at The Johnson Center, 68 Annunciation Road, Roxbury; (617) 635-5030

  2. Bromley Heath, 964 Parker Street, Jamaica Plain; (617) 318-1161

  3. Barkley Apartments (Cathedral), 1472 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, South End; Ucilla Wilson (617) 988-5183

  4. Charlestown, 76 Monument Street – 2nd Floor; Gwendolyn Sweatman (617) 635-5211

  5. Commonwealth at CTA, 35 Fidelis Way, Brighton; (617) 787-2727

  6. Franklin Field, 70 Ames Street (Rear/Basement), Dorchester; Miosotis Troncoso (617) 265-5358

  7. Lenox Camden, 575 Shawmut Ave. #355, Roxbury; Michael Collins (617) 988-4310

  8. Mary Ellen McCormack, 7 Sterling Square, S. Boston; Carlos Renta (617) 297-5580

  9. South Street at The South St. Youth Center, 15 St. Rose Street (Rear/Basement); (617) 477-8263

  10. W. Broadway at The W. Broadway Tenant Task Force, 135 Orton Marotta Way; (617) 464-1910