Housing Hope employment and education program receives $130,000 grant from Boeing

The Boeing Company provided a $130,000 grant to Housing Hope’s education, employment and training program.

The Housing Hope program provides employment and education services to people experiencing homelessness, poverty and other adversities in Snohomish County. According to a press release announcing the grant, the program enables individuals to earn a GED, high school diploma, diploma or certificate, and prepares them to pursue paid careers that they are passionate about.

Housing Hope owns and operates 541 affordable housing units at 23 sites throughout Snohomish County, with two projects planned for South Snohomish County.

The Housing Hope Training Academy is a free service that teaches transferable practical and vocational skills to long-term unemployed, underemployed and underrepresented people who wish to enter the labor market to support themselves or those of their family.

Housing Hope said the program aims to increase the number of underrepresented people seeking career opportunities in STEM and other in-demand sectors in 2023. The goal is to support 60 people to get training in course of employment, to obtain a job or to pursue studies.

“This award will have a positive impact on our community and participants for years to come,” said Erin Matthews of Housing Hope, director of the employment, education and training program. “We are beyond grateful for Boeing’s recognition of our work and understanding of the needs of our community. We are inspired.

“Career employment is the most reliable route out of poverty,” continued Matthews. “By providing employment, education and training, we position people to reach their highest level of self-reliance so they can also thrive and recognize their self-worth.”

For more information on the Jobs, Education and Training program, visit www.housinghope.org/jobs-and-education

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