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LMHA and Sherwin-Williams kicked-off “Home Work” program

TOLEDO, July 27, 2018: Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority (LMHA) and Sherwin-Williams have kicked-off their second Sherwin-Williams “Home Work” paint training program which began on July 23 and ran through July 27.

This is the second of three training sessions offered by LMHA and Sherwin-Williams. The sessions are open to low-income residents who participate in the Housing Choice Voucher Program, who live in public housing or who are residents of Lucas County.

The “Home Work” program is a paint training and community enrichment program with the purpose of improving the quality of life in low-income housing communities. This one-week course educates residents on the importance of proper home maintenance and includes paint basics, as well as mold and lead contamination—using HUD Healthy Home guidelines. Participants are trained on preparing surfaces, patching walls, masking, applying paint with brushes and rollers, safety and problem solving while on the job.

“Since news of the first session spread, we have gotten calls from several contractors seeking candidates for job openings,” stated Martice Bishop, Section 3 Compliance Coordinator for LMHA. “To date, three individuals that were unemployed have been interviewed and one has been offered a job.” Fifteen people graduated from session one and 15 are enrolled in session 2. Graduates receive an EPA Lead Safe, Renovation, Repair and Painting certificate from the federal Environmental Protection Agency. 

“The Sherwin-Williams Co. has been great! They are very excited to see the number of individuals that are interested in the program. Initially, we recruited for 20 spots and the waiting list continues to grow,” stated Bishop. Sherwin-Williams is working with graduates for job placement and will continue to support them, after they graduate from the program, by giving them more than $400 worth of painting supplies to jump start their careers.

For more information about the “Home Work” program, contact Martice Bishop at mbishop@lucasmha.org.

Photo Caption: Students from the Sherwin-Williams “Home Work” paint training program working on the Port Lawrence Community Room.
 

 

 
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