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
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
“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
information about the “Home Work” program, contact Martice
from the Sherwin-Williams “Home Work” paint training program
working on the Port Lawrence Community Room.