Youth & Family (ROSS)

(Ross) Resident Opportunity Self-Sufficiency Program 

Youth and Family Services (YFS) is part of the ROSS Service Program created for Public Housing Residents.  The goal of this program is to assist residents in becoming self-sufficient. The ROSS Youth and Family Services Program was created to help families (1) identify issues or problems hindering their progress; (2) understand why it is important to explore other options and pathways to success; (3) embrace the best strategy or plan to achieve their individual and family goals; and (4) finally, applying the motivation and “how-to-do-it” in their daily schedule to achieve self-sufficiency one family at a time.

The YFS Program covers these seven (7) core areas:

  • Needs Assessment
  • Action Plan
  • Goal Setting
  • Education
  • Budgeting
  • Life Skills
  • Job Training

If you are interested in being a part of the YFS Program, complete the attached form and return to your Property Manager or Resident Service Staff.  Enrollment is voluntary, and admission is based on your desire for self-improvement, and the availability of slots in your area.

PDF Download – ROSS Youth and Family Services Referral Form

HHA Youth Council (HHAYC)

The purpose of the HHAYC is to provide a platform where young people in and around public housing can voice their opinions. The goals of the HHAYC:

Provide information on summer employment, internships, training opportunities

Provide information on scholarship opportunities, establish community service projects

Promote programs that will provide improved character, educational, recreational, community engagement and social service opportunities

HHAYC meets monthly at the Oscar Mason Community Center


Other Services Offered

  • Midnight Basketball League
  • Scholarships
  • Young Adult Men’s Program
  • Emergency Assistance Referrals
  • Mentoring/ Tutoring Opportunities
  • SERC Basketball Challenge

To find out more about these programs, contact Frederick Whitlow II, Youth and Family Services Coordinator, at (256)532-5685 or (256)690-7340.

Our Youth Partners include:

The Youth Services Council of Madison County

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of North Alabama


The Boys & Girls Clubs of North Alabama


The Boy Scouts of North Alabama

The Girl Scouts of North Alabama


The Huntsville/Madison County Public Library ,Community – Oscar Mason Library


Opportunity and Generosity through Music Education (COG-ME)

United Way’s The Fun-Learning Moments Programs (K-5 yrs.)