Boil Water Advisory for Jackson Has Been Lifted

According to local media sources, the boil water advisory issued by the City of Jackson on Thursday, February 13, 2020, has been lifted and is no longer in effect.  Water samples were taken on yesterday and tests were all clear.

If you need more information on the boil water advisory, Jackson residents may call 601-960-2723 during business hours or 601-960-1778 after 4 p.m. and on weekends.


Join the Global #GivingTuesday Movement on December 3, 2019 Support HCHRA, Help Families in Hinds County

Hinds County Human Resource Agency (HCHRA) is a part of the #GivingTuesday movement, and we ask you to join us in our commitment to helping families, especially during this holiday season.

Occurring on December 3rd this year, GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.).  We have two days for getting deals – Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  On GivingTuesday, we have a day for giving back to a charity or cause in which we believe.  We hope that you will choose HCHRA.

HCHRA’s primary mission has been to empower disadvantaged Hinds County citizens to become self-reliant and realize their full potential.  For each and every family it serves, HCHRA takes a comprehensive approach to identify the causes and effects of poverty in the home.  The agency then works in partnership with the family to develop a plan and identify opportunities to overcome the barriers they face.  “Our mission is to move families from poverty to self-sufficiency,” explains HCHRA President & CEO Kenn Cockrell.  “We do that by providing individuals with opportunities to attain higher education and improve work skills, while helping to stabilize their home environment.  But before we can truly help someone get on the path to success, often times we have to first address their needs for things such as food, warmth and a safe home – things that many of us take for granted,” said Cockrell.  “How can anyone believe that things can get better when they go to work every day, but they aren’t sure they can afford to keep their lights on or provide enough food for their children?  That’s where agencies like HCHRA kick in.  For every dollar we raise, we can secure an additional $2.41 in program funding.  That goes a long way in educating children, caring for seniors and those with disabilities, and providing opportunities for hardworking individuals who are striving to become self-reliant.”

HCHRA offers a range of programs and services year-round to help move families out of poverty to self-sufficiency.  The holiday season, however, always come with an increased demand for housing, food and utility payment assistance.  Participating in GivingTuesday provides HCHRA with a platform to encourage giving, especially at such a critical time.  HCHRA uses the funds it receives from private donors to secure additional funds to support programs such as home-delivered meals, rural transportation, and emergency services..

Please consider giving to HCHRA on today, GivingTuesday.  Your gift will help HCHRA provide families who live in poverty in Hinds County with greater opportunities for a stable home.

About #GivingTuesday
#GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 states and in countries around the world. This year, #GivingTuesday falls on December 3rd. #GivingTuesday harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners
to transform how people think about, talk about, and participate in the giving season. It inspires people to take collective action to improve their communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they believe in, and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday demonstrates how every act of generosity counts, and that they mean even more when we give together.





Martin Head Start Center and The Della J. Caugills Early Head Start Center Are Closed Today – Wednesday, September 25, 2019 – Due to Water Main Break

Martin Head Start Center and The Della J. Caugills Early Head Start Center are experiencing water outages due to a water main break.  The centers will be closed on Wednesday, September 25, 2019.

We will provide updates as they become available from the City of Jackson. If you have questions, please call your center administrator.

HCHRA Unveils Annual Report During National Community Action Month Celebration

In honor of National Community Action Month, Hinds County Human Resource Agency (HCHRA) met with its board of directors and sustaining partners to report on the agency’s achievements this past year.  Observed annually in May, National Community Action Month was created by the Community Action Partnership to call attention to the Community Action programs that help thousands of families achieve self-sufficiency.

During the May 15th dinner meeting, HCHRA leaders showcased their 2018 accomplishments and gave partners a first-hand look at the struggles low-income families face.  HCHRA showed how Community Action Agencies such as theirs empower these families to become self-reliant.  Guests got the first look at the agency’s 2018 annual report, which detailed the outcomes of more than a dozen Community Action programs operated by HCHRA. The report revealed that of the more than 239,000 people residing in Hinds County, approximately 48,378 live in poverty.  Last year, HCHRA provided home energy assistance, nutrition, transportation, education, and employment opportunities to over 14,000 disadvantaged citizens in 4,000 different households to help families and individuals become stable and more self-reliant.

Perhaps the most notable occurrence for HCHRA in 2018 was the overhaul to its customer service model.  Roger Lutrell, vice president for planning and development, explained how the agency merged its social and community service program divisions to create the newly formed Department of Family Opportunities to conduct family assessments in a thorough, more efficient way to promote sustainability and/or self-sufficiency for everyone in the home, not just for the individual who walks through the doors of the agency.

Following Lutrell’s presentation, David Knight, the agency’s executive vice president and chief operations officer, talked about HCHRA’s investments in staff training and development, new technology, and facility maintenance and upgrades to help make sure the agency provided the right opportunities for success to produce even greater outcomes than the year before.  Knight also talked about the cooperative agreements the agency established with 78 different community partners to ensure that HCHRA was able to link customers with any service they may need that is not provided directly by HCHRA.  “While we can’t be all things to all people, as a Community Action Agency, we should be able to refer people to a community partner where they can get help with the services we do not provide,” said Knight. “And that’s what we do, we link people with resources and opportunities.”

Some of HCHRA’s major accomplishments for 2018 include educating 2,247 children through its preschool education program; providing the training and support for 54 classroom staff persons to meet the standards necessary to become certified under the Classroom Assessment Scoring System, which measures the quality of interactions between teachers and students in PK-12 classrooms; improving access to medical and dental care for Head Start children; providing 3,281 families with energy, fuel and utility assistance; delivering 19,285 meals to senior citizens and people with disabilities who are unable to leave home without assistance; serving 6,631 congregate meals to senior citizens to promote health and well-being; and transporting 35,673 individuals to work, school and doctor’s appointments.

“I am very proud of the work we do here at HCHRA and the impact we made in 2018,” said Kenn Cockrell, the president and CEO of HCHRA. In addition to helping families live better lives, we made a $35.7 million economic impact in Hinds County in wages, taxes, job development and contract opportunities.  HCHRA is truly living up to its mantra of helping families, strengthening communities.”

A limited number of copies of the 2018 Annual Report are available at Hinds County Human Resource Agency.  Click here to view the full report.  To request a copy or get more information about the Hinds County Human Resource Agency 2018 Annual Report, call HCHRA’s Planning and Development Department at 601.923.3930.

HCHRA Offers Summer Food Service Program to Make Sure Children Receive Nutritious Meals During the Summer

In an effort to fight child hunger, Hinds County Human Resource Agency (HCHRA) will offer the Summer Food Service Program from June 10 through July 23, 2019, at two locations in the Jackson metro area.

Children 18 years and younger can receive lunch at absolutely no cost.  The meals will be served Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at South Jackson Head Start Center located at 3020 Grey Boulevard, and at Mary C. Jones Head Start Center located at 2050 Martin Luther King Jr. Dive.

“During the summer, families typically have to buy more food, and that’s an increased expense that many families simply cannot afford,” said Kenn Cockrell, HCHRA president and CEO.  “By offering the Summer Food Service Program, we hope that we can relieve some of the financial strain and ensure that children receive nutritious meals across the summer.”

Both of the food service sites are open to the public.  Children are not required to show proof of age, income or residency.  For more information about the program, parents can call (601) 923-1780.





HCHRA Receives Donation to Help Promote Literacy

Hinds County Human Resource Agency’s (HCHRA) Early Head Start program received a cash donation and a collection of children’s books from Ms. Mary S. Jones to help promote early childhood literacy.

Jones, standing on the left, is photographed presenting a $200 donation to Dr. LaTessa Long, HCHRA’s director of Children’s Services, in support of the agency’s Early Head Start literacy program.  Jones said she wanted to make the donation because she enjoys helping children.  She specifically requested that the books be donated to The Della J. Caugills Early Head Start, which was named in honor of her sister, Mrs. Della J. Caugills, who worked at HCHRA for more than 41 years and served as education director for the agency’s Head Start programs.

HCHRA is a public nonprofit Community Action Agency dedicated to helping families and strengthening communities.  For more than 41 years, HCHRA has built its solid reputation in eradicating poverty by empowering disadvantaged Hinds County citizens to become self-reliant and realize their full potential.  For more information on the agency’s Head Start and Early Head Start programs, click here.  To learn how you can support program development and provide additional opportunities for disadvantaged citizens, call (601) 923-3930 and ask for Planning and Development.