All posts by Marilyn Appleby

Freedom from Smoking Class

St. Mary’s Health Care Systems and the American Lung Association are sponsoring a Freedom from Smoking Class for Athens Housing residents.  The class will be held on Tuesdays, March 5, 12, 19, and 26, and Thursday March, 28 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Denney Tower, 250 W. Dougherty St.  There is no charge for the class for AHA residents.  The class is led by an ex-smoker who is a Registered Respiratory Therapist and an ALA- certified instructor.  To sign up, call 706-425-5365. 

As AHA residents know, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development now requires that all public housing properties are smoke free.  The AHA implemented this policy in July 2018.  Because it is difficult to stop a long-term habitat, the AHA partnered with St. Mary’s Healthcare to assist residents become smoke free. 

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Equal Housing Opportunity LogoThe federal Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing because of race, color, national origin, religion, familial status, gender, and disability. The Fair Housing Act ensures that all persons receive equal housing opportunity. For more information about the Fair Housing Act and your rights, go to www.hud.gov/offices/fheo.

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Special Board of Commissioners Meeting

Monday, February 18, 2019, 12:15pm  –  AHA Special Board Meeting/Executive Session and AHR Special Board Meeting/Executive Session RE: Consideration of a Real Estate Issue in accordance with O.C.G.A. § 50-14-3(b)(1)(B-E).

The meeting will be held in the Board Room of the AHA Central Office located at 300 S. Rocksprings Street, Athens, GA.         

      

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January Board of Commissioners Meeting

The Athens Housing Authority Board of Commissioners will hold the regular board meeting on Thurs., Jan. 31, 2019, at 4:30 p.m.  Immediately following the regular meeting, affiliated organization Athens Housing Redevelopment, Inc. will convene.

Meetings are held at the Athens Housing Authority office located at 300 Rocksprings St., Athens GA.

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Holiday Closures

The Athens Housing Authority will be closed on December 24 and December 25, 2018  for the Christmas holiday and re-open on December 26, 2018 at 8 a.m.  In addition, the AHA will  be closed on December 31, 2018 and January 1, 2019 for the New Year’s holiday and re-open at 8 a.m. on January 2, 2018.

On-call maintenance services will be available for emergencies only.  Residents should call 706-425-5353 for emergency service.

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Board of Commissioners Planning Retreat

The Athens Housing Authority Board of Commissioners will hold a planning retreat beginning at approximately 6:00 p.m. on Thurs, Dec. 6, 2018, through approximately 1 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 8, 2018. The retreat will be held at the Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort located at 4021 Lakeview Dr., Stone Mountain, GA. This retreat is being held for the purpose of planning only. Neither official actions nor resolutions will be considered during this meeting.

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Athens Wellbeing Project Survey

 

 

Athens Wellbeing Project volunteers and staff will visit Athens Housing Authority neighborhoods through January in an effort to reach as many residents to complete a community survey.  The Athens Wellbeing Project is a collaboration of the Athens Clarke County Unified Government, ACC Police Department, Clarke County School District, Athens Area Foundation, United Way of NEGA, Piedmont Athens Regional, St. Mary’s Healthcare, Athens Housing Authority, and the University of Georgia.

Survey questions are to help guide decisions about the improved delivery of services for the community.  The first phase of the survey was conducted in the fall of 2016.  From that first survey, programs have already been developed.  For instance, many individuals and families experienced areas of food insecurity.  These are areas of the community in which families lack access to food stores as they live a distance from full-service grocery stores.  The Athens Land Trust and St. Mary’s Healthcare created the Mobile Food Pantry as a way to bring fresh foods to neighborhoods and provide recipes, food tastings and nutrition facts.  Medical residents from St. Mary’s discuss healthcare issues during these meetings.  Other survey questions helped guide CCSD with developing programs for parents and youth on success in school.  In addition, Envision Athens is also reviewing data in order to develop community priorities.

The first survey and the newest one will assist in defining community needs in the areas of health, housing, education, community safety and civic vitality.  The survey will take approximately 30 minutes to complete and is very important in order for citizens to provide feedback about important community issues.    We encourage AHA families to access the survey by going to www.athenswelbeingproject.org  and taking the survey online or by answering a knock at your door and taking the time to answer the surveyor’s questions.  This is a great opportunity for AHA residents to be heard and to help develop ideas about the future of the Athens Community.

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