March Board of Commissioners Meeting

The regular meeting of the Athens Housing Authority Board of Commissioners will be held on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.  Immediately following, affiliated organizations Athens Housing Redevelopment, Inc., Vanguard Housing Solutions, Inc., and Athens Housing Ventures Fund, Inc. will meet.

All meetings will be held in the board room of the AHA office located at 300 S. Rocksprings St., Athens GA.

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Changes in Summer Food Service Program

Beginning this summer, the Clarke County School District (CCSD) will run a summer lunch program for the community.  The decision was made after the Athens Housing Authority announced that, after 28 years of administering the Summer Food Service Program, it would no longer manage the program.  Late last year, the AHA Board of Commissioners and staff decided not to renew the program with Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. 

A number of reasons led to the decision to not renew the program.  The Summer Food Service Program took an enormous amount of staff time to administer.  Planning and training began in January in order to run the program from the end of May until the middle of July.  Though the AHA was reimbursed for many program costs, every year, the costs that the AHA took responsibility for continued to grow.   

During the past few years, the AHA tried to work with others to transition to a different local program with a mission more closely related to food insecurity.  However, most organizations were unable to take on the complicated program. 

“Over time, the AHA diverted many resources to the administering of the Summer Food Service Program,” said Geraldine Clarke, Director of Resident Support.  “However, the attention to this one effort made it difficult to initiate other programs that could also benefit our families.”

CCSD, of course, runs breakfast and lunch programs during the school year to benefit all students.  In addition, the district’s food service staff always prepared the lunches for the Summer Food Service Program in one cafeteria each year.  In the past few years, CCSD also has served lunches at school sites that were not served by the Summer Food Service Program. 

“I’m very confident in the new role the CCSD food service program staff will have in making certain that youth will have access to nutritious food during the summer months,” said Dr. Clarke.  They have always been an important partner with the Summer Food Service Program and will continue to work for families in Athens in their expanded role.”

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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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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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