TO: Members of the Georgia Association of Housing and Redevelopment Authorities
RE: 2019 Scholarship Program
DATE: January 13, 2020

The GAHRA Scholarship Committee is privileged to announce that this year GAHRA will be awarding up to $37,500 in scholarship funds to graduating high school seniors and adult students of GAHRA member agencies.

For high school students, GAHRA will fund academic scholarships for programs leading to an undergraduate degree as well as vocational/technical scholarships. In addition, SERC/NAHRO will fund two academic scholarships. For adult students, GAHRA will fund academic scholarships and vocational/technical scholarships.

Please identify your prospective candidates and inform them of this opportunity immediately. The enclosed eligibility and application materials are separated into two packets – one for high school students and one for adult students. Please copy and distribute to your candidates as needed. Your authority should solicit as many students as possible to determine your authority’s applicants. Only one academic and one vocational/technical application per authority may be submitted to the Scholarship Committee for the High School Student Scholarships. Similarly, only one academic and one vocational/technical application per authority may be submitted to the Scholarship Committee for the Adult Student Scholarships. Therefore, the maximum number of total submissions for any authority/agency would be four, one only in each of the four categories.

Completed high school and adult student applications should be received at your authority in time for you to screen and rank them before submitting your top candidates to GAHRA for consideration. As a GAHRA member, you may set your own deadline for the applications to be returned to you.  However, your authority’s nomination(s) must then be submitted to the appropriate GAHRA Scholarship Committee no later than March 20, 2020

High School Student Applications

Completed High School Student applications should be submitted to Danita Wiggins, Albany Housing Authority, P.O. Box 485, Albany, GA 31702.  A hard copy AND an electronic copy of the application is required.  Electronic copies should be submitted to:

Adult Student Applications
Completed Adult Student applications should be submitted to Brenda Smith, Dublin Housing Authority, 500 W. Mary Street, Dublin, GA 31021.  A hard copy AND an electronic copy of the application is required.  Electronic copies should be submitted to:

All applicants and sponsoring housing authorities will be notified of selection or non-selection for a personal interview around mid-April. Scholarship awards will be announced on May 18, 2020, following interviews with the finalists at the GAHRA Spring Conference to be held in Jekyll Island, Georgia.

Authorities submitting applications to GAHRA are requested to publicize their winner(s) in the local media. They are also encouraged to seek local scholarships both to supplement this program and to highlight education as a means of success for our residents.

Thank you for participating in the 2020 Scholarship Program!

Danita Wiggins, Chair                                             Brenda Smith, Vice Chair
Scholarship Committee                                          Scholarship Committee


The Housing Authority of the City of McDonough is seeking a Full-Time Maintenance Technician. The MHA is a small housing authority with a total of 118 low-income public housing units on three sites.

This type of work involves the performance of diversified duties in connection with repairs to and maintenance of buildings and grounds requiring many skills such as carpentry for woodwork repairs, plumbing repairs, electrical and painting work. The qualified individual is expected to have general knowledge of and manual skills in repairing such items as plumbing, heating valves and pipes, electrical switches, water heaters, stoves, refrigerators, windows, doors, mechanical equipment and carrying out a full set of maintenance duties. The Maintenance Laborer may be required to work under inclement and undesirable conditions. The qualified individual will sometimes work independently and other times he/she will work closely with supervision. Work is often reviewed while in progress and upon completion for quality and timeless of performance.

Candidate must have a valid Georgia driver’s license, High School Diploma or GED equivalent. Must be able to pass a pre-employment drug test and background check. Five (5) years of experience in building maintenance, plumbing, painting, cleaning and/or an equivalent combination of technical training and experience to meet the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Must have a valid State of Georgia vehicle driver’s license. Must be bondable. HVAC certification or ability to obtain EPA certification for the proper handling of Freon and other refrigerants within twelve (12) months. Must be able to lift large items, climb, stoop, stand for long periods, carry, load and unload, move large items and other related physical activities common to maintenance work.

Resumes and employment applications will be accepted through December 19, 2019 at 12pm at the information listed below. You can come by our office for an employment application. Candidates are encouraged to review the qualification requirements and submit specific evidence of experience in the above areas. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. Resumes should be submitted to:

Khristian Ralls, Office Administrator McDonough Housing Authority P.O. Box 23 345 Simpson Street McDonough, GA 30253 Fax: 770-957-1593 Email: