The Officers of the Georgia Association of Housing and Redevelopment Authorities (GAHRA) have deemed that the risk of our meetings for 2020 would far outweigh the benefits at this time.

Please, be advised that the GAHRA events listed below have been canceled because of the COVID -19 pandemic.

  • Youth Leadership – July 10-12 – St. Simon
  • Maintenance Workshop – July 13-15 – Macon
  • Commissioners Retreat – July 20-22 – Jekyll Island
  • Executive Committee Meeting – July 23-24 – Athens
  • Annual Conference – September 20-23 – Savannah
  • Resident Leadership – October 23-25 – Athens

We acknowledge and appreciate the time and efforts of all who contributed in the pre-planning of these activities. Your patience and understanding as we move forward is greatly appreciated.   

Thank you, again, for your continued support during this “pandemic pause’, knowing that as the phoenix rises from the ashes, we too shall rise and soar in the days ahead.  Stay well and stay connected as we are stronger together.  #GAHRASTRONG

L. Reta Thomas,
2020 GAHRA President

The Housing Authority of the City of Ocilla, Georgia is seeking an individual to serve as its Executive Director.  The Housing Authority consists of 165 public housing units and the director supervises 7 individuals. The salary is negotiable and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience of the successful applicant.  The successful applicant should possess a wide range of skills including experience and knowledge in:  public housing operations; office management; accounting; customer service; computer proficiency; and the ability to function courteously with residents and employees.  The successful applicant must demonstrate a thorough knowledge of HUD programs, policies, and procedures and be PHA certified or certifiable within one year of employment.  The Housing Authority offers an excellent employee benefit package and is an equal opportunity employer.  Resumes and references should be mailed to the following address:

Ocilla Housing Authority
P. O. Box 147
Ocilla, GA  31774

Email address:  paulapt@windstream.net

Resumes should be received by Ocilla Housing Authority no later than June 20, 2020, in order to receive appropriate consideration.

The Housing Authority of Fulton County, Georgia (HAFC) is seeking an experienced Finance Director.  As of September 2018, the HAFC currently owns and/or manages Housing Choice Vouchers (847); Ports administered by HAFC (1313);   Mixed-Finance ACC Units (132); RAD/Project-Based Vouchers (100); Project-Based Vouchers (90); and Bond-Financed Properties (6).

The Finance Director is responsible to administrate and lead the financial functions of the HAFC which requires the individual to direct, monitor and implement the financial activities of the agency and its affiliated nonprofit and not-for-profit affiliates. The work involves ensuring maximum utilization of a variety of administrative and supervisory skills including maintaining financial records and preparing reports; reviewing and approving general ledger entries; and, preparing, monitoring bond compliance and collections, preparing the operating budget with the Executive Direct the analyzing the agency’s operating budgets.  Reports to the Executive Director and assists on all strategic and tactical matters as they relate to budget management, cost benefit analysis, forecasting needs and the securing of new funding. Maintains expert knowledge of Conventional Public Housing, Housing Choice Voucher Program to include Project-Based Vouchers, Tax Credits, Bond Financing, Capital Fund and Mixed-Finance Development.

The position requires a minimum of Bachelor’s degree with major study in accounting, finance, business administration or a related field from an accredited college or university and five (5) years’ progressive experience in related field to include,  supervision at a department level position preferably in a housing type organization employing computerized data base systems. Strong finance/accounting, analytical, organizational, management, and communications skills, and prior experience in interpreting governmental regulations and regulatory enforcement or compliance, required. Knowledge of the general operation and procedures of a Public Housing Agency.

A combination of education and appropriate experience will be given consideration with preference to applicants holding CPA or MBA status. Salary to be determined accordingly.  A full position description is available on the Agency website www.hafc.org

Interested applicants must submit a cover letter of interest and resume jobs01@hafc.org.       Position is open until filled. No faxes, please. EOE.

Northwest Georgia Housing Authority, a leader in quality housing, is currently accepting applications for the following position:

CHOICE NEIGHBORHOOD PLANNING MANAGER

This is a full-time position. The Choice Neighborhood Planning Manager, under the supervision of the Executive Director is responsible for providing communities with small grants to strengthen the community, build partnerships, secure resources, and create a shared vision for neighborhood revitalization. The Choice Neighborhood Planning Manager is responsible in coordinating the planning of NWGHA and the City of Rome’s HUD Choice Neighborhood Planning Grant, working with the Planning Coordinator, to develop the Transformation Plan for the John Graham Homes Community and the surrounding neighborhood to achieve the goals of the HUD Choice Neighborhood Planning Grant.

The successful candidate must have bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Urban Affairs, Urban Planning, Real Estate Development, Public Policy, Social Sciences, or related area of study with a minimum of five (5) years of related work experience. Salary commensurate with experience.

Resumes may be faxed to 706-378-7929, by email tmurfree@nwgha.com, or qualified applicants may apply in person at 326 West 9th Street, Rome, Georgia, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. EOE



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:  dwiggins@albanyha.com

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: dhousing@bellsouth.net

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

FULL-TIME MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN

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: sburton@mcdonoughha.org

Cordele Housing Authority is seeking a full time Maintenance Technician. Under the direction of the Facilities Management Director, performs a variety of skilled trade and labor activities. This position is responsible for completing physical work tasks related to the maintenance, improvement, and safety of assigned Public Housing properties managed by the Authority.  The successful candidate must have experience in routine electrical, plumbing, HVAC, carpentry, painting, general repair, appliance repair, vacancy preparation, preventive maintenance and related disciplines. Trade licenses/certifications are highly desirable.

The individual must be able to complete assigned work orders efficiently. Maintains open communication with management, consistently maintains a professional, courteous attitude with residents, co-workers and the general public; attends and participates in training seminars as requested and performs on-call emergency service as required.

The ideal candidate possess a high school diploma  and has a minimum of four years’ experience performing general maintenance duties at a multifamily rental property; or any equivalent combination of education, training, trade licenses/certifications and experience that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Salary is commensurate with education, trade licenses/certifications and experience. CHA provides a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical insurance, life insurance, retirement benefits, paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation days.

Applicant must successfully complete a drug screen, have a clean driving record with the Department of Motor Vehicles, and pass a criminal history/law enforcement background check.

Position is open until filled. For more information or to apply, qualified applicants may email resume and cover letter to beth@cordelehousing.com  No phone calls please.

Cordele Housing Authority is an equal opportunity employer.

Under the supervision of the Finance Director, this employee is responsible for performing a variety of tasks as they relate to Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability activity including all required forms, receipts and deposits, collections, records maintenance and other related financial tasks as required.

Associate Degree in Business Administration, Accounting or closely related field; considerable work experience in the preparation and maintenance of financial records; or some equivalent combination of education and experience.

A combination of education and appropriate experience will be given consideration. Salary to be determined accordingly.  A full position description is available on the agency’s website www.hafc.org.

Interested applicants must submit a cover letter of interest and resume to jobs07@hafc.org

Position is open until filled. No faxes, please. EOE.

The Housing Authority of Fulton County, Georgia (HAFC) is seeking an experienced Finance Director. As of September 2018, the HAFC currently owns and/or manages Housing Choice Vouchers (847); Ports administered by HAFC (1313); Mixed-Finance ACC Units (132); RAD/Project-Based Vouchers (100); Project-Based Vouchers (90); and Bond-Financed Properties (6).

The Finance Director is responsible to administrate and lead the financial functions of the HAFC which requires the individual to direct, monitor and implement the financial activities of the agency and its affiliated nonprofit and not-for-profit affiliates. The work involves ensuring maximum utilization of a variety of administrative and supervisory skills including maintaining financial records and preparing reports; reviewing and approving general ledger entries; and, preparing, monitoring bond compliance and collections, preparing the operating budget with the Executive Direct the analyzing the agency’s operating budgets. Reports to the Executive Director and assists on all strategic and tactical matters as they relate to budget management, cost benefit analysis, forecasting needs and the securing of new funding. Maintains expert knowledge of Conventional Public Housing, Housing Choice Voucher Program to include Project-Based Vouchers, Tax Credits, Bond Financing, Capital Fund and Mixed-Finance Development.

The position requires a minimum of Bachelor’s degree with major study in accounting, finance, business administration or a related field from an accredited college or university and five (5) years’ progressive experience in related field to include, supervision at a department level position preferably in a housing type organization employing computerized data base systems. Strong finance/accounting, analytical, organizational, management, and communications skills, and prior experience in interpreting governmental regulations and regulatory enforcement or compliance, required. Knowledge of the general operation and procedures of a Public Housing Agency.

A combination of education and appropriate experience will be given consideration with preference to applicants holding CPA or MBA status. Salary to be determined accordingly. A full position description is available on the Agency website www.hafc.org.

Interested applicants must submit a cover letter of interest and resume jobs01@hafc.org. Position is open until filled. No faxes, please. EOE.