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

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

The Georgia Association of Housing and Redevelopment Authorities (GAHRA) was recently pleased to present $ 36,250.00 in scholarships to residents of public and assisted housing in the State of Georgia.  The awards were made at the Scholarship Awards Luncheon at GAHRA’s Spring Conference held at Jekyll Island, Georgia on May 20, 2019. 

Awards were presented in Academic and Vocational categories to both Adult and High School Scholarship Winners.  Six applications were submitted for the Adult Scholarships. The winners will be pursuing careers in Pharmacy, Health Care, Cosmetology, Legal Services and Education. 

Thirteen applications were received for the High School awards.  All of the candidates exhibited tremendous qualities including outstanding grade point averages, various extra-curricular activities, and many worked after-school jobs but still maintained their excellent academic standing. 

Both Adult and High School applicants, residing in GAHRA properties or receiving assistance from a GAHRA member agency, were eligible to apply for scholarship funding.  The scholarship funds awarded each winner will be forwarded, for their benefit, to their chosen academic institution.

The GAHRA Scholarship Committee is Chaired by Harden A. Oldfield from Augusta and the Vice Chair is Danita Wiggins from Albany.  Members include:  John Marria from Cairo, Bruce Herring from Elberton, Angela Strickland from Brunswick, Kevin Price from Wrightsville, Ella Murphy from Marietta, Ann Dobson from Jasper, Vickie Paris from Dallas, Joe Thomas from Camilla and Charles Alexander from Columbus.

Assisting with the presentation of the Awards were current GAHRA President, Michael Boatwright from Moultrie and Current NAHRO Senior Vice President Sunny Shaw from Pocatello, Idaho.

Adult Scholarship Winners
Vocational/Technical
Alisha Parker, McDonough                            $ 2,000
ZyDaja Beckum, Dallas                                 $ 2,500
Academic
Crystal Leary, Warner Robins                        $ 1,000
Anna Jackson, Northwest Georgia                 $ 1,500
Latasha Harmon, Marietta                             $ 2,000
Jessica Ushry, Dekalb                                     $ 2,500

High School Scholarship Winners
William Redding, Cordele                              $ 5,000
Mario Bembry, Decatur                                  $ 4,000 continuing, paid $1,000 per year
Dionte Doreus, Dallas                                     $ 4,000 continuing, paid $1,000 per year
Rylee Sharpton, Tallapoosa                           $ 2,500
Mackenzie Powell, Moultrie                          $ 2,500
Shunterria Nelson, Northwest Georgia         $ 1,500
Keimondre Dixon, Jesup                                 $ 1,000
Ayana Williams, Conyers                                $ 750
Lirric Fenderson, Reidsville                            $ 750
Alexis Jones, Albany                                       $ 750
Savannah Polley, Gainesville                          $ 750
Zahara-London smith, Atlanta                       $ 750

GAHRA YOUTH LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

July 12-14, 2019

Epworth By The Sea
100 Arthur J. Moore Dr.
ST. Simons Island, GA 30602

Conference Registration Enclosed
Deadline: June 19, 2019

The purpose of this conference is to provide opportunities to enhance leadership skills and personal development of public housing youth as they strive to become successful citizens.

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 22, 2019

High School Student Applications

Completed High School Student applications should be submitted to Harden Oldfield, Augusta Housing Authority, 1435 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30901.  A hard copy AND an electronic copy of the application is required.  Electronic copies should be submitted to:  boldfield@augustapha.org

Adult Student Applications

Completed Adult Student applications should be submitted to Danita Wiggins, Albany Housing Authority, P. O. 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

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 20, 2019, 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 2019 Scholarship Program!

Harden A. Oldfield, Chair
Danita Wiggins, Vice Chair
Scholarship Committee

The 2018 Maintenance Workshop registration is now available online. The workshop will be held July 17-19 at the Macon Marriott City Center in Macon, GA.

Click here to view and download the registration materials.