Georgia’s Department of Community Affairs has launched a Public Housing Authority survey to identify affordable housing needs across the state. GAHRA is partnering with DCA and Georgia Housing and Finance Authority to conduct a statewide inventory of all public housing authorities. DCA and HFA are preparing a Housing Needs Assessment and have expressed their interest in learning about the affordable housing needs for PHAs across the state. Based on the survey responses, DCA and HFA will evaluate their current policies, programs and funding resources to determine how they might better assist PHAs in preserving and developing affordable housing for many of Georgia’s lowest income residents. Click here to access the survey: Safe & Affordable Housing | Georgia Department of Community Affairs (ga.gov)

GAHRA will host DCA at its December 16th meeting where a second presentation on how to complete the Excel-based survey will be made. If you have an opportunity to start completing the survey before then and find you have questions, plan to join us for that meeting. DCA’s consultants can answer all your questions and help you on your way to completing the survey. GAHRA has also posted a recording of its November 18th meeting that includes a walk-through of the survey. You may find viewing that recording helpful before and while you’re completing the survey. For those who participated in that meeting, one new feature was added. After selecting the name of your PHA, you are asked to indicate the county in which you are located. (And the few glitches have been corrected!)

GAHRA’s goal is to achieve a 100% response rate to ensure that DCA has a complete profile of all Georgia’s PHAs and a clear understanding of our funding needs to best serve our lowest income residents.

If you need assistance, you can email Christopher Dunne at christopher@highland-planning.com, one of the consultants working with DCA.

GAHRA is partnering with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and Georgia Housing and Finance Authority to conduct a statewide inventory of all public housing authorities. DCA and HFA are conducting a Housing Needs Assessment and have expressed their interest in learning about the affordable housing needs for PHAs across the state. Based on the survey responses, DCA and HFA will evaluate their current policies, programs and funding resources to determine how they might better assist PHAs in preserving and developing affordable housing for many of Georgia’s lowest income households.

The survey will be distributed to all GAHRA membership on or about December 1, 2021. Last week, GAHRA hosted DCA to present a draft of the survey at its weekly meeting forum. Access to the recorded session will be provided in the near future.

A second presentation will be made at GAHRA’s meeting on December 2 from 11 am to 12 pm. Plan to join us so you can see a sample of the survey with DCA’s consultants explaining how to complete it and answer your questions. A third presentation will also be available on December 16 from 11 am to 12 pm.

GAHRA will distribute the survey to its full membership on or about December 1 when it becomes available.  

Request for Qualifications

For Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Consulting Services

For

The City of LaGrange Housing Authority

The City of LaGrange Housing Authority is seeking proposals from consultants to provide services to assist in the conversion of affordable housing through the RAD program.  To obtain a copy of the proposal documents, please visit our website at www.phalagrange.net

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Members of the Georgia Association of Housing and Redevelopment Authorities
2021 Scholarship Program
January 5, 2021

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 19, 2021.

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 16,2021 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 2021 Scholarship Program!

Danita Wiggins, Chair
Scholarship Committee

Brenda Smith, Vice Chair
Scholarship Committee