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One Voice Housing Authority of the City of Austin P.O. Box 6159 Austin, TX 78762-6159 www.hacanet.org

Our Mission The Housing Authority of the City of Austin is a public agency whose business is to:  Ensure that safe, quality affordable housing opportunities exist for families of low income,  Break the poverty cycle by serving as a catalyst for our residents to become economically self-sufficient,  Create meaningful partnerships to maximize available community resources for our residents,  Efficiently and effectively meet federal, state and local mandates The Housing Authority of the City of Austin will pursue entrepreneurial opportunities to address emerging trends and respond to the challenges of the future.

Important Phone Numbers HACA Administration 24 Hour Resident Hotline Maintenance Work Orders Section 8 Fire/Police Non-Emergency Police Poison Center

477-4488 495-1897 477-8518 477-1314 911 311 800-764-7661

One Voice Newsletter Published by the Housing Authority of the City of Austin Judy Paciocco, Sr. Director of Operations Comments, articles and photographs are welcomed for the One Voice newsletter. E-mail submissions to Monique Hennington. moniqueh@hacanet.org Or by mail to:

HACA, Attn: Media Relations P.O. Box 6159 Austin, TX 78762 All submissions must have a name and phone number to be considered. Due to space limitations, the editor reserves the right to reject or edit copy as necessary. Taxpayer dollars were not used for the production of this publication.


ONE VOICE Creating and sustaining healthy communities that promote individual responsibility, economic growth, human dignity and hope for the future.

April 2011 Housing Authority Board of Commissioners

Housing Authority Staff: Who We Are and the Community We Serve A Commitment to Giving and Caring

Henry Flores Chairman Carl S. Richie, Jr. Vice Chair Dr. Tyra Duncan-Hall Second Vice Chair Charles Bailey Board Member Thelma Pannell Board Member

Housing Authority Directors James L. Hargrove President and CEO Thomas Cherian Vice President and CFO Lisa Garcia Vice President of Assisted Housing Sylvia Blanco Vice President of Housing & Community Development-District I Veronica W. Macon Vice President of Housing & Community Development-District II Ron Kowal Vice President of Housing Development/ Asset Management Michael Cummings Vice President of Southwest Housing Compliance Corporation

Volume 21 ▪ Number 4

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he Housing Authority staff members show their commitment to giving and caring through many volunteer activities and donation opportunities sponsored by the agency’s Employee Recognition Committee (ERC). These events boost employee morale and contribute to the Austin community.

Through “HACA Builds HOPE,” the staff volunteers to construct homes with the Habitat for Humanity organization. An average of twelve staff members volunteer their time on Saturdays throughout the year to spend a day building hope for families. The ERC organizes a team to run or walk in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. For the third year in a row, the HACA team has been one of the top

100 fund-raising teams, accumulating over $5,000 in donations. The ERC partners with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. Employees donate gifts for children of all ages to be distributed to families at Christmas. The Entertainment Drive for the Troops treats those individuals serving this country overseas with entertaining items and familiar food from back home. HACA employees donate magazines, DVD’s, toiletries, and dry goods to military troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. Twice a year, the ERC hosts a Blood Drive. Having the blood drive on-site makes donating blood convenient for the employees. During the holiday season,

Free Classes for Financial Fitness Employees stand in front of Habitat for Humanity volunteer opportunity.

Naomi Hernandez and other staff members donate to Toys for Tots.

many people are less fortunate and are not able to purchase food for a family meal. The ERC sponsors a Food Drive which allows the employees to donate dry food and goods to the Capital Area Food Bank.

Annual Giving Back Activities: • • •

Blood Drive Habitat for Humanity Care Packages for Troops

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Inside this Issue

Toys for Tots Food Drive Race for the Cure

The April Board of Commissioner’s Meeting will be held at the Park at Summers Grove Apartments, 2900 Century Park Blvd, Austin, TX 78727 on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 12:00 pm.

Become your own Boss!

Caritas of Austin April Life Skills Classes


Financial Fitness Greater Austin 2011 Your Fast Track To Financial Fitness! *FREE classes for residents* “How Your Credit History Will Affect Your Future” Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 Time: 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Where: HACA Central (1124 S IH 35, 78704)

High School: Grades 6th- 8th:

1st Place - $4,500 1st Place - $1,500

“Credit Restoration How – To” Date: Thursday, April 28, 2011 Time: 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Where: Park at Summers Grove (2900 Century Park Blvd, 78727)

Winners and their parents also receive a free financial consultation with the prize money being deposited in an appropriate savings product in the students’ name.

To register, please contact Suzanne Schwertner at 512/477-4488 ext. 2118 by Friday, April 22nd.

Financial Fitness Greater Austin (FFGA) “$mart Kid” Essay Contest, administered by Junior Achievement (JA) and presented by Capital One Bank.

For more information, please visit www.FinancialFitnessAustin.org. The deadline for essay submission is April 11, 2011.

Caritas of Austin

ECONOMIC GROWT

Upcoming Life Skills Classes Caritas of Austin offers two free class series open to all HACA Public Housing Residents. All classes are offered in English and Spanish. Public Housing residents that complete either series will receive a free $50 gift card!

Bouldin Oaks - April 2011

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2nd Place - $3,000 2nd Place - $500

Personal Finances / Finanzas personales

Apr 11th, 10am

Abr 25, 10am

Savings / Ahorros

Apr 12th, 10am

Abr 26, 10am

Avoiding Scams / Estafas

Apr 13th, 10am

Abr 27, 10am

Energy Conservation / Ahorro de Energia

Apr 5th, 12pm

Abr 13, 12pm

Smart Shopping / Comprador Astuto

Apr 14th, 10am

Abr 28, 10am

Take Charge / Toma el Control

Apr 4th, 10am

Abr 18, 10am

Self Esteem / Autoestima

Apr 5th, 10am

Abr 19, 10am

Goal Setting / Establecer metas

Apr 6th, 10am

Abr 20, 10am

Time Management / Manejo del Tiempo

Apr 7th, 10am

Abr 21, 10am

Find a Job / Encuentra un trabajo

Apr 12th, 12pm

Abr 26, 12pm

Do you have the next grea wanted to be your own bo cutting hair, or baby sittin the next level?

Starting in April, the Economic Growth B offering Boot Camps at HACA public hous are an introductory course to help indivi business is right for them. The Boot Cam participate in EGBI. EGBI offers an uniqu services, and learning opportunities that w Voice.

All EGBI Boot Camps are three hours long prize drawing at each class. The schedule f Date 4/21/11 4/25/11 6/16/11 6/16/11 8/22/11 8/24/11 10/11/11 10/14/11

One Voice April 2011 www.hacanet.org

Location Booker T. Washingto Thurmond Heights Santa Rita Courts Bouldin Oaks Rosewood/Salina Georgian Manor Chalmers Courts Meadowbrook


April is National Fair Housing Month

2011 Scholarships Available to HACA Residents Visit http://www.hacanet.org/services/ scholarships.php for more information and instructions on how to apply! Remaining 2011 Scholarship with approximate deadline: HAIG Scholarship

TH BUSINESS INCUBATOR

at business idea? Have you always oss? Have you been doing odd jobs, g for income and want to take it to

Business Incubator (EGBI) will be sing communities! The Boot Camps iduals decide if running their own mps will also serve as a doorway to ue combination of business classes, were highlighted in the March One

g, and there will be snacks and a door for 2011 is:

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de i w y t Ci y r o s i v Ad es t o N Board

HACA is strongly committed to ensuring all families are afforded an equal opportunity to access affordable housing and housing assistance. The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of dwellings, and in other housing-related transactions, based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or familial status.

Time 1:00p-4:00p 1:00p-4:00p 6:00p-9:00p 2:00p-5:00p 1:00p-4:00p 6:00p-9:00p 1:00p-4:00p 9:00a-12:00p

April 21

The next meeting is April 12, 2011 at 10:00 am

Last month’s CWAB meeting was held March 8, 2011 at the Central Office. North Loop resident, Bessie Hawkins, recited a poem from the North Loop Black History Program. Rachel Allemand, from Any Baby Can, announced the series of classes at various HACA properties. Angela Castilleja, HACA’s Resident Wellness Manager, discussed the upcoming Mayfest being held on Friday, May 13, 2011. new! you must sign the list for transportation at your management office by 5:00 p.m. on the friday before the citywide advisory board meeting.

Have you heard of HACA’s Fresh Start Program? Here’s how it works...

► You must declare all money that friends and family give you for items such as phone bills, furniture, and gas as part of your annual income. ► You must perform a total of 8 hours of community service every month unless you are working or going to school full time. ► Being enrolled in the Resident Opportunities for Self Sufficiency (ROSS) or Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) program does not exempt you from the community service requirement.

Following these guidelines will prevent certain evictions. HACA’s ROSS Specialists are hosting monthly meetings to help public housing residents ensure that they know how to remain in good standing with their lease by claiming all income and fulfilling the community service requirement. All residents are invited to attend the meetings and find out more about their lease requirements, how rent is calculated, and how the ROSS and FSS programs can help ensure lease compliance. *The meetings are held on the last Tuesday of the month. There will be snacks and a door prize drawing.* Community

Time

Location

Booker T. Washington Bouldin Oaks Chalmers Court Georgian Manor/Coronado Hills Meadowbrook Rosewood/Salina Santa Rita Thurmond Heights/Northgate

10:30 am 11:00 am 10:00 am 11:00 am 1:30 pm 2:00 pm 2:00 pm 1:00 pm

Community Room Community Room Community Room Coronado Hills Community Room Community Room Goodwill Job Source Center Community Room Northgate Community Room

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Energy Conservation Tips by Energy Manager James Bean

Don’t keep your refrigerator or freezer too cold. Recommended temperatures are 37 degrees to 40 degrees for the fresh food compartment and five degrees for the freezer section. If you have a separate freezer for long-term storage, it should be kept at zero degrees. To check refrigerator temperature, place an appliance thermometer in a glass of water in the center of the refrigerator. Read it after 24 hours. To check the freezer temperature, place a thermometer between frozen packages. Read it after 24 hours.

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