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

June 2012 Housing Authority Board of Commissioners

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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

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tephanie Cain is enjoying her completed credit smart and home four-bedroom, two-bathroom buyer courses to prepare her on the home with a two-car garage. She road to homeownership. If you are said it was hard to find a home that a resident of Public Housing or the suited her taste and budget. She wisely Housing Choice Voucher Program and are a first-time home saved money to afford the buyer, you also have home she really wanted the opportunity to and repaired minor credit buy your own house. issues. Stephanie was a The Downpayment Housing Choice Voucher Assistance/ Program participant for Homeownership 19 years. She has two Program provides adult children. Stephanie a loan of $10,000 says,“The independence you feel by obtaining your on a first come, Stephanie Cain at the first serve basis to own home is awesome. home closing in April. residents qualified I love the peaceful environment of my neighborhood. I for homeownership. The best part feel a sense of freedom in knowing about the program is that the loan the home is mine.” Stephanie’s is forgiven after five years if the story is similar to many other homeowner does not default. home buyers. She has successfully For more information contact, Suzanne Schwertner, Homeownership Coordinator, at 512-477-4488 ext. 2118 or email The June Board of Commissioner’s Meeting will be held at the HACA Administration Building, 1124 South IH-35, Austin, TX 78704 on Thursday, June 21, 2012, at 12:00 pm.

Inside this Issue Celebrate Juneteenth!

National Adult Education Honor Society

Father’s Day June 17th

HACA is conducting a survey! In an effort to better support our high school aged youth, an agency wide study is being conducted now through June 30, 2012. Each HACA resident between the ages of 14 and 19 will receive a survey in the mail asking for them to fill out and return the survey to your property office. The results of this survey will be used to support grant proposals, program budgets, and most importantly, to help create programs that support our youth in achieving academic success.

We hope your family will contribute to this important project. Please encourage high school aged children on property to complete and return their survey to the office as soon as possible! Additionally, face to face interviews and/or telephone interviews may follow at a later date, depending on the return rate of the mailed survey. Please see your ROSS Specialist with any further questions.

Juneteenth is an annual celebration recognizing the abolition of slavery in Texas in 1865. This day is remembered on June 19th each year. HACA communities will have Juneteenth celebration events. Please see the notices for events posted around your property or community. Also ask your ROSS or Resident Wellness Specialist for more detailed information.


THURSDAY - JUNE 28th (2 (2--7 PM) HACA residents who successfully complete all 5 GED tests will receive $500!!


To enroll Contact Ignacio Parra (512) 597-7255 or



*Must be a HACA resident


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Wednesday, July 25th 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Financial Know-How: Join the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) team for a credit and financial planning workshop, you will learn: • How to read your credit reports • Important tips to a healthy credit score • Negotiation tools for debt management • Banking tools and how to use them to improve your finances • Saving and Investing: Certificate of Deposits, IRAs, 401Ks


Thursday, August 23rd 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Entrepreneurial Fair: Want to start your own business? The FSS team will be hosting a panel discussion from several organizations that will give you the 411 on where to start. Bring your ideas and questions and join us for this informative event! Both events will be held at the HACA Central Administration Building at 1124 South IH-35, Austin, TX 78704.

One Voice June 2012

de i w y t Ci y r o s i v Ad es t o N Board Nominate DAD of the Year! Contact your ROSS Specialist or FSS Coordinator to nominate a HACA Dad of the year from your property! The winner will be announced at the Father’s Day Celebration at Rosewood Courts. The time and date of the event are to be announced.

The next meeting is June 12, 2012 at 10:00 am at Gaston Place Apartments

Last month’s CWAB meeting was held May 8, 2012 at Meadowbrook Apartments. The Youth Educational Success/Drop out Prevention Survey was announced. Property reports were given about events happening at the properties. remember! 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.


ongratulations to Julian Olivarez for earning his GED and for being inducted into the National Adult Education Honors Society! Julian was a HACA teenager who dropped out of high school. He had little direction on where his life was headed. One day, Julian’s father, Joe Olivarez, decided to take action to find his son some support to get him moving in the right direction. Feeling out of options, Joe came to visit with the ROSS Specialist to see if there was anything that HACA could do to help. Joe stated “I love my son and I want him to have a better life than what he would have without an education. He needs to get a GED, but I don’t know what else I can do to get him motivated. Can you please help him?” The ROSS Specialist began meeting with Julian weekly to discuss his goals, aspirations, and intentions of getting his GED. After a few weeks, it was discovered that Julian had a passion for music production. He was instructed to attend Austin Community College’s GED Orientation and then begin classes held at the Austin Area Urban League. Once Julian began GED classes, he became more

Energy Conservation Tips by Energy Manager James Bean Joe Olivarez (left), stands with his son, Julian Olivarez (right), at the National Adult Education Honors Society Induction Ceremony.

motivated about the idea of attending college to pursue his dreams. When Julian was ready, HACA paid for him to take the GED test. Upon a successful completion of the test, HACA rewarded Julian with a $500 stipend. He is now working on an Associates Degree in Commercial Music Management and then plans to transfer to a four-year university to achieve a Bachelors Degree. With the help of the ROSS Program and the insistence of a loving father, Julian is now moving towards self-sufficiency. Julian’s father, Joe, can celebrate Father’s Day with a whole new meaning for 2012.

One Voice June 2012

To keep cool-try using a fan instead of the air conditioner. A fan uses less energy and can help spread cool air around your room.


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

Important Phone Numbers

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.

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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. 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.

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