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July Board of Commissioners Meeting

The Athens Housing Authority Board of Commissioners will hold the regular board meeting on Tues., July 24, 2018 at noon.  Immediately following the regular board meeting, the following affiliated organizations will convene:  Athens Housing Redevelopment, Inc.; Vanguard Housing Solutions, Inc.; Athens Housing Ventures Fund, Inc.; Core Holdings, Inc.

All meetings are held at the Athens Housing Authority office located at 300 S. Rocksprings St., Athens GA.



Columbia Brookside Wins Award of Excellence.



(Above) Athens Housing Authority Executive Director Rick Parker, Sen. Johnny Isakson, and Columbia Residential President and COO Jim Grauley.

At a recent ceremony in Washington, D.C., the Athens Housing Authority and our development partner Columbia Residential were honored with the 2018 Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Award for the mixed-income, multi-family community, Columbia Brookside. The prestigious honor is only awarded to one development project per state using tax credits to ensure affordable housing. Pictured are AHA Executive Director Rick Parker; Sen. Johnny Isakson; and, Columbia Residential President and COO Jim Grauley.

Columbia Brookside was built at the site of the former Jack R. Wells public housing neighborhood.  The Jack R. Wells neighborhood consisted of 125 dwelling units.  Beginning in 2015, Columbia Brookside was constructed in three phases.  Phase 1 is a senior mid-rise building and Phases 2 and 3 are a mixture of one, two, three, and four-bedroom apartment homes.  In total, Columbia Brookside consists of 370 dwelling units that are a mixture of public housing, subsidized housing, and market rate apartments.  Completed in 2018, Columbia Brookside is leased up and continues to be a transformational part of the surrounding neighborhood.





June Board of Commissioners Meetings

The Athens Housing Authority Board of Commissioners will hold a special board meeting in executive session to discuss personnel matters on Tues., June 26, 2018, at 10:00 a.m.

The Board of Commissioners will hold the regular board meeting on Thurs., June 28, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.  Immediately following the regular board meeting, Athens Housing Redevelopment, Inc. will convene.

All Board meetings are held at the Athens Housing Authority office located at 300 S. Rocksprings St., Athens GA.


Summer Food Service Begins

Beginning Tues., May 29, 2018, the Summer Food Service Program will provide lunches to children and youth at 27 summer day camps, educational and sports programs, and recreation centers throughout the community.  Athens Housing Authority will organize the Summer Food Service Program in Athens-Clarke County again this year.

The Athens Housing Authority spearheaded the program for the community in 1990 has been consistently running it since then.  This year, the Foodbank of Northeast Georgia will be aiding with the Summer Food Service Program.  Last year, the Housing Authority and the Foodbank joined forces to manage the program.

As always, meals will be provided to all children aged three to 18 years free of charge.  Because many of the serving sites are day camps, at summer programs, all children and youth enrolled in the program will have lunch provided.  However, those who live near the serving site may also have lunch by arriving at the site at


lunch time.  All lunches must be consumed on site and participants should let the site director know how often they plan to attend the Summer Food Service Program in order to plan for the number to be served each day.

The Summer Food Service Program will serve lunches from May 29 – July 18, 2018.  Lunches will be served between 11 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  Serving times will vary by site.  The Summer Food Service Program ensures a nutritious meal each day and can help families save on grocery bills this summer.  For more information about the Summer Food Service Program, please call 706-425-5354 to learn about serving sites and times.

The Summer Food Service Program sites are as follows:

ACC Library Athens Land Trust YMCA
Auburn Library Bethel Midtown Village Boys & Girls Club – Barrow County
Broadacres Recreation Center DESTNED’S Read to Succeed Community Center – East Athens
First AME Church 4th St. Village Boys & Girls Club – Garnett Ridge
Memorial Park Mt Pleasant Baptist Church Nellie B

Community Center

Oglethorpe County Library Parkview Recreation Center Rocksprings Recreation Center
Boys & Girls Club  Smilow Statham Public Library Boys & Girls Club H.T. Edwards
Salvation Army The Wiz Academy Thomas Lay Recreation Center
Timothy Baptist Church United Team Sports Center YWCO Girls Club

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; fax: (202) 690-7442; or email: This institution is an equal opportunity provider.



Mobile Clinic Visits Parkview

The Athens Free Clinic, a program of the medical partnership of Augusta University and the University of Georgia, visited Parkview on Sat., May 5, 2018.  Supervised medical students took medical histories, performed blood pressure checks and discussed heath issues with Parkview residents.

The mobile clinic is a community service program to assist with training medical students under the supervision of the medical partnership staff and to help individuals who may lack adequate medical care.   Watch for more news about where the Athens Free Clinic will be next.


Smoke Free Policy Meetings

The Athens Housing Authority Board of Commissioners recently voted to implement a Smoke-Free Policy for all AHA communities beginning July 1, 2018.    Residents have been provided information about the Smoke Free Policy on several occasions through meetings and newsletter stories as well as information sent to each resident.

During May, community meetings will be held to discuss the new Smoke-Free Policy and its impact on residents.  Information will be provided about where smoking will be prohibited, Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems, enforcement of the policy, timing on signing the lease addendum based on the Smoke-Free Policy, and community resources for those interested in stopping smoking.  Residents are encouraged to attend the community meetings and to ask questions about the Smoke-Free Policy.

Meetings to update residents will be held the following dates and times:

Mon., May 7, 5:30 pm                     Nellie B                                     Nellie B Community Center

Tues., May 8, 3 pm                         Denney Tower                          Denney Tower Community Room

Tues., May 8, 5:30 pm                   New Scattered West                  AHA Breakroom

Wed., May 9, 3 pm                         New Scattered East                 Bonnie Lane Community Center

Wed. May 9, 5:30 pm                    Parkview and Parkview Ext.     AHA Breakroom

Thurs., May 10, 5:30 pm              Broadacres and Rocksprings    AHA  Breakroom


Arts in Community Grant Awarded to Parkview Community Center

The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission recently announced that the Parkview Homes Community Center, in affiliation with the University of Georgia College of Education will receive a $1,500 grant for a literacy center.  In the fall of 2017, the College of Education at the University of Georgia and the Athens Housing Authority entered into a cooperative partnership to allow members of the Department of Language and Literacy Education to start a community literacy center at the Parkview Community Center.

This partnership aims to build a hub for community-based literacy programming and activist research training across multiple properties of arts-based advocacy. The grant is being awarded for a proposed mural project that will involve a semester-long engagement between middle and high school youth in Parkview, UGA graduate students, as well as a teaching artist, who will be paid through the grant.



April Board of Commissioners Meeting

The regular meeting of the Athens Housing Authority Board of Commissioners will be held on Thurs., April 26, 2018,  at 4:30 p.m.  At the conclusion of the regular meeting, affiliated organization, Athens Housing Redevelopment, Inc. will meet.  All meetings are held at the Athens Housing Authority office located at 300 S. Rocksprings St., Athens GA.



Listen to AHA Board Chair on Rabbit Box

Local organization Rabbit Box has recently released a CD featuring AHA Board Chair Valdon Daniel’s story about growing up in Broadacres and his experiences as a youth at his first job  at a grocery store.  Click on to his story.

Rabbit Box features  live story-telling performances by local people about a variety of topics and life experiences.  To learn more, go to