February Board of Commissioners Meeting

The regular meeting of the Athens Housing Authority Board of Commissioners will be held on Thurs., Feb. 22, 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.

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Equal Housing Opportunity LogoThe federal Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing because of race, color, national origin, religion, familial status, gender, and disability. The Fair Housing Act ensures that all persons receive equal housing opportunity. For more information about the Fair Housing Act and your rights, go to www.hud.gov/offices/fheo.

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2018 Scholarship Information for Graduating HS Seniors and Adults

 

2018 Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarships for Graduating High School Seniors:

  • GAHRA Scholarship Program – High School Student

(Must be current resident with at least two years of residency.)  2018 applications are available at the AHA front desk and attached here as a pdf.      Deadline for submittal to the AHA: 3/15/2018 by 5pm     2018 GAHRA Scholarship High School

  • Peach State Federal C.U. Legacy Student Scholarship Program

(Must be pursuing a degree in education.)      2018 applications are available at the AHA front desk and attached here as a pdf.    Deadline for submittal to the Peach State Federal Credit Union: 3/16/2018  2018 CU Legacy Student Scholarship Application

  • Peach State Federal C.U. Pomeroy Woods Student Scholarship Program

(Must demonstrate a commitment to community service.)  2018 applications are available at the AHA front desk and attached here as a pdf.   Deadline for submittal to the Peach State Federal Credit Union: 3/16/2018  2018 CU Pomeroy Woods Scholarship Application

  • HAI Group Resident Scholarship Program

(Must be current resident with at least six months of residency.)  2018 scholarship information is available online.  Please visit: www.housingcenter.com/scholarships/      Deadline for online submittal to HAI: 3/30/2018 by 5pm    2018 HAI Scholarship Flyer

  • ICC / Louise Cameron Scholarship Application – High School Student

(Must be current resident with a 2.7 GPA or higher.)  2018 applications are available at the ICC Office & AHA front desk and attached here as a pdf.  Deadline for submittal to the ICC: 4/30/2018 by 2pm  2018 ICC-Louise Cameron Scholarship High School

  • AHA Pursuit of Excellence Scholarship Program

(Must be current resident with a 2.5 GPA or higher.)  2018 applications are available at the AHA front desk and attached here as a Word document and a pdf.  Deadline for submittal to the AHA: 4/30/2018   AHA Pursuit of Excellence Scholarship Application Rules 2018   AHA Pursuit of Excellence Scholarship Application Rules 2018

Scholarships for Adult Students:

  • GAHRA Scholarship Program – Adult Student

(Must be current resident in good standing, with at least two years of residency, currently enrolled in college, and not a previous GAHRA scholarship winner.)  2018 applications are available at the AHA front desk and attached here as a pdf.  Deadline for submittal to the AHA: 3/15/2018 by 5pm  2018 GAHRA Scholarship Adult

  • Peach State Federal C.U. Career Advancement Scholarship Program

(Must be employed, a PSFCU member in good standing, and currently enrolled in college.)   2018 applications are available at the AHA front desk and attached here as a pdf.    Deadline for submittal to the Peach State Federal Credit Union: 3/16/2018  2018 CU Career Advancement Scholarship Application

  • HAI Group Resident Scholarship Program

(Must be current resident with at least six months of residency.) 2018 scholarship information is available online.  Please visit: www.housingcenter.com/scholarships/     Deadline for online submittal to HAI: 3/30/2018 by 5pm  2018 HAI Scholarship Flyer

  • ICC / Louise Cameron Scholarship Application – Adult Student

(Must be current resident, in good standing, with at least six months of residency, and a 2.7 GPA or higher.) 2018 applications are available at the ICC Office & AHA front desk and attached here as a pdf. Deadline for submittal to the ICC: 4/30/2018 by 2pm  2018 ICC-Louise Cameron Scholarship Adult

  • AHA Pursuit of Excellence Scholarship Program

(Must be a current resident who is a full-time student and in good standing in a college program.) 2018 applications are available at the AHA front desk and attached here as a Word document and a pdf.  Deadline for submittal to the AHA: 4/30/2018   AHA Pursuit of Excellence Scholarship Application Rules 2018    

AHA Pursuit of Excellence Scholarship Application Rules 2018

 

Please contact the Executive Offices at 706-425-5401 or e-mail scholarships@athenshousing.org if you have questions or concerns.

 

 

Board of Commissioners Planning Retreat

The Athens Housing Authority Board of Commissioners will hold a planning retreat beginning at approximately 6:00 p.m. on Thurs., Feb. 1, 2018, through approximately noon on Sat., Feb. 3, 2018.  This retreat will be held at Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge located at 418 Amicalola Falls Lodge Rd., Dawsonville, GA.  This retreat is being held for the purpose of planning only.  Neither resolutions nor official actions on issues will be considered during this meeting.

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January Board of Commissioners Meeting

The regular meeting of the Athens Housing Authority Board of Commissioners will be held on Thurs., Jan. 25, 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.

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December Board of Commissioners Meeting

The regular meeting of the Athens Housing Authority Board of Commissioners will be held on Thurs., Dec. 14, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.  At the conclusion of the regular meeting, affiliated organizations, Athens Housing Redevelopment, Inc. and Vanguard Housing Solutions, Inc. will convene.  All meetings are held at the Athens Housing Authority office located at 300 S. Rocksprings St., Athens GA.

 

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November Board of Commissioners Meeting

The regular meeting of the Athens Housing Authority Board of Commissioners will be held on Thurs., November 16, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. immediately following, affiliated organizations, Athens Redevelopment, Inc. and Vanguard Housing Solutions, Inc., will meet.  All meetings are held in the Board Room of the Athens Housing Authority office, located at 300 S. Rocksprings St.

 

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October Board of Commissioners Meeting

The regular meeting of the Athens Housing Authority Board of Commissioners will be held on Tues., October 24, 2017, at 4:30 p.m.  Immediately following, affiliated organizations, Athens Housing Redevelopment, Inc. and Vanguard Housing Solutions, Inc. will meet.  All meetings are held in the Board Room of the Athens Housing Authority office located at 300 S. Rocksprings St.

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Columbia Brookside – the New Standard for Affordable Housing in Athens GA

The Athens Housing Authority and Columbia Residential celebrated the completion of Columbia Brookside, a mixed-income multi-family community. Located at the site of the former Jack R. Wells public housing neighborhood, Columbia Brookside offers a combination of affordable and market-rate senior and family housing.

The dedication ceremony honored Corene V.S. Green and Jessie Walton Barnett, two individuals who made certain that all members of the Athens community had access to resources and services. Two streets in Columbia Brookside, Green Lane and Barnett Trail, are named for them. Plaques honoring the women and their work have been placed in the community.

The idea of Columbia Brookside began several years ago when the AHA began to consider the best possible way to renovate and revitalize the Jack R. Wells neighborhood.  In the past, the AHA had used capital funds to renovate older public housing neighborhoods. The Jack R. Wells community was next on the list for renovation.  Around the same time, the Athens-Clarke County government was studying the possibility of encouraging economic development along the same corridor the Jack R. Wells community was located along.  The AHA and the ACC government began to explore some options.

In the meantime, the AHA conducted a number of meetings with Jack R. Wells residents, asking them about their ideas for their community and what they would like to see.  With the encouragement of the residents, the AHA began to meet with developers and discuss possibilities.  Residents were vital members in helping to select a developer, Columbia Residential of Atlanta,  and for lending their voices in charrettes held to plan the new neighborhood.  With the approval of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the AHA moved forward.

In 2013, Jack R. Wells residents were relocated around the Athens community.  Some residents selected to move to other AHA neighborhoods.  Others were provided with Housing Choice Vouchers by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. At that time, residents were told that they would all have the opportunity to come back to the new neighborhood if they desired. The Jack R.Wells neighborhood was demolished and the construction of Columbia Brookside began.   The AHA and Columbia Residential were on track to create the first mixed-income multi-family housing in Athens.

The community was developed in three phases.  The first phase, opened in 2015, is a senior mid-rise building that included amenities such as theater for movies and meetings and an exercise room. Phases two and three are family apartment homes.  Phase two opened in 2016 with Phase three following this year. At this time, Columbia Brookside is almost completely occupied.  The Athens-Clarke County has praised the development of Columbia Brookside and is encouraging the AHA to explore a variety of affordable housing options.

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Linda Stephens, former Jack R. Wells resident and new Columbia Brookside resident, address the dedication ceremony attendees.
Ribbon cutting ceremony at Columbia Brookside.
Members of the Barnett family with plaque honoring their family member.
Unveiling the plaque honoring Corene V.S. Green.
The dedication ceremony at Columbia Brookside was held poolside under a sunny sky.

September Board of Commissioners Meeting

The regular meeting of the Athens Housing Authority Board of Commissioners will be held on Thurs., September 28, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.  Immediately following, affiliated organizations, Athens Housing Redevelopment, Inc. and Vanguard Housing Solutions, Inc. will meet.

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

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Severe Weather – AHA Open

The Athens Housing Authority is open today, Sept. 11, 2017.  There is a high potential for severe weather, including high winds and heavy rains.  We will be prioritizing work orders based on emergency and urgent needs.  Staff will be assessing the weather situation on an hourly basis.

For our customers, please stay safe.  If there are items on porches that may blow around in high winds, be sure to secure them or move them indoors for the time being.

Any changes regarding early closing, weather issues or maintenance response will be posted throughout the day.

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