Contact us today!  •  770.536.1294
Children Services

Children Services

Spring Break

The week of Gainesville City School’s Spring Break, usually the first full week of April. Monday – Friday, 3:00-5:30. Sites will be announced later. Curriculum-based programming, Monday – Thursday, provided by paid teaching staff, to address literacy and reading so that children are best prepared for school testing later in April. If the students attend class M-TH, they are rewarded with a field trip on Friday. This program is free of charge and a snacks are provided every day. Contact:

Check out our calendar to see what's happening, where and when.

RISE Summer Program visit the RISE website

Each summer, Gainesville Housing Authority sponsors, in partnership with Brenau University and United Way, a 6-week curriculum-based summer program, to address summer learning loss, for rising 1st-7th graders. RISE sites are Melrose’s Innovation Station and Fair Street School. The program is free of charge, breakfast, lunch and a snack are provided daily. Transportation is provided by Gainesville City Schools for students who live in the City of Gainesville. Go to for more information and registration materials. Contact:

Melrose Apartments

Boys and Girls Club

Monday – Friday, 3:00-5:30 at Innovation Station
K-5th grade
Tutoring, activities and field trips offered free for Melrose residents. Contact: Kerve,

Free Chapel Melrose

Thursdays during Boys and Girls Club at Innovation Station
K-5th grade
Art class at Innovation Station during Boys and Girls’ Club. Others are invited to attend, not just BGC kids…

Chattahoochee River Keeper

Last Tuesday of the month, 3:30-5:30
K-5th grade
Once a month, Chattahoochee River Keeper provides an environmental education program for the kids who attend Boys and Girls Club at Melrose.

BLING (Building Leaders in North Georgia) Visit the BLING website

Mondays and Tuesdays, 4:00-5:30pm (follows Gainesville City Schools calendar)
Computer Room at Pearl Nix Parkway office
Girls-only club, 10-17 years old
Join us for fun, activities and field trips. Contact: Lisa Chester,

Harrison Square


Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30-5:30
Harrison Square playground or community center when weather is bad.
For children, K-5th grade
After-school program that provides homework assistance, art projects, holiday parties, fellowship and fun! Also, special Saturday activities: arts and crafts, movies, holiday parties! Contact: Amy and Jack Bentley,


Wednesdays, 5:30 – 7pm
For children, K-5th
Bible Study sponsored by In His Name Church for K-5th graders. Contact:

YES! (Young Entrepreneurs Succeed)

Thursdays, 5:30-7:00. Follows Gainesville City Schools calendar.
For students, 6th-12th grades
The goal of the club is to prepare young GHA residents to be young entrepreneurs through direct training, field trips and meeting local successful people in a variety of businesses. Classes are about developing business ideas and then implementing those ideas for presentation before a 'Shark Tank'-like committee. Students create business plans, business cards, proto-types, take field trips to area businesses, meet local innovators, hear motivational speakers and participate in skill-building exercises. Contact: Jim Chapman,

BLING (Building Leaders in North Georgia) Visit the BLING website

Tuesdays, 6:30-8pm (follows Gainesville City Schools calendar)
Girls-only club, 10-17 years old
Join us for fun, activities and field trips. Contact: Emily Cohen

Kids’ Nest Academy

Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30-5:00pm (follows Gainesville City Schools calendar)
2nd and 3rd graders only
After-school tutoring for 2nd and 3rd graders only. Contact: Paula,

For Teens

College Bound

For all GHA high school students.
Assistance and mentoring by Resident Services Coordinator, Maria Calkins. Resources include: helping with FAFSA, searching for scholarships, college planning, after-school and summer job search. Contact:

Job Skills classes

Schedule to be announced Spring 2017
In partnership with WorkSource, GHA will be offering soft skills, mock interviews, resume writing and job prep training for teens. Contact:

Rise summer program

GHA teenage residents, 16-18 years old, are invited to apply for paid summer jobs as assistant teachers. The job lasts for 6 weeks and assistant teachers are expected to be at RISE 5 days a week, 8:30am-2:30pm at either Melrose’s Innovation Station or Fair Street School. Transportation, 2 meals a day and a snack are provided. See for application.

Golden ticket

Usually the week after Spring Break (see GHA calendar) at GHS, T-W-Th, 3:45-5pm
Dinner and transportation home provided.
In partnership with Gainesville High School and WorkSource, a program for juniors and seniors where they plan for the future: education, job training, work. Contact: Maria,


Gainesville Housing Authority Application
Who We Serve
Main Office:

750 Pearl Nix Pkwy.

Gainesville, GA 30501


Tel. 770.536.1294

Fax 770-536-5150

Stay In Touch With Us:
Today's Events
page divider

© 2019 Gainesville Housing Authority.
E-Verify #476751 | Authorization: 12/22/2011
Website by Full Media (CS)