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GHA earns four national awards

The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO), which represents almost 3,000 housing agencies, redevelopment agencies and affiliates nationally, has named the Gainesville Housing Authority (GHA) as winner of four Awards of Merit.

The project Building Leaders in North Georgia (BLING), a weekly at-risk girls’ program held at two GHA sites, won an Award of Merit for Resident and Client Services. BLING focuses on girls’ success and confidence as they grow into teens. Additionally, BLING was nominated for a NAHRO Award of Excellence.

 In the Project Design category, the Harrison Square Family Pavilion, a project funded by community support and volunteer labor, features a folk-art themed pavilion with painted benches, tables and games as a safe play area for children and as a casual outdoor area for adults.

In the Administrative Innovation category, The End of an Era celebration – which honored the Green Hunter Homes/ Atlanta Street Apartment community for its 65-year role as a public housing neighborhood. The celebration included speakers, music, food and a free commemorative booklet.

The Vitality Plan Health Care Costs Reduction also won an Award of Merit in Administrative Innovation. The plan reduces the overall cost of employee insurance 10% through launching a vigorous employee wellness plan.

Founded in 1949, the GHA is home to more than 1,000 individual residents in 363 units scattered throughout the city. The agency fosters many community partnerships to offer residents ongoing classes, workshops and other personal improvement options geared toward financial, social and personal independence.
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