AHA has 18 public and subsidized housing properties totaling 1,839 apartments throughout the city of Albany. Eligible applicants may choose where they would like to live. Residents pay about 30 percent of their monthly household income toward rent. Residents also have access to community development programs that assist with education, job training, youth programs, health, and wellness, as well as many other programs. The goal is to help each resident maximize their potential and move back into the private rental market and off of assistance.
YOUTH LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
ACADEMIC SUPPORT, STEM, TUTORING, ENRICHMENT, AND FUN
Helping children to develop dreams and goals at a young age is key to future success and motivation. The Youth Leadership Academy Program exists to support children's success in school, provide fun and to enrich after-school and summer programs, virtual training, and develop beneficial social, communication, and problem-solving skills. The Youth Academy is for any Youth in the Albany area, that will be in the 8th and 9th grade for the 2020-2021 school year. Applications may be obtained by emailing dwiggins@AlbanyHA.com or calling 229-434-4505.
FAMILY SELF-SUFFICIENCY (FSS)
FSS is a voluntary program that coordinates housing assistance with public and private resources to enable assisted families to achieve economic self-sufficiency. Through the FSS program, one can develop job skills, education, and training needs to attain monetary independence, obtain goals and accomplishments. The participants work with a program coordinator to assess their strengths, identify barriers, set goals, and work to achieve them. This assistance is provided to participants and their families for up to five years. Once the participants and the coordinators develop a plan, received from AHA is given to identify educational and employment goals. Activities and services are outlined to achieve these goals. HUD's definition of Self Sufficiency is no longer receiving housing choice vouchers, public or Indian housing assistance, or and federal, state, or local rental assistance and or homeownership subsidies.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE
Public Housing, House Choice Voucher Residents, and the RAD Conversion (PBV) or (PBRA) Head of Household are all eligible. For more information, please contact Mary Josey, Public Housing FSS Coordinator, 229-434-4505 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOSTERING YOUTH TO INDEPENDENCE
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) estimates that more than 20,000 young people age out of foster care each year. The National Center for Housing and Child Welfare (NCHCW) estimates that approximately 25 percent of these young people experience homelessness within four years of leaving foster care, and an even higher share are precariously housed.
"No young person who grows up in foster care should experience homelessness once they set out on their own," said HUD Secretary Carson. "The foundation of a stable life is stable housing, and this initiative will allow local housing, working child welfare agencies, and homeless planners to focus this housing assistance to those young people who need it most."
Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) is an initiative to provide housing assistance and supportive services to at-risk young adults aging out of foster care.
The population eligible to be assisted with funding under this notice are youth certified by a PCWA as meeting the following conditions.
Has attained at least 18 years and not more than 24 years of age;
Left foster care, or will leave foster care within 90 days, in accordance with a transition plan described in section 475(5)(H) of the Social Security Act at age 16 or older; and
Is homeless or is at risk of becoming homeless
Eligible youth can voluntarily participate in several services offered by the AHA such as:
Essential life skills information/counseling on money management, use of credit, housekeeping, proper nutrition/meal preparation, and access to health care (e.g., doctors, medication, and mental and behavioral health services).
Counseling on compliance with rental lease requirements and with HCV program participant requirements, including assistance/referrals for assistance on security deposits, utility hook-up fees, and utility deposits.
Providing such assurances to owners of rental property as are reasonable and necessary to assist a FUP-eligible youth in renting a unit with a voucher.
Job preparation and attainment counseling (where to look/how to apply, dress, grooming, and relationships with supervisory personnel, etc.).
Educational and career advancement and counseling regarding attainment of a general equivalency diploma (GED); attendance/financing of education at a technical school, trade school, or college; including strong work ethic and attitude models.
For more information, please contact Danita Wiggins at 229-434-4505 or email, .
LEADING YOUR COMMUNITY
Your Resident Council needs you! Keep up to date on the latest information related to your property and share valuable feedback and input. Each property-based Resident Council serves as the voice of the residents at that property. Since each development has specific issues and opportunities, each needs its own representation – make sure that your needs and your neighbors are heard by attending your Resident Council meetings.
JEANETTE HENDERSON SCHOLARSHIPS
AHA HAS RESOURCES FOR YOUR EDUCATION
The cost of furthering your education doesn't have to be overwhelming. AHA has many resources available to residents who plan to attend college or a trade school. AHA offers scholarships exclusively for AHA's public and subsidized housing residents and Housing Choice Voucher participants.
HEALTHY, AND CLEAN COMMUNITIES
The AHA has implemented a smoke-free housing policy for all of its residential properties, to create a healthier, safer, and cleaner living environment for all of its residents.