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Group of senior citizens standing outside Porter Community Building brick wall in winter attire

Wonderful Wednesday (March 2024)

Wonderful Wednesdays allow residents 60+ to come together for fellowship, food, and fun.
Life Coach Workshop group participants

Life Coach Seminar (March 2024)

Latoya Jackson, renowned speaker and advocate for personal development, captivated our residents with an enlightening discourse on the importance of crafting lifealtering goals in conjunction with an accountability partner. Her message resonated deeply, inspiring all in attendance to embrace the power of collaboration and accountability as catalysts for transformative success.
Target volunteers outside of the Boykin Community Center

Food Pantry Volunteers (Feb 2024)

Target Employees Keisha Fields, Alycia Cox, and Gerald Griggs, Domestic Violence Intervention Interns Ansley Garner and Elere Varden, and Social Work Intern Ariel Willis volunteered to stock the pantry. We thank all volunteers who take the time to make a difference in others' lives by volunteering at the Boykin Food Pantry.
Senior citizens participating in BraveHearts luncheon activities with volunteer

BraveHearts Valentine Luncheon (Feb 2024)

BraveHearts interns from the joint outreach program of Auburn University Social Work Program and First Presbyterian Church of Auburn were the featured speakers at the Valentine luncheon. BraveHearts aims to provide therapeutic daily routines and community engagement for adults with disabilities, offering diversity and inclusion training for Auburn University interns and volunteers. Currently, BraveHearts is partnering with Auburn Housing Authority senior citizens to establish an adopt a grandparent program, where participants create artwork for seniors, fostering friendships and mutual support.
Sandra Sanders standing and smiling with retirement sash

Sandra's Retirement Party (Jan 2024)

As Sandra Sanders approaches the milestone of 29.5 years of dedicated service with us, we are excited to celebrate her remarkable journey and contributions to our organization. As the Administrative Assistant under then Executive Director Lee Eastman and current CEO Sharon Tolbert. She was promoted to Administrative Assistant Accounting in August 2006 and then to Executive Administrative Assistant in July 2014. She has worn many hats during her employment at AHA and calls herself Jackie of all trades, Master of none. She has fostered good relationships with staff, tenants, and all the Boards of Commissioners. Please join us in expressing our heartfelt appreciation and warmest wishes to Sandra as she embarks on this new chapter.
Scholarship Breakfast attendees standing in front of MLK background

2024 MLK Day Scholarship Breakfast (Jan 2024)

The 2024 MLK Day Scholarship Breakfast served as a powerful reminder of the strength that comes from unity and diversity within our community. It was heartening to see individuals from various backgrounds come together to celebrate a shared vision of equality. As we reflect on the insights gained from the breakfast, let's consider how we can actively contribute to the principles espoused by Dr. King in our respective capacities.
Employees and Commissioners at the Christmas Luncheon posing in front of Christmas tree

Annual Christmas Luncheon and Dirty Santa (Dec 2023)

What a festive and joyful event we had at our Annual Christmas Luncheon and Dirty Santa at the Marriott in Opelika, AL. Our team gathered for a delicious feast filled with laughter, good food, and the warmth of holiday cheer. It was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the year and enjoy each other's company. The highlight of the day was our hilarious and heartwarming Dirty Santa gift exchange. From quirky gifts to unexpected surprises, our team knows how to spread holiday joy with a touch of humor. Check out our photo album for a glimpse of the laughter, smiles, and camaraderie that filled the room. Thank you to everyone who contributed to making this event a success.
Residents choosing a gift from community table

Santa Shoppe and Community Tree (Dec 2023)

We had a fantastic time at the "Santa Shoppe and Community Tree" event held at LHA on December 12. The festive atmosphere was contagious, with tenants embodying the true spirit of the season – full of joy and laughter. Representatives from 15 units and a total of 24 tenants participated in the event. For those who couldn't make it, we have arranged for them to come in this week for special pictures with the Community Tree. The excitement was palpable as everyone placed their personally decorated ornaments on the tree. A big thank you to Ms. Beth Redding from Roanoke Housing Authority, Wally Williamson, and Lindsey Williamson for their invaluable assistance. Our volunteers truly make these events memorable! Hot chocolate and cookies added to the warmth of the occasion. The children had the delightful task of choosing a gift, beautifully wrapped, to place under their Christmas tree for their mothers. As we reflect on this heartwarming event, we eagerly anticipate the upcoming New Year and the prospect of organizing more engaging events at LHA. Thank you to everyone who participated and contributed to making this event a success!
East Park residents posing at the Christmas event

East Park Christmas Event (Dec 2023)

Auburn Housing Authority Resident Services and Ivory Davis from East Alabama Mental Health hosted a Christmas Event for the East Park Community on December 9th . The residents were given refreshments and created Christmas tree ornaments and bracelets.
Auburn Smart Bank volunteer looking at a kid working on a coloring sheet

Ridgecrest Christmas Event (Dec 2023)

Auburn Housing Authority Resident Services and the Auburn Smart Bank hosted a Christmas Event for the Ridgecrest Community on December 7th . Over 50 residents attended the event as they celebrated with refreshments and color sheets.
Santa and three little girls

Sparkman Christmas Event (Dec 2023)

Auburn Housing Authority Resident Services hosted a Christmas Event for the Sparkman Community on December 9th . The residents snuggled up with hot chocolate, created Christmas ornaments and got to visit our special guest! Santa was loved by all.
Seniors attending the luncheon

Senior Citizen's Christmas Luncheon (Dec 2023)

Auburn Housing Resident Services took the Senior Citizens to Country’s BBQ to celebrate the holidays on December 13th. Anthony Walker from True Deliverance assisted with transportation for the Senior Citizen’s Christmas Luncheon.
Charlotte Mattox and Tabitha Griffin standing behind a table of toys at the Auburn Public Safety Toy Drive

Auburn Toy Drive (Dec 2023)

Auburn Public Safety hosted its annual Auburn Toy Drive, which provided gifts for over 400 children this year! We were excited to donate and volunteer for this wonderful event. These toys bring happiness to children but will also create lasting memories for families in our community. These contributions will have a meaningful impact on the holiday season for those who need it most.
Volunteers interacting with Christmas market attendees.

Christmas Farmers Market (Dec 2023)

The air was filled with holiday cheer as our community came together to spread warmth and joy for our families at the Christmas Farmers Market. Our dedicated volunteers went above and beyond to make this market a success. Your kindness and dedication embody the true spirit of the season.
AHA Employees at the Pre-Iron Bowl Tailgate in their Alabama and Auburn gear cheering for their team

AHA Annual Meeting and Pre-Iron Bowl Tailgate (Nov 2023)

What an incredible day of team spirit, camaraderie, and friendly rivalry at our Employee Iron Bowl Tailgate! Our employees brought their A-game in supporting their favorite teams. From spirited cheers to decked-out attire, the energy was contagious! The Iron Bowl rivalry added an extra layer of excitement to the tailgate. Good-natured banter and friendly competition from cornhole, ladder toss, and more! Our tailgate games brought out the competitive spirit in all of us. A big THANK YOU to the best employees. Your teamwork and enthusiasm are what make our workplace a winning team! Check out our photo album to relive the fun!
Thanksgiving Farmers Market setup outside with boxes of food.

Thanksgiving Farmers Market (Nov 2023)

During the Thanksgiving holidays, the Auburn Housing Authority (AHA) hosted a farmers' market at its Ridgecrest community; 131 families were served. These families showed up, received their Thanksgiving blessings, and felt the warmth of community spirit.
Auburn Staff posing beside Beat Bama Food Drive Donation containers.

Beat Bama Food Drive (Nov 2023)

AHA contributed can goods to the Beat Bama Food Drive to support the Food Bank of East Alabama. AHA is lucky to have the Food Bank as one of its many great partners and is committed to supporting them all.
Female vendor and boy giving a thumbs up at Operation CommUNITY event.

Operation CommUNITY (October 2023)

Operation CommUNITY is our annual event aimed at unifying the community and fostering new relationships. We are delighted to have so many partners and local organizations come together and provide interactive activities and resources for their neighbors. We thank each of you for making Operation CommUNITY a success and can't wait to see you all again next year!
Kardaren Chaney 3rd place poster contest winner

Fire Safety Poster Contest (Oct 2023)

October 8-14, 2023 was Fire Safety Week. The Resident Services hosted a Fire Safety Poster Contest called “ Cooking Safety Starts with You ” . We had 25 poster entrees, the most we have ever had in the past. Our winners were given various amounts of gift cards. 1st place $50, 2 nd place $30 and and 3 rd place $20 in their age category.
All employees, commissioners, and guest posed in front of Christmas tree

Christmas Luncheon (December 2022)

Commissioners, Resident Advisory Board, employees, and guests gathered to enjoy great food and fellowship during the 2022 Christmas Luncheon. Many were recognized for various achievements, an update was provided on 2022 accomplishments, and we all shared many laughs during Dirty Santa.
Iron Bowl Tailgate Group of Employees, Commissioners posing in team gear

Iron Bowl Tailgate (November 2022)

Employees and Commissioners wore their favorite team colors during our Iron Bowl Tailgate. We enjoyed food, games, and music as we celebrated the Auburn vs. Alabama football game!
All employees at annual employee meeting

Annual Employee Meeting (October 2022)

Employees and Commissioners wore their favorite team colors during our Iron Bowl Tailgate. We enjoyed food, games, and music as we celebrated the Auburn vs. Alabama football game!
Group of police officers, employees, and Aubie at Operation CommUnity

Operation CommUNITY (October 2022)

AHA hosted its Operation CommUNITY event on October 17th. The event was about unifying the community and developing new relationships. It was free and open to the public. Community partners were available and provided helpful information regarding resources, programs, and services. Attendees were able to meet and interact with local public safety and community officials. All enjoyed food, games, fellowship, and the live DJ.
Youth smiling and eating snow cones at the tailgate event

RHA Tailgate Event (September 2022)

Roanoke Housing Authority (RHA) hosted a Tailgate Event to celebrate the Handley High School Football Season. The RHA Tailgate included games, food, and snacks. We thank all the residents and community that came out to celebrate with us. We want to thank RHA Commissioner Sarah Nunn, RHA Commissioner Scot Thomason, RHA Board Chairperson Paula Lambert, Roanoke Police Chief Jonathan Caldwell and Lieutenant Mark Farmer, and Roanoke City Councilwoman Tammi Holley for attending. We want to thank Corner One (ESSO Gas Station – Mr. John Glass), WM Grocery (Mr. Mike Parmer), Taco Bell (Ms. Tanektua Weaver), and Walmart Corporation (Store #10863) for their donations toward the success of the RHA Tailgate Event.
Young boy getting his face painted under a tent at the tailgate event

LHA Tailgate Event (September 2022)

LaFayette Housing Authority (LHA) hosted a Tailgate Party to celebrate the Lafayette High School Football Season. The LHA Tailgate included games, food, and snacks. We thank all the residents and community that came out to celebrate with us.
Austin Pearson of LCLC is standing with AHA\'s AJ Harris and the new pop-up wooden bookshelf library for the Ridgecrest Admin Office.

Lee County Literacy Coalition Pop-Up Library in Ridgecrest (September 2022)

Lee County Literacy Coalition (LCLC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing adult literacy programs at no cost to the community. LCLC offers one-to-one tutoring, Family Literacy, ESL Book Club, Financial Literacy workshops, Digital & Workplace Literacy workshops, Health literacy workshops, and much more. Austin Pearson of LCLC gave a presentation to the AHA Team on the importance of identifying literacy needs and tips for dealing with literacy needs. LCLC provided AHA with a Pop-Up Library stationed in the Ridgecrest Admin Office. The Pop-Up Library is stocked with books for all ages. The books are free and can be kept or returned. AHA appreciates LCLC for its partnership and its service to the community. For more information about LCLC, visit their website
Auburn police and AHA Staff are posed with some youth and families that received supplies at the event today.

Auburn Police Department Back to School (September 2022)

Auburn Police Department (APD) collected school supplies leading up to National Night Out to benefit Auburn Housing Authority's (AHA) families. On August 8th, APD Offices and Staff and AHA Team Members set up in Ridgecrest to distribute the collected school supplies and give-a-way popsicles. AHA appreciates our partnership with APD, and we are thankful for their commitment to serving our families and community.
Auburn Housing Authority Staff and Commissioners are posed in front of a brick wall with text \'Wild Bay Seafood and Steak\'

2022 AAHRA Annual Conference (August 2022)

Staff and Commissioners attended the 2022 Alabama Association of Housing and Redevelopment Authorities (AAHRA) Conference in Gulf Shores, AL on August 22 – 24. Commissioners attended training sessions on Commissioner’s roles and responsibilities, state laws impacting PHAs, conducting effective meetings, PHA financials, and more. Staff participated in various training sessions to include but are not limited to HUD reporting requirements, CFP, EPIC and PHA Plans, CDBG/Section 108 funding, resident programs, asset repositioning, and more. All conference attendees thoroughly enjoyed the Scholarship Dinner and Awards Banquet. The Auburn HA received the 2022 Best Practices Award (medium category) for the Food Pantry and Roanoke HA was awarded the Best Practices Award (small category) for its Onsite Farmer’s Market.
Landlord Symposium attendees are seated behind long rectangular tables looking towards the front of the room

AHA Landlord Symposium (July 2022)

“Partnering With Us Has Its Benefits” – The Auburn Housing Authority (AHA) Team hosted a Landlord Symposium at the Auburn Chamber of Commerce on July 14th. The Landlord Symposium aimed to educate, recruit, and retain landlords for Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Tenant-Based Voucher (TBV) program. 30 individuals attended and were composed of current landlords, potential landlords, community partners, and other housing agencies. Attendees learned the HCV program basics, the HCV housing need, and the benefits of participating in the HCV program. Bill Benson (Alabama DHR), LeJasmine Gary (Veteran Affairs), and Andrea Harris (Alabama Rural Coalition for the Homeless) were in attendance to discuss the specialized vouchers we work collaboratively to offer. AHA is committed to providing upward mobility opportunities to our residents/participants. We will continue to take actions that allow us to promote our programs to ensure we can provide opportunities that are accessible to all those we serve.
Young boy is up close and smiling at the camera

RHA Back to School Event (August 2022)

Our RHA Community celebrated the last days of summer, with a fun event filled with free food and back-to-school supplies!