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#HousersAtWork Stories


Public housing agencies (PHAs) of all sizes are responding to the COVID-19 health crisis while continuing to house families and provide platforms for opportunity. NAHRO’s #HousersAtWork campaign shows how much our PHA members do for their residents and communities – especially during this pandemic. 

This page is a rolling archive of the stories that we’re sharing. For more information on the campaign and how you can share your stories, visit www.nahro.org/news/housersatwork-phas-responding-to-covid-19/.

Questions about the campaign? Please contact Sylvia Gimenez or Libby Leyden.

The Housing Authority of Elgin

Starting this week, the Housing Authority of Elgin will accept letters to Santa from youth residents. Letters sent from the special mailbox receive a reply from Santa in time for the holidays.

Housing Authority of the City of Elizabeth

For Thanksgiving, staff from the Housing Authority of the City of Elizabeth partnered with Community Food Bank of New Jersey to host a free turkey distribution for residents. 

Philadelphia Housing Authority

Philadelphia Housing Authority brought hundreds of Thanksgiving meals to the community in partnership with Daily Dove Care, Unity In The Community, and Philly’s Favor 100.7.

Fresno Housing Authority

The Fresno Housing Authority hosted a “We are thankful for…” event for residents to join the virtual event to show their Thanksgiving art for the chance to win a prize!

Gainesville Housing Authority

To help bridge the digital divide, the Gainesville Housing Authority partnered with the University of Florida to launch the Tech4Success pilot program. Participating students living in public housing will receive a MacBook, tech support, and a tutor.

Housing Authority Birmingham District

Just in time for the holiday next week, Housing Authority Birmingham District staff were able to give residents turkeys (plus the fixings) to cook for Thanksgiving dinner thanks in part to a donation from HABD’s Council President Advisory Board!

Fort Wayne Housing Authority

It’s officially fall! Fort Wayne Housing Authority partnered with NeighborLink FW to offer free leaf raking services all season to senior residents!

Housing Authority of the City of Tulsa

Thanks to the Housing Authority of the City of Tulsa who partnered with the local Sheriff’s Office to allow residents to get to play afternoon games of basketball and form relationships with law enforcement.

Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency 

On Veterans Day we’d like to recognize Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency for unveiling brand new affordable housing units for homeless veterans in Nashville!

City of Phoenix Housing Department

City of Phoenix Housing Department staff are keeping residents healthy by partnering with Maricopa County Public Health, Native Health Phoenix, and The Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation to offer free flu shot and Covid-19 tests.

Minneapolis Public Housing Authority

Thanks to the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority staff who handed out essential items, such as toilet paper and hand sanitizer to residents with the assistance of a grant from the Pohlad Family Foundation.

Chicago Housing Authority

Chicago Housing Authority staff packed up and distributed resident care packages filled with PPE, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies to help keep people prepared during the coronavirus pandemic.

Auburn Housing Authority

Auburn Housing Authority is helping residents get tested for Covid-19 by offering free, rapid testing this month.

Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis

Thanks to the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis partnering with Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center a series of youth health summits are set for this month. Food, prizes, and fun competitions will be offered at each event!

Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency

Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency and Mutual Housing California began construction on Lavender Courtyard – 52 units of affordable housing to meet the needs of seniors in the Sacramento community.

High Point Housing Authority

High Point Housing Authority staff continue to find creative ways to serve residents during the pandemic, including offering housing assistance, nonperishable food items, and on-site COVID-19 testing.

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