For the Stakeholders in the Renaissance of the Paul A. Diggs Neighborhood
No. 32 May 20, 2002
Fresh start begins for Dakota Park Apartments (Story on Page 2)
ON THE INSIDE……..
Dakota Park Apartments – Page 2
Lake Ridge Homes Pictures
LHA Employment Opportunities – Page 3
HOPE VI Student Honored
The Developer’s Corner – Page 4
Magnolia Pointe – Page 5
Resident Services – Page 6
Family Self-Sufficiency – Page 7
Summer Program Spotlight – Page 9
Upcoming Events – Page 10
A Fresh Start for
Dakota Park Apartments
The partial demolition and remodeling of Dakota Park Apartments is in full
swing. Below you will see pictures that were taken on Monday, May 13,
No More Lake Ridge
Trees and fencing are the only remaining signs of what once was Lake
Ridge Homes. But for the families who have resided at Lake Ridge
during the past 50 years, their special memories will last forever.
LAKELAND HOUSING AUTHORITY
Administrative Assistant: Reports to and provides clerical and administrative
support to top-level administrator. Real estate experience a plus. $23,400 -
For further information and/or to apply, contact: Linda Vitale, Lakeland Housing Authority
Post Office Box 1009, (430 Hartsell Avenue South), Lakeland, Florida 33802-1009
Telephone: (863) 687-2911 Ext. 243 or fax (863) 682-1226 or via e-mail to:
Excellent benefits included. Completion of LHA application required.
We offer a drug-free workplace.
LHA Student Honored By Kiwanis Club
Joshua proudly displays his “straight A”
On Thursday, May 9, 2002, The Kiwanis Club of Lakeland held their 40th
annual Honors Night Banquet to honor select students for their
outstanding academic achievement. Among the seven students who were
selected from Blake Elementary School was LHA youth resident, Joshua
Glisson. Joshua escorted his mother, Kathy Glisson, to the banquet
which was held at the Lakeland Yacht and Country Club. The welcome
and opening remarks were rendered by Matthew Cantrall, President of
the Kiwanis Club of Lakeland. The speakers of the evening were David
and Jean Bunch. Joshua received a certificate as a part of the Kiwanis
Club “A Terrific Kid” program for his “straight A” report cards. He also
assisted with the awards presentations to high school senior students
from George W. Jenkins High School, The Lois Cowles Harrison Center
for the Visual and Performing Arts, Kathleen Senior High School, Lake
Gibson High School, Lakeland High School, and McKeel Academy of
Dear HOPE VI Community:
This month’s updates with regard to development activities for HOPE VI are listed
below. For further information, please contact Sharon Tucker, The Communities
Group at (863) 687-2911, Ext. 247.
DAKOTA PARK APARTMENTS: Renovation of the Dakota Park Apartments
began on March 25. All forty units are now vacant, and interior demolition is 90%
complete. Construction of the new building, which will contain a community
center and two handicapped-accessible apartments, will begin in May. We
anticipate that the first building will be ready for re-occupancy by October.
WASHINGTON RIDGE RENAISSANCE: The demolition of the 380 on-site units
began in March. Removal of materials containing lead-based paint or asbestos is
complete, and all of the buildings at Lake Ridge have been demolished. About
50% of the buildings at Washington Park are demolished as well. After
demolition is complete, we will begin the site work: new streets, new curbs and
sidewalks, and new utility systems. The parties are negotiating with the City of
Lakeland-Department of Public Works and the Florida Department of
Transportation on various site design features, including location of curb cuts,
design of curbs, and turning radii. In April, we sent the Mixed-Finance proposal
for the 196 rental units to HUD, in hopes of a closing on the financing in late June
or early July.
MAGNOLIA POINTE: The first eighteen units of three-bedrooms are scheduled
to be ready for occupancy by mid-July. The purchase price of these units will be
affordable to low-income households and for other eligible, qualified first-time
home purchasers. Financial assistance is available. Sharon Tucker is
preparing the first set of purchasers for condo ownership. Watch for the
announcement of Magnolia Pointe’s Grand Opening!
ADVANTAGES OF HOMEOWNERSHIP: If you are planning to buy a home, you
probably have good reasons in mind. Some of the major advantages are listed
• A place to call your own
• Financial advantages
• Scheduled savings Homebuyer’s Educational
• Stable housing costs Fair, Sat., June 15, 2002
• Tax benefits Tampa Convention
• Increased value Center
Building No. 1 on Westside of Building No. 2 on Westside of
Unitah Avenue is olive in color. Unitah Avenue.
Kitchen inside of building no. 3. Building No. 3 on Westside of
Unitah Avenue is gold in color.
These buildings are all located on the eastside of Unitah Avenue. They are in the
mid-stage of remodeling.
WATCH FOR THE
GRAND OPENING OF
IT’S SOON TO COME!
The Lakeland Housing Authority CSS case managers continue to provide
services at the agency’s recently established satellite office site at the
Polk Works One-Stop Center in Lakeland. Every Tuesday, Wednesday,
and Thursday, from 8:00 a.m. until 12 noon, on a rotating schedule, Dee
Roberts, Theresa Stewart and Sheila Scott serve LHA and other One-
Stop clients with matters that relate to LHA’s Resident Services
Department. Plans are being made to assign a Section 8 counselor to the
center to work with the Welfare-to-Work (WTW) voucher program clients.
“The One-Stop Center is a place where everyone who needs social
services comes to; therefore, it will help LHA to better serve residents of
LHA; especially those who are HOPE VI and FSS participants,” stated
Earl Haynes, LHA Resident Services Director.
Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University (FAMU), a historically Black
university, has expressed interest in contracting with LHA for the purpose
of evaluating and monitoring our HOPE VI CSS Program. The contract
and scope of work is currently being reviewed by LHA. Contract approval
is anticipated in the near future.
The CSS staff continues to make improvements to intensify its supportive
services and case management activities. During the past five (5)
months, Dee Roberts has served as CSS Teamleader. She has been
overseeing the day-to-day service and progress of the CSS case
managers. The department says “Thank You” to Ms. Roberts for a job
well done. After 9-months of personnel search, Kurt Bradley has been
hired as the new Resident Services Manager. He will officially begin his
employment with LHA on May 20, 2002. His office is located at the CSS
Westlake office (No. 57). We encourage LHA residents to stop in at the
CSS office and welcome him to the neighborhood!
Family Self-Sufficiency welcomes two new participants: Darrell Anderson and
Brenda Tillman. Mr. Anderson is employed by the Lakeland Housing
Authority. Darrell is a graduate of the LHA Step-Up Program. Ms. Tillman is
currently working at the Lakeland Ledger on a temporary assignment. Brenda
hopes to one day be employed in a permanent marketing/writing position.
Congratulations to Veronica Catholic! Ms. Catholic recently graduated from
Florida Career Institute. Veronica was immediately employed after graduation
in the area of medical office technology. FSS proudly salutes Rhonda Payne
for enrolling in classes at West Area Adult School. Ms. Payne is trying to make
a career change after being diagnosed with a heart condition.
Best wishes are extended to Sherry Bowers upon her successful completion of
the FSS Program. Sherry recently received a final disbursement from her
escrow account. This former participant is currently employed by IHS of
Lakeland at Oakbridge. She is pictured below with Earl Haynes, LHA Resident
Services Director, as he presents here final disbursement check to her.
For further information, please contact Shirley Shabazz, FSS Coordinator at
(863) 687-2911, Ext. 226.
Sherry Bowers smiles as she receives her check from Earl Haynes.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!!
In an effort to continue to provide our newsletter “Community Building” to
readers who enjoy and benefit from it and to update our mailing address
database, we need your help! Please contact us to confirm that you would
like to continue to receive this newsletter and to provide us with any address
changes, etc. If we do not hear from you, we will no longer send you a
newsletter beginning in July 2002.
If you would prefer to receive this newsletter via e-mail, please provide your
e-mail address to Cynthia Zorn-Shaw at (863) 687-2911 Ext. 287 or via e-
mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember, if we don’t hear from
you, your name will be removed from our newsletter mailing list.
Visit the new Lakeland Housing Web-Pages at
www.lakelandhousing.org. It offers information for the viewer
on LHA properties, policies and contact information. And now
there are MORE PICTURES for our readers to enjoy. There
are also links for you to other services and agencies in Polk
County and the websites they have hosted. If you are an adult
new to the computer, ask your child for some help. Web
access will soon be available at Cecil Gober for the seniors and
at Westlake for LHA residents. Call Cynthia at 687-2911 ext.
287 for information about the computer rooms as they are
Summer is fast approaching. For some working parents, this means finding
affordable, quality summer programs for their children. If you are a parent who
has an older child, you can save money by letting them stay at home alone, but
you should consider “is it safe” and “most of all is it legal”. Before making this
decision, check with your local Children and Family Services office to find out
the State of Florida guidelines for leaving children “home alone”. Ask the C&F
representative to provide you with a brochure or other written documentation for
your records. Especially in a case where the older child will be responsible for
caring for the younger child(ren).
Below is a partial listing of summer program providers:
Lakeland Housing Authority Youth Services Summer Program: Located at
the WestLake Homes Youth Center and Paul Colton Homes Community
Center, this adult supervised summer program will offer structured arts and
crafts, educational, field trips, free lunch program, and other activities for ages 6
–16 years old. Program dates: June 3 – July 26, 2002. Program hours: 10:00
a.m. - 6:00 p.m. for ages 6-12; 12 noon – 6 p.m. for ages 13 – 16. For further
information contact Rodney Ford at (863) 687-2911 Ext. 276.
Girls Inc. of Lakeland: The Lakeland Optimist Branch located at LHA’s
Bonnet Shores is currently enrolling girls in grades 1 - 8 for its summer
program. This program is available to girls residing at Bonnet Shores and
within the Paul A. Diggs Neighborhood and the cost is based on household
income. Space is limited in this adult supervised summer program which will
offer a variety of structured indoor and outdoor fun-filled and educational
activities. Program dates: May 28 – July 26, 2002. Program hours: M-F 7:30
a.m. – 5:45 p.m. For further information contact Kay Harris-Fields at (863)
City of Lakeland Parks & Recreation: Camp B.L.A.S.T. (Bundles of
Laughter, Activities, Swimming & Trips) for a summer exploding with fun and
excitement! This youth enrichment program is designed specifically for
elementary age children who are Northwest Quandrant residents. Activities
include arts & crafts, sports, games, special events, parties, and weekly field
trips at the Simpson Park Community Center and Lincoln Avenue Academy.
Enrollment is limited in this adult supervised summer program. Program dates:
June 3 – July 26, 2002. Program hours: M-F 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. For further
information call (863) 603-6287.
May 21 – Last day of school for students of (non-yearly) Polk County Schools
May 22 – NAACP Meeting – Coleman-Bush Building, 1104 MLK Jr., Avenue, Lakeland –
May 23 - Tampa Housing Authority/HUD Homebuyer’s Educational Fair registration
deadline. For further information call (863) 687-2911 Ext. 283 or Ext. 287.
June 3 - Westlake Residents’ Meeting - Westlake Community Room - 5:30 p.m.
June 4 - John Wright Residents’ Meeting - John Wright Community Room - 5:30 p.m.
June 5 - LHA’s Partners/Volunteers Appreciation Breakfast – 4-Points Sheraton-8:30
June 10 - LHA’s Board of Commissioners meeting - LHA Boardroom - 6:30 p.m.
June 11 – Homebuyers’ Club meeting, LHA Boardroom – 6:30 p.m.
June 19 - Homeless Coalition of Polk County meeting - 835 Kentucky Av., N., Lakeland -
June 15 - Tampa Housing Authority/HUD Homebuyers’ Educational Fair at the Tampa
Convention Center, 333 Franklin Street South, Tampa, FL– 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
June 26 – NAACP Meeting – Coleman-Bush Building, 1104 MLK Jr., Avenue, Lakeland –
July 1 - Westlake Residents’ Meeting - Westlake Community Room - 5:30 p.m.
July 2 - John Wright Residents’ Meeting - John Wright Community Room - 5:30 p.m.
July 4 - All LHA offices will be closed in observance of Independence Day.
July 8 - LHA’s Board of Commissioners meeting - LHA Boardroom - 6:30 p.m.
July 9 - LHA’s Homebuyers Club - LHA Boardroom - 6:30 p.m.
July 17 - Homeless Coalition of Polk County meeting - 835 Kentucky Av., N., Lakeland -
July 24 – NAACP Meeting – Coleman-Bush Building, 1104 MLK Jr., Avenue, Lakeland –
LHA WEEKLY RESIDENTS’ ACTIVITIES
LHA Senior Games are held every Monday from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Cecil
Gober Villas Community Center. All seniors are invited and encouraged to attend!
LHA Y.E.A. Club meets every Monday from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the WestLake Youth
Center. All youth are invited and encouraged to become club members!
If you have information for this newsletter or special events in your community,
agency, or organization, please contact Cynthia Zorn-Shaw at 687-2911 Ext. 287 or
write to her at:: CZornShaw@LakelandHousing.org
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ATTENTION: ALL RESIDENTS OF
LAKELAND HOUSING AUTHORITY
Do you want to be THE BOSS instead
of reporting to THE BOSS?
Does the title President, CEO (Chief Executive
Officer) or Owner look good after
Do YOU want to determine the amount of
If you answered
YES! YES! YES!
WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!
All Lakeland Housing Authority Residents who are
interested in learning how to start-up and operate a
successful business of their own, contact
Marvin Anthony at (863) 686-1317.
DON’T LET THIS OPPORTUNITY PASS YOU BY!
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City of Lakeland LAKELAND, FL
Post Office Box 1009 PERMIT NO. 258
Lakeland, Florida 33802-1009
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