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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…….. COVER STORY Dakota Park Apartments – Page 2 Lake Ridge Homes Pictures FEATURES 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, 2002. 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. -2- LAKELAND HOUSING AUTHORITY EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES Administrative Assistant: Reports to and provides clerical and administrative support to top-level administrator. Real estate experience a plus. $23,400 - $32,240. 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: LVitale@LakelandHousing.org Excellent benefits included. Completion of LHA application required. We offer a drug-free workplace. AA/EO/M/F/D/V. LHA Student Honored By Kiwanis Club Joshua proudly displays his “straight A” report card. 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 Applied Technology. -3- 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 below: • 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 -4- Magnolia Pointe 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 MAGNOLIA POINTE! IT’S SOON TO COME! -5- KURT BRADLEY 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! -6- 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. -7- 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 developed. -8- SUMMER PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT 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 st th 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) 682-3002. 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. -9- MAY 2002 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 – 7 p.m. 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 2002 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 a.m. 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 - 8:30 a.m. 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 – 7 p.m. JULY 2002 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 - 8:30 a.m. July 24 – NAACP Meeting – Coleman-Bush Building, 1104 MLK Jr., Avenue, Lakeland – 7 p.m. 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 - 10 - 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 YOUR NAME? Do YOU want to determine the amount of YOUR PAYCHECK? 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! - 11 - PRSRT STD Housing Authority of the U.S. POSTAGE PAID City of Lakeland LAKELAND, FL Post Office Box 1009 PERMIT NO. 258 Lakeland, Florida 33802-1009 - 12 -
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