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					Left to Right: James
Gallman AHA Board
Chairman, Gemma
Frock Aiken
Technical College VP
of Education and
Training, Richard
Pearce City Manager,
Ivory Mathews
AHA’s CEO, Sam
Jordan Lower
Savannah Workforce
Development
Administrator,
Lessie Price City
Councilwoman,
Rhonda Ray
Principal North
Aiken Elementary,
Don Wells Mayor
Pro-Tem, Shadie Hall
Director Aiken Head
Start, Frances
Farleyy AHA’s Vice
Chairman.


   “Building Strong Communities With an Exceptional Quality of Life”
                       www.aikenhousing.org
                       www.aikenhousing.tel
                HUD REGION IV
           “Quality of Life Conference”
               Tuesday, July 12, 2011 through Thursday, July 14, 2011
                                  Savannah, Georgia



United States Department of Labor
         Workforce Investment Act Program


United States Department of Agricultural
        Summer Food Service Program


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Corporation for National & Community Service
             AmeriCorps VISTA
                                          HUD REGION IV
                                     “Quality of Life Conference”
                                              Tuesday, July 12, 2011
                                          through Thursday, July 14, 2011
     Ivory N. Mathews                           Savannah, Georgia
    Chief Executive Officer
The Housing Authority of the City of Aiken provides housing, career services and
nutritional programs to over 5,000 families throughout the Aiken Community. Our
services include; Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (875 families), Low Rent Public
Housing (246 families), Workforce Investment Act Employment and Training (1,538
families), Tenant Based Rental Assistance (30 families), Nutritional Breakfast and
Lunch Meals (2,400 children).
CEO:’s Local, State, and National Involvement:
 SC Association of Housing Authority Executive Directors (SCAHAED) - President
 Aiken/Barnwell County Homeless Coalition - Member
 Carolina Council Housing Redevelopment & Codes Officials (CCHRCO) – Board Member
 Public Housing Authorities Director’s Association (PHADA) - Member
 National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) - Emerging Leaders Committee
 Southeastern Regional Council (SERC) of NAHRO - 40 Leaders Under 40                                3
 Southeastern Employment & Training Association (SETA)
 University of South Carolina-Aiken Inclusionary Advisory Committee
 Lower Savannah Workforce Investment Area (LSWIA) Youth Council
 United Way of Aiken Board – Board Member
                                                              Executive Assistant / Human
Director of Operations                                            Resource Manager
                                                                   Chanosha Lawton                                 Director of Finance
     Yvonda Bean
                                                                                                                       Sharon Emel
                         Public Housing
                           Property                        Section 8                WIA           Maintenance
                           Manager                       Administrator           Supervisor        Supervisor
                         Shanicki Byas                    Alethea Levi          Angela Mackie       Vacant


                                                             Re-Exam             Admin. Asst.
   AMERICORPS               Re-Exam                                                                Maintenance           WIA Staff
                                                            Specialist           Rochelle Link
   Vista Volunteer         Specialist                                                               Mechanic            Accountant
                         Jennifer Salmon                    Tara Allen                            Jeffrey Walker        Robbie Cue
    Alexis Wade
                                     S h an ic ki Byas                           Senior Career
                                                            Re-Exam               Dev . Spec.
                                                                                Hope Williamss     Maintenance
                                                           Specialist                                                      Payroll
   AMERICORPS                                                                                       Mechanic
                                                           Victoria Ray                                                  Accountant
   Vista Volunteer                                                                                 James Cole
                                                                                Career Dev .                            Dorene Shaia
   Angela Brow n
                                                                                   Spec.
                                                             Re-Exam
                                                                                Nikema Pryer      Maintenance
                                                            Specialist
                                                          Kristel Thomas                           Mechanic
                                                                                                  Michael Rice          Accountant
   AMERICORPS                                                                    Career Dev .                          Randi Eubanks
   Vista Volunteer                                                                  Spec.
   Bartisa Maston                                           Occupancy            Gail Danley
                                                            Specialist                            Maintenance
                                                         Jearlene Moseley                           Mechanic
                                                                                                  Ernest Collins        Work Control
   AMERICORPS                                                                     Career Dev .
                                                                                                                         Coordinator
   Vista Volunteer                                                                   Spec.
                                                                                                                        Micheal Viera
       Makeia                                                                    Dalton Shealy
     Hammonds                                               Inspector                             Maintenance
                                                            Dan Bow e                              Mechanic
                                                                                 Career Dev .
                                                                                     Spec.
                                                                                Alex Villalobos
                                                                                                      Harry
                                                                                                  Hallingquest                           4
                                                                                  Career Dev .
                                                                                     Spec.
                                                                                  Debra Chitty


                                                                                 Career Dev .
                                                                                   Spec.
                                                                                  Earl Rice
                                      Aiken Housing Authority
Quick Facts:

1. 1937 SC State enabling legislation…,
city’s/counties were given the authority to create
public housing authorities as chartered state not
for profit entities.

2. The Housing Authority of the City of Aiken is the
7th Housing Authority formed in the State of
South Carolina. AHA established May 20,
1940.

3. Aiken County 160,000 Population




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Snap Shot of Services




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    United States Department of Labor
     Workforce Investment Act / Job Training Program
The Housing Authority of the City of Aiken (AHA) has been a service provider
and One-Stop Career Center partner in Aiken County since 1999. AHA
partners with government, for-profit, not-for-profit and faith based
organizations in providing superior re-employment/employment services to
job seekers in Aiken County, South Carolina. AHA’s motto is the “Facilitation
of Exceptional Careers for Everyone”. Over the last eight (8) years AHA
has provided over 4,300 Adults, Dislocated Workers and Youth with
valuable career skills through obtaining General Equivalency Diplomas
(GEDs), High School Diplomas, Short-term Prevocational Training, Basic
Skills Training, Occupational Skills Training, Work Experience, On-the-
Job Training, Career Counseling and Job Placement.
                          Workforce Investment Act Job Training & Employment Grant Awarded
                              (all funded by the Lower Savannah Workforce Investment Area)
                                                                                                    Award
                                       PROGRAM                                     Years Funded
                                                                                                   Amount
                                       Welfare to Work                             1999 - 2001    $1,108,230
                       Youth (including $174,953 ARRA 2009 funds)                  2002 - 2010    $2,096,355
                        Adult (including $209,666 ARRA 2009 funds)                 2004 - 2010    $2,380,732   7
                 Dislocated Workers (including $344,383 ARRA 2009 funds)           2004 - 2010    $2,569,571
           Dislocated Workers (Graniteville Mills Only & Rapid Response Funding)   2006 - 2010    $1,566,000
                                                                                         TOTAL    $9,720,888
     United States Department of Labor
     Workforce Investment Act / Job Training Program
Where does the funding come from?
 Federally – United States Department of Labor
 State – SC Department of Employment & Workforce (SCDEW)

The SCDEW receives funds from the USDOL Employment and Training
Division. These funds are issued in the form of block grants to the local
Workforce Investment Boards (12 in SC).

 Locally – Lower Savannah Workforce Investment Area

The Lower Savannah Workforce Investment Board (LSWIB) through
the form of a competitive procurement process enters into a contract
with entities to provide career counseling and the facilitation of          8
training services to Adults, Dislocated Workers and Youth.
WIA Grant Historical
     Funding




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WIA Participant Slot Levels




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WIA Enrollment




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                  WIA Enrollment
      Section 8/ Public Housing Families
How many Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program
participants are Enrolled in the Program?
 AHA Serves 875 Families. Eighty three (83) individuals are
  enrolled in the WIA Program.
 Length of residency = 4.5 years

How many Low Rent Public Housing Tenants are enrolled in
the WIA Program?

 AHA has 246 public housing units. Twenty-seven (27) participants   12
  are enrolled in the WIA Program.
 Length of residency = 4.5 years
 WIA Historical
Performance Data




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   WIA Awards & Recognition
The Housing Authority of the City of Aiken (AHA) has been one of the
most successful employment and training programs in the state of
South Carolina and is proud of the accomplishments program
participants have received, as a result of AHA’s WIA Program efforts.

AHA ‘s WIA Participants receives regional and state awards.

     WIA
                                           RECOGNITION
 PARTICIPANT
Lamont Brannon       2009 LSWIA Regional Dislocated Worker Alumni Award
Courtney Broxton     2009 LSWIA Regional Youth Alumni Award
Stephanie Williams   2008 SC Dept. of Employment & Workforce Adult Alumni Award
Kirby Williams       2008 LSWIA Regional Youth Alumni Award
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         Courtney Broxton is a Low Rent Public Housing Participant
   WIA Participants
Successful Completions




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WIA Participant Opens
Dog Grooming Business
          In 2008, Stacey Fincher entered AHA’s WIA
          Program as a Dislocated Worker. Prior to Ms.
          Finch’s entry into the WIA Program her career
          mostly comprised of jobs in the automobile
          industry where she worked as a Title Search Clerk.
          Her wages ranged from $10 to $12 an hour. Ms.
          Finch also worked as an Accounting Clerk, but was
          unable to find employment due to not having a
          degree and the dwindling job opportunities in the
          automobile industry. Ms. Fincher’s goal was to
          become an entrepreneur and capitalize on a dream
          of becoming a Dog Groomer. In December of 2008
          Mrs. Finch obtained a certificate in Dog Grooming
          from the South Carolina School of Dog Grooming in
          Irmo, SC. The extensive grooming course plan
          included 360 hours (12 weeks) of coursework.
          AHA is proud to announce that Mrs. Fincher is
          Owner and Operator of the Palmetto Pups
          Grooming and Boarding located in Langley,            16
          South Carolina. Ms. Finchers report an average
          hourly wage of $25.00.
 AHA’s WIA Program & the
Quick Jobs Carolina Initiative




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         WIA Program
Participant Average Earnings




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                   United States Department of Agricultural
  Summer Food Service Program
        What is the
Summer Food Service Program?
   “Food That’s In When School is Out”

During the school year, many children receive free and reduced-price
breakfast and lunch through the School Breakfast and National School Lunch
Programs. What happens when school lets out? Hunger is one of the most
severe roadblocks to the learning process. Lack of nutrition during the
summer months may set up a cycle for poor performance once school begins
again. Hunger also may make children more prone to illness and other health
issues. The Summer Food Service Program is designed to fill that nutrition
gap and make sure children can get the nutritious meals they need.
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                        Retrieved from: http://www.summerfood.usda.gov/
United States Department of Agricultural
                      Summer Food Service Program
Where does the funding come from?
 Federally – United States Department of Agricultural
 State – SC Department of Social Services

State education agencies administer the program in most States. In some areas, the State health
or social service department or an FNS regional office may be designated. Locally, SFSP is run
by approved sponsors, including school districts, local government agencies, camps, or private
nonprofit organizations. Sponsors provide free meals to a group of children at a central site,
such as a school or a community center. They receive payments from USDA, through their State
agencies, for the meals they serve.


In the state of South Carolina the SC Department of Social Services is
the administrative entity and sponsors are approved to operate the
program in the their local communities.                                                           21
     United States Department of Agricultural
         Summer Food Service Program
The Housing Authority of the City of Aiken (AHA) has operated the Summer
Food Service Program since 2007. Funds are received from the SC
Department of Social Services. AHA partners with government, for-profit,
not-for-profit and faith based organizations in providing free and nutritional
breakfast and lunch meals to school aged children during the summer
months.
 24,683 Students in Aiken County Schools / 51% qualify to receive free/reduced breakfast
  and/or lunch.

    SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM STATISTICS
      NO#              BREAKFAST                                 LUNCH
             DAYS OF
YEAR   OF                                                                        TOTAL
           OPERATIONS Daily  Total
                                                           Daily
                                                                       Total
     SITES           Average                              Average

2010       49           39           1,115      43,485      1,392     54,288     97,773
2009       60           39            929       36,231      1,362     53,118     89,349     22
2008       75           39           3,242     126,438      3,920     152,880 279,318
2007       60           59           1,456      85,904      1,558     91,922 177,826
                     Corp for National & Community Service
                 AmeriCorps VISTA
                What is an AmeriCorps VISTA?
AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to
fight poverty. Founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965 and
incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993, VISTA has
been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in America for more than
40 years.




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     Retrieved from: http://www.americorps.gov/about/programs/vista.asp
  Corporation for National & Community Service
                                    AmeriCorps VISTA
Where does the funding come from?
 Federally – Corporation for National & Community Service
 State – Corporation State Office
The applicant must: (a). Be a public sector organization or a private organization designated as non-
profit by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). (Organizations that have submitted applications for non-
profit status from the IRS will also be considered.) (b). Comply with applicable financial and fiscal
requirements established by the Corporation for National Service or other elements of the Federal
Government. (c). Have resources available for AmeriCorps*VISTA members to perform their tasks; i.e.,
space, consumable supplies, telephone, on-the-job transportation reimbursement; and be able to
provide emergency cash advances when needed. (d). Be able to mobilize community, public, and
private sector resources to achieve short-term program goals and long-term project self-sufficiency
goals, and to encourage local part-time volunteer service. (e). Have the capacity and commitment to
recruit, orient, train, supervise, and otherwise support locally and nationally-recruited
AmeriCorps*VISTA members in appropriate capacity building roles. (f). Have an understanding of the
concept of, and be committed to, promoting national service and AmeriCorps. (g). Be experienced in
the issues related to the beneficiaries of service and those being addressed by the proposed project.
(h). Have the capacity to build community partnerships and collaborative efforts in order to achieve     24
project self-sufficiency.
 Corporation for National & Community Service
                                 AmeriCorps VISTA
Who are the contacts for my state?
In the state of South Carolina         In the state of North Carolina
Cathy Sharp, State Director            Betty J. Platt, State Director
Federal Building                       Federal Bldg, PO Century Station
835 Assembly Street, Suite 872         300 Fayetteville Street, Room 414
Columbia, SC                           Raleigh, NC 27601
sc@cns.gov                             nc@cns.gov
803. 765.5771                          919.856.4733




 Aiken Housing Authority’s partners with its non profit affiliate
  (Community Development & Improvement Corporation)                        25
                                    BENEFITS TO PARTICIPATING

     Corporation for National & Community Service
                              AmeriCorps VISTA
AmeriCorps VISTA covers the cost of a series of benefits and services for the
AmeriCorps VISTA members and your organization.

1.  A Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or post-service stipend.
    a.   Education Award = $5,550
    b.   Post Service Award = $1,500
2. Health coverage for all members assigned to your project - approximately $2,700 per
    member.
3. Payroll services: Members receive their paychecks directly from AmeriCorps VISTA.
4. Training in project management and leadership for members and project supervisor.
5. Travel costs associated with training. Moving allowance for members relocating to
    serve.
6. Liability coverage for all members, under the Federal Employees Compensation Act
    and the Federal Torts Claims Act.
7. Child care for income-eligible members.
8. FICA                                                                                  26
9. Assistance with recruiting members.
10. Estimated total contribution: $10,000
                                  BENEFITS TO PARTICIPATING

  Corporation for National & Community Service
                             AmeriCorps VISTA
2011 Award
 3 AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates
 3 Cost Share
 3 Regular
                                             70 Day Assignment

2010 Award                                $1,200 Educational Award
 10 AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates
 3 Cost Share
 3 Regular
                                               $400 Stipend

2009 Award
 10 AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates
 3 Cost Share
 3 Regular
 5 ARRA Members

2008 Award                                                           27
 15 AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates
 5 Regular
Question and Answer Sessions?!?!


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             1.888.490.4458
                     Alethea Levi
                     Aiken Housing Management Team

				
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