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Useful News from the Vancouver Housing Authority and the Clark County Resident Council
August 2009 Volume 9 Issue 6

Inside this Issue
Free Summer Lunch Program

Columbia River Crossing begins Tolling Study & Recommends Light Rail Route
Planning continues on long-term, comprehensive solution to I-5 transportation problems.
This summer, the Columbia River Crossing project (CRC) is studying options to fund light rail, the I-5 bridge replacement, and improvements to the highway and path for bicyclists and pedestrians. Funds will come from federal and state governments and bridge tolls. CRC needs YOUR input on tolling. A survey will be available in late summer. Comments are welcome any time.

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Foreclosures and Section 8 “Soak Up the Sun”

Tour the waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge Pets in Public Housing: a reminder Resident Advisory Board: advising the VHA and looking for members! FREE Summer Youth Program Free Movies Free Summer Concerts RISE & STARS Community Center Happenings Play & Learn

For information about the tolling study, visit:
Working with a local advisory group, CRC is selecting a light rail route for Vancouver. They have recommended that trains travel north on Broadway and south on Washington. At McLoughlin Boulevard, trains would travel east/ west to and from a station near Clark College. Construction could begin in 2012.




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Free Classes for Job Seekers
If you’re looking for work and feel you could use a little help, this might be just the thing. VHA and Clark College have teamed up to provide some classes on this subject: Recognizing your Strengths: What are you good at? What do your life and work experience give you that an employer might want? Come find out! We’ll walk through the steps to put together a dynamite resume and application. Interviewing: How do you answer those tough questions? How do you talk about a spotty job record? What should you wear?!? Hear from the experts about these topics and more. Experienced instructors from Clark College will be the teachers. Each class will be two hours long. Classes will be held at the RISE & STARS Community Center on August 11 and 13 in the evening . If you are interested, call the Community Center at 737-2950. Child care will be provided.

Vancouver Housing Authority 694-2501 RISE & STARS Community Center 737-2950 VHA Maintenance 694-4506 Visit VHA on the web @

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Free Summer Lunch Program
The Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation Department will again sponsor the Summer Food Service Program for children. Meals will be available at no charge to children less than 19 years of age. Meals will be provided at the following sites. All meals are available without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. For details, please contact Teresa Williamson at 360-487-7060. Fruit Valley Elementary School 3410 NW Fruit Valley Road Hough Elementary School 1900 Daniels Street Image Elementary School 4400 NE 122nd Ave. Minnehaha Elementary School 2800 NE 54th Street Sarah J Anderson Elem. School 2215 NE 104th Street Vancouver Housing Authority RISE & STARS Community Ctr. 500 Omaha Way Noon—1 p.m. Washington Elementary School 2908 S Street Walnut Grove Elementary School 6103 NE 72nd Ave. Marshall Center Youth Day Camp 1009 E McLoughlin Blvd.

Pets in Public Housing: a reminder
Remember, there are guidelines about what kind and how many pets you may have if you live in Low Rent Public Housing. Permission for pets depends on how well you’ve cared for pets and your unit in the past. You must have permission from your property manager to keep a pet unless it’s fish or small birds. Only small dogs and cats are allowed. You will have to pay a pet deposit and certify that your pet is healthy and has its shots. If your pet makes trouble or causes damage, it is your responsibility, even if you aren’t there when it happens. In order to have a pet, you have to sign an agreement with your property manager. Call her for more information. Section 8 landlords have their own rules. If you want to have a pet, check your lease or talk to your landlord.

Foreclosures and Section 8
In May, Congress passed a new law that protects Section 8 tenants. If the property you live in is foreclosed on, the new owner has to give you 90 days notice to move. If you have a lease, the new owner has to let you live there until the end of your lease unless the new owner wants to live in the property. If the new owner wants to live in the property then they have to give you 90 days notice to move. If you learn that the property you live in is being foreclosed and you have questions, you can call your Eligibility Specialist for help.

“Soak Up the Sun”
Explore the power of the sun to create energy and make art

Saturday August 8th 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Free, fun, family events and exhibits on the 2nd Saturday of every month at the City of Vancouver's Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, 360-487-7115, open 9-5 Mon. - Sat.

Resident Advisory Board: advising the VHA and looking for members!
The Resident Advisory Board is busy working with VHA staff to provide input to the VHA 2010 Annual Plan. The RAB is still looking for new members. We really need representatives from families with children in the home. We know you’re busy, but if you can make one meeting a month, you’ll be glad you did. Child care and refreshments provided If you ask good questions, listen well, and want to make VHA housing the best it can be, you are welcome to apply. Call 737-2950 to ask questions or request an application.

Tour the Waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge
Wednesday, August 26th 9:00 AM—5:00 PM
- Adults only Transportation provided; bring your own lunch. Call Sharon at 992-0205 to reserve a seat.

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FREE Summer Youth Program RISE & STARS Community Center July 6th—August 15th
Hours: 12:00 noon—5:00 PM Free Lunch Program: 12:00 noon—1:00 PM 500 Omaha Way in Vancouver; Call 737-2950 to sign up
What’s happening: Youth will be participating in an excellent mix of activities. There will be field trips, arts and crafts, games, sports and more. Who it’s for: Open to youth aged 6-18 living in VHA Section 8 and Low Rent housing. (Please make sure that children are listed on your lease.) The program is not appropriate for children under 6, or those who have not completed kindergarten. How to sign up: Complete a registration form at the front desk. Without a form, we will not be able to serve your child!! Lunch: FREE to anyone under 19. Adults may purchase a lunch at a low rate. Reserve your lunch! Each day, call 737-2950 before 10:30 a.m. & leave a message with the names of everyone who will be eating lunch (you can call the night before, too!) Attendance: Please remember This is a drop-in program and children may come and go at will. Keep your children at home if they have any condition that would normally exclude them from school (i.e. fever, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, or head lice). It is very helpful if you notify us when your child will be absent and/or not eating lunch that day. Behavior expectations: We have three expectations at the Center: 1. Respect yourself, others and your environment, 2. Be safe, and 3. Always reach for the stars (do your best.) Staff will work with youth to help them succeed. There may be times when your child’s behavior does not meet the expectations; this can prevent them from attending a field trip or participating in an activity. We will help your child understand how he/she can do better next time. In the event that we determine that it is best for your child to go home for the rest of the day, we will let the parents know. We may need to talk about your child’s behavior with you, so that we can work together to make sure they have a great summer. Field trips: The registration form includes a permission slip to transport your child on field trips. Children will sign themselves up for field trips with the front desk. Your child’s behavior will determine if he/ she will go on a field trip. Please note: State law requires that some children use booster seats or car seats with harnesses. We care about your children’s safety, and will not take your child on a field trip without the appropriate seat. We have a limited number of available seats. Questions? Want to know more about our exciting summer youth program? We have a fact sheet explaining these items and more. They are available at the Community Center front desk. You can also call Kathi at 737-2950. She will be happy to talk to you about summer!

Free Movies
1101 SE 160th Avenue, Vancouver
August 4 – August 6 Igor (PG)

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Journey To The Center Of The Earth (PG) August 11 – August 13 Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium (G) Bee Movie (PG) August 18 – August 20 Mr. Bean’s Holiday (G) Alvin And The Chipmunks (PG)

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9010 NE Highway 99, Vancouver August 4 – August 6 Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium (G) Bee Movie (PG) August 11 – August 13 Mr. Bean’s Holiday (G) Alvin And The Chipmunks (PG) August 18 – August 20 Space Chimps (G) Madagascar 2: Escape To Africa (PG)

Free Summer Concerts
Concerts are held at Esther Short park on 8th Street and Columbia Street in downtown Vancouver.

Six to Sunset Concerts
August 6—The Beatniks August 13—Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts Concerts 6:00—8:00 PM.

Noon Concerts
August 5—Key Of Dreams August 12—Misty Mamas Concerts noon—1:00 PM.

RISE & STARS Community Center Happenings
500 Omaha Way Vancouver For more information call 737-2950

CCAPS (Community Center Adult Program Sponsors) No CCAPS Meetings in August. 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of each month, 11 AM. Call Sharon @ 992-0205 for more information. Adult Craft Day 3rd Wednesday of each month, 9—11 AM. Call Sharon @ 992-0205 for more information.

CCRC Meeting (Clark County Resident Council) Meets quarterly. Next meeting is August 11th at 11 AM. Call Kathi @ 992-0203 for more information. Coffee Hour No Coffee Hour in August. 4th Wednesday of each month, 10:30— 11:30 AM. Call Kathi @ 992-0203 for more information.

Moms, Dads and other family caregivers: DROP IN and


Play & Learn
A fun, interactive way to spend time with your 0-5 year old.
Thursday mornings, 10 AM to Noon VHA RISE & STARS Community Center 500 Omaha Way For more information call Sharon @ 992-0205.

VHA’S Offices and RISE & STARS Community Center will be CLOSED September 7th
VHA Board Of Commissioners Meeting Wednesday, August 26th, 10:00 AM 2500 Main Street, Vancouver Meetings are open to the public

Vancouver Housing Authority RISE & STARS Community Center 500 Omaha Way Vancouver, WA 98661



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