The Community Connect 2022 Issue 01
The Community Connect 2022 Issue 01 - Cover
The Community Connect
2022 Issue 01
In This Issue
Book Rich Environment / Succulent Gardens / Rent Cafe / Summer Camps / Self-Sufficiency / Scholarships
The Community Connect 2022 Issue 01 - Directory
HACG Main Building
700 N. Jefferson Ave.
1608 E. Holly St.
(919) 735-4226 x 1135
1608 E. Holly St.
1009 Slaughter St.
1906 Edgerton St.
(919) 735-4226 x 1301
1906 Edgerton St.
(919) 735-4226 x 1301
1729 Edgerton St.
(919) 735-4226 x 1133
1009 Slaughter St.
(919) 735-4226 x 1137 or 1138
409 Hinson St.
(919) 735-4226 x 1140 or 1141
West Haven Development
701 West Oak St.
(919) 735-4226 x 1142 or 1143
GHA Maintenance Emergencies
Law Enforcement (Non-Emergency)
Board of Commissioners
The Community Connect 2022 Issue 01 - From the CEO
There are many twists and turns on the road called life. Life's hard times don't segregate, and they don't choose by color, income, sex, or amount of good deeds. Everyone is susceptible. These curveballs come when you least expect them and can change the trajectory of the life you have planned.
No matter what is thrown your way, if you are still here, there is an opportunity to bounce back, to become something you never imagined possible.
Take life's sour lemons and make sweet lemonade.
More good news is that you don't have to go through this life's journey alone. Our staff is here to help you succeed in ALL of life's arenas.
I invite you to stay up to date on news and community resources by reading through this newsletter, connecting with us on social media, and subscribing to receive these updates by email or text message on our website at hacg.org or through your RENTCafe portal.
ANTHONY GOODSON, JR.
Chief Executive Officer
The Community Connect 2022 Issue 01 - BRE
Becoming A Book Rich Environment
HACG is proud to partner with the National Book Foundation's Book Rich Environments (BRE) program. Since 2017, BRE has distributed over 1.6 million free, high-quality, diverse books to public housing residents across the US. Public housing communities are frequently considered "book deserts," in which young people lack ready, easy access to books and reading material in their homes. Participating in Book Rich Environments means we will be working with local partners, including the Wayne County Public Library. Sydney's Book Club and the Partnership for Children of Wayne County to change this by infusing communities with books and reading. As the second agency within the State of NC to receive this game-changing opportunity for our youth, we are ecstatic to get started!
To receive free books for your children, please join us for our kick-off event, "Books, Bikes and BBQ," scheduled for June 15th from 12-2 pm in Fairview. All are invited to attend. Be sure to complete the helmet survey for your chance at receiving a new safety helmet and possibly a bike! Don't miss this event. Kids, come out with your scooters, bicycles, skates, and skateboards, and kick off summer with us! Stay in the know about this initiative and others by following us on FB @GoldsboroHousingAuthority.
The Community Connect 2022 Issue 01 - Gardens
HACG Sponsors Succulent Gardens
HACG is delighted to sponsor the succulent gardens within Carver Heights Elementary School's new Tranquility Garden.
Succulents are a group of plants with some of the most diverse forms, colors, and blooms. They're easy to care for and tend to store water in their leaves and/or stems.
The garden will give our youth a place to feel safe, comfortable, and an opportunity to discover nature.
The Community Connect 2022 Issue 01 - Mental Health
20 Tips To Boost Your Mental Health
Mental Health America Resources
- Track gratitude and achievement with a journal.
- Start your day with a cup of coffee.
- Set up a getaway.
- Work your strengths.
- Keep it cool for a good night's sleep.
- Take one step towards your goal.
- Experiment with a new recipe.
- Show some love to someone in your life.
- Boost brainpower by treating yourself to some dark chocolate every few days.
- Feeling anxious? Take a trip down memory lane and do some coloring.
- Take time to laugh.
- Dance around while you do your housework.
- Has something been bothering you? Let it all out...on paper.
- Spend some time with a furry friend.
- Try prepping your lunches or picking out your clothes for the workweek.
- Practice forgiveness.
- Feeling stressed? Smile.
- Send a thank-you note.
- Do something with friends and family.
- Take 30 minutes to go for a walk in nature.
Important Numbers for Mental Health
NAMI NC Information and Referral Helpline
NC Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The Community Connect 2022 Issue 01 - Rent Café
Welcome to Rent Cafe.
To register or log in, scan the QR code or visit myportal.hacg.org.
Apply to open waitlists!
Save My Spot!
Contact the Occupancy Department!
Review and update your information.
Rent Cafe is your online connection to the Housing Authority of the City of Goldsboro.
Equal Housing Opportunity Logo
The Community Connect 2022 Issue 01 - FSS
The Housing Authority of the City of Goldsboro has an incredible self-sufficiency program for residents in Elmwood, Little Washington, Woodcrest, and Section 8 participants.
This is a five-year volunteer program that allows families to earn escrow that coincides with rent increase. One of the major benefits of this program helps families connect with various organizations and resources for self-sufficiency.
Over the last two years, we have seen families obtain homeownership, use escrow for business start-up and use funds to further their personal dreams and goals.
Our Family Self Sufficiency program gives families an opportunity to develop a plan with their FSS Coordinator to help achieve goals. During the course of time, we have offered Homeownership Workshops with licensed professionals giving tips on obtaining homeownership.
This program will certainly assist you with implementing goals that you have dreamed of.
Connect with our coordinator, James Jones Jr for more information: 919.750.6957 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Community Connect 2022 Issue 01 - FSS Standout
One of our most recent celebrations is a participant, Shalona Rodgers
creating wealth through her business. She has consistently been involved with obtaining an LLC in North Carolina. With being recognized in the state, she began planning to have a brick-and-mortar business at Berkeley Mall as a vendor. Shalonda has had constant communication with the FSS Coordinator, utilizing her escrow money to purchase supplies and pay her lease agreement. You will find The Lo'Don Belle' Collection in Berkeley Mall.
"With the FSS program, I have been able to accomplish many of my goals; they have helped me with saving money as well as kept me stress-free while reaching my objectives." - Shalona Rodgers
The Community Connect 2022 Issue 01 - ROSS
We Help You Accomplish Your Goals!
Don't wait any longer to pursue your goals and leave your legacy! Yes, that is right, you have more in you than you may think!
Our ROSS Program staff are ready and willing to push you to your next level!
Whether you need supportive services to live independently, want to further your education, or increase your employability skills, the ROSS program is here to help make your transition from public assistance to economic independence as smooth as possible.
If you're interested in learning more or beginning your self-sufficiency journey contact Jedidiah Hayes at 919-735-4226 ext. 1301 or email@example.com.
The Community Connect 2022 Issue 01 - SOAR
Sign up for SOAR!
This FREE program provides academic and vocational skills to residents to help them accomplish personal achievement by setting goals and creating paths for a brighter future.
Receive industry recognized credentials for employment in Warehouse, Inventory and Logistics, Forklift Operator, etc. Participants can also earn college credits to assist them with getting into the career that best suits them.
Classes Begin Soon! To learn more information or to register, please call 919.735.4226 ext. 1301.
The Community Connect 2022 Issue 01 - Aging in Place
Aging in Place is also a part of the ROSS program. It focuses on helping residents aged 62 and over stay active, live healthier lives, and live safely at home instead of a nursing home or assisted living facility.
Pantries are available at each management office with supplies for senior residents ages 62 and older who need items such as toilet paper, adult diapers, soap, dish detergent, and laundry soap.
These pantries are to be used as needed, not as a monthly resource. Senior residents who have a need can reach out to the property managers on Wednesday mornings between 8 am and 12 pm for assistance!
Senior Grocery Rides
HACG Seniors 55+ needing transportation to the grocery store can now use our ride service!
Fairview & Lincoln - 3rd Tuesday
All Other Communities - 3rd Wednesday
Pick-up at management office @ 10:00 am
Return to management office @ 11:15 am
You must contact Thad Washington at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 919-750-9026 to let them know if you need a ride a week prior. Only 10 people will be transported at a time.
Senior Food Boxes
Food boxes will continue to be delivered on the 2nd Tuesday of each month to residents 60+ who meet the income requirements.
To learn more about our Aging in Place program or to suggest ideas, please contact Ayisha Razzak-Ellis at 919-750-6847 or email@example.com.
The Community Connect 2022 Issue 01 - Yard of the Month
Yard of the Month
Congratulations to our Yard of the Month winners! Thank you all for showing creativity and taking pride in your yard.
Annie Hargrove (West Haven)
Peggy Bryant (Elmwood)
Blanche Davis (Fairview)
Mercy Freeman (Lincoln Homes)
The Community Connect 2022 Issue 01 - Jobs Plus
The Jobs Plus program is off to a great start in Lincoln Homes with 57 residents already enrolled in the program. If you need help with any of the following, stop by our office and speak to one of our case managers:
·Help finding a job
Jobs Plus is here for four years, so stop by on Thursdays between 9am and 11:30am and speak with Nate, Joi, or Cassandra, our case managers, who can help you set and reach short and long-term goals.
Be on the lookout for Jobs Plus staff and our Community Coaches to be walking throughout Lincoln Homes, passing out flyers and engaging with residents.
Jobs Plus is here to help you, so take advantage of all that it can offer.
For more information about this program, please reach out to Ayisha Razzak-Ellis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-750-6847.
The Community Connect 2022 Issue 01 - Muffins for Mom
Jobs Plus Muffins for Mom
Here are a few pictures from our recent event celebrating the Jobs Plus Moms!
The Community Connect 2022 Issue 01 - Jobs Plus Teens
Our new Jobs Plus program in Lincoln Homes serves teens ages 14-17!
Jobs Plus Offers:
Youth financial literacy
Job search and employment help
Educational support and resources
College prep and tours
Individual case management
Learn more about this program by calling 919-750-6847.
The Community Connect 2022 Issue 01 - Job Opportunities
- More than 1400 job openings with the State of North Carolina. Which one is right for you? Make your next career move at www.nc.gov/jobs
- 150+ positions available through Wayne County Public Schools visit www.waynecountyschools.org to view job openings!
- View positions currently available within Wayne County Government at www.waynegov.com/Jobs.aspx
- Multiple positions currently available within the City of Goldsboro see vacancies at www.goldsboronc.gov
Wayne UNC Health Care
Wayne Community College
O'Berry Medical Treatment Center
For more opportunities at www.indeed.com
Contact Resident Services for assistance at (919) 735-4226 x 1301.
The Community Connect 2022 Issue 01 - Crew
We appreciate our Lawn & Maintenance crew for helping to keep HACG beautiful!
The Community Connect 2022 Issue 01 - Resources
Basic Driving Class
Our Basic Driving Class hosted by A+ Driving School provides the education you need to drive skillfully and safely-to protect yourself and other drivers on the road.
The next class is Thursday, June 9th!
Register for either our in-person or virtual option by calling 919.735.4226 ext. 1301.
FREE Food Boxes are available courtesy of the Three in One Family Center on Mondays starting at 10 am at the Wayne County Correctional Facility, 700 Stevens Mill Rd.
Mobile Market at Wayne County Public Library
11 am-12 pm
Stop by and get free groceries!
Sponsored by Goldsboro Family YMCA
NC 211 is an information and referral service provided by United Way of North Carolina. Families and individuals can dial 2-1-1 or 1-888-892-1162 to obtain free and confidential information on health and human services and resources within their community.
The Community Connect 2022 Issue 01 - Resources Continued
HACG Occupancy Dept. is accepting applications for public housing. We have a Waiting list for 1 bedroom to 5 bedrooms. Applications are available at 1608 E. Holly St.
BANK ON WAYNE is a financial literacy program that provides instruction in budgeting, banking and managing credit. Bank on Wayne encourages participants to operate within the financial mainstream and avoid costly alternative financial services. Knowledgeable bank representatives facilitate financial classes each month. Visit literacyconnectionsofwaynecounty.org/bank-on-wayne for more information.
The Workforce Continuing Education - Wayne Community College division offers a wide array of learning opportunities to promote workforce, economic, and personal development. You can earn an adult high school or high school equivalency diploma, get into the workforce quickly with short-term training, take personal enrichment classes just for fun, and so much more.
Know an adult who wants to complete high school? They can pick up a packet at one of these locations:
Fairview Community Center
Fairview Management Office
Jobs Plus Building
Contact the ROSS Program at 919.735.4226 ext 1301 for assistance.
Short-term Workforce Development (STWD) Grant
The Short-term Workforce Development Grant is for eligible students pursuing high-demand workforce training programs within workforce pathways identified in collaboration with the Department of Commerce that lead to a state or industry-recognized credential. Based on student needs, awards can be up to $750 per course and may address tuition/registration fees, course fees, books, supplies, credentialing tests, transportation, childcare, and other costs of attendance.
Must be a North Carolina resident as determined by the NC Residency Determination Service.
Must be enrolled in Workforce Continuing Education pathways/courses leading to a North Carolina Workforce Credential identified as either Essential or Career level. A list of eligible credentials is available at https://nccareers.org/credentials/credentials-list.
The Community Connect 2022 Issue 01 - Summer Camps
-Wayne County Public Library STEM Camp for Rising 6-8th graders
August 15-19th from 10AM - 3PM
Call 919.735.1824 ext. 5105 to register.
-Boys and Girls Club Tropical Vibez Summer Camp for Ages 6+
Starts the week of June 13th.
-Goldsboro YMCA has Multiple Summer Camp Opportunities Available visit https://www.goldsboroymca.org/programs/summer-camp to learn more.
-Goldsboro Parks and Rec Summer Camps
Full-Day, 3/4 Day, Sports, and Fun Bunch Summer Camp for youth ages 7-13 www.goldsboroparksandrec.com/register
-Kinetic Minds Free Summer Camps for rising 1st through 4th graders
-Kinetic Minds Free Summer Camp & Yearlong Program for rising 5th - 9th www.kineticmindsnc.org
-Rebuilding Broken Places Project Y.E.S.S. S.T.R.E.A.M. Free Summer Camp serving students in grades 1 through 8.
-Wayne Community College Junior Bison Summer Camps for Middle & HS Students www.waynecc.edu/camps
HACG Residents, have you signed your child up for summer camp? Do you need assistance with summer camp registration and fees?
Please contact Ayisha Razzak-Ellis at 919-750-6847 to see how we can help!
The Community Connect 2022 Issue 01 - Poster Contest
What Home Means to Me
Here are a few pictures of our youth being creative in their communities!
The Community Connect 2022 Issue 01 - Scholarships
The HACG Resident Scholarship is currently available to public housing residents of the Housing Authority of the City of Goldsboro who apply and meet the criteria as outlined. Up to $4000.00 will be awarded to the college or university to which the applicant has been accepted.
The HACG Community Scholarship is currently available to graduating seniors that live within Wayne County, NC, that plan on pursuing their education at a trade school, community college, or four-year university.
The Community Connect 2022 Issue 01 - Back Cover
The Community Connect
2022 Issue 01