GHA’s Annual Strong Families Initiative

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Griffin Housing Authority held its Strong Families Initiative Saturday, June 1, 2019 in the old baseball field located at Spalding County’s Fairmont Park.  The initiative originated as HUD’s Father’s Day in 2011, although it is well known that it’s the mothers that do much of the heavy lifting as it relates to raising families.

In public housing communities where 75% of families are led by single women, that’s an enormous amount of responsibility, and one which should be given due consideration. HUD’s focus on Father’s Day was intended to bring awareness to the grim statistics children living in father-absent homes face. Fatherhood should not only be a topic with which we speak only with men. Fatherhood programs have more recently found that if they only work with men and never connect with their female partners, then there is less reason for the female partner to want to connect with the father.

Our new focus on both parents will aim to connect men and women to resources that will aid in improving these outcomes and unify the family. Involved fathers empower mothers, and by empowering mothers, families succeed.

GHA Hosts GSU’s Housing and Health Learning Academy

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Griffin Housing Authority played host to Georgia State University’s Georgia Homes for Healthy Futures (HHF) Housing and Health Learning Academy Thursday, May 30, 2019 at UGA Griffin Stuckey Auditorium.  HHF is a framework that supports sustainable systems and practices that intentionally focus on achieving environmental, individual and community aspirations, leading to thriving people and places now, and for generations to come.  Session II: entitled “Stakeholders & Partnerships” focused on exploring the role of partner engagement in advancing the vision of HHF and was attended by over 6 additional Public Housing Authorities and/or Housing Agencies and Management companies throughout Central Georgia.

Selected recommendation for engaging residents and creating partnerships center around 3 components of housing; 

  • Interiors: which reduce stressors and sleep disturbances, and enhance a sense of wellbeing

  • Exteriors: which maximize the use of semipublic space, fostering resident commitment by participating in programs that could produce job creation or provide community service opportunities.

  • Site-based advances: which designate gathering places for adults, improve pedestrian and bicycle circulation, cluster building groups, provide more areas for older children, and create small play areas in existing courtyards in view of other buildings.  Additional recommendations of site-based advances could include gardening, increase and improve on existing trees and vegetation and the creation of suitable space for physical activity, exercise, and health education

Outstanding Community Service Award

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Mr. Robert Dull, CEO Griffin Housing Authority (GHA) was awarded the Outstanding Community Service Award during the Xi Beta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Annual China Luncheon. The China Luncheon held Saturday, April 27, 2019. at the Upson-Lee High School in Thomaston, Georgia celebrates the achievements of Community leaders, Career Milestones for Educators and awards scholarships to High School and College Students along with presenting the C.R Walker Fine Arts Scholarship and the Giles and Jeannette Howard King Book Scholarships .  Kenda Woodard Amin, GHA Director of Housing Operations accepted the award on Mr. Dull’s behalf.

Freedom From Smoking®

Griffin Housing Authority has partnered with SMC Hope Health Clinic in Griffin to offer its 2nd smoking cessation workshop that will be held at The Iris beginning in April for 8 weeks one day a week.

Freedom From Smoking®, is the leading adult smoking cessation program for over 30 years that shows residents how to quit in a safe, supportive environment. They’ll be given the tools and resources to overcome their tobacco addiction so they can enjoy the benefits of better health, extra money in their pocket and healthier relationships.

If you are interested in participation please contact,

Kara-Hunt 678-688-8700 (ext.) 310 for registration space is limited,

Deadline is March 25, 2019.

The Park at The Oaks & The Little Free Library

We are excited to announce the opening of the Park at The Oaks. Located in the rear of The Oaks at Park Pointe and The Salvation Army, the park features a quarter mile walking trail and several senior fitness stations to help residents maintain healthy lifestyles.

In addition to the walking trail, the Park at the Oaks is also home to the twenty-eighth installation of the Little Free Library in Spalding County. The Little Free Library is a global book-sharing movement to help spread literacy through communities, one book at a time.  

This installation is very special to us, as it was hand painted by a member of our community, Mr. Larry Tinsley.  A graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Mr. Tinsley joined our community two years ago and has made a tremendous impact on the broader community through his beautiful artwork. 

We would like to send a special thank you to all of the organizations and individuals who helped make this event a success.

  • Spalding County

  • The Salvation Army

  • Spalding County Collaborative

  • Leadership Griffin + Spalding

  • Little Free Library

  • Larry Tinsley

EPI Healthy Living Commitment

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GHA’s Educational Prosperity Initiative (EPI) began the New Year by making a commitment to the community to assist families in adopting a healthy lifestyle.  During EPI’s monthly meeting held January 3, 2019 at Spalding County’s Fairmont Recreation Center, EPI in collaboration with Spalding County Leisure Services, adopted The National Recreation and Park Association’s Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards. The initiative promotes and encourages healthy eating, and physical activity with youths and adults residing in the Spalding County communities.  Additional daily activities along with increased servings of fruits, vegetables and healthy snacks will be incorporated during afterschool programs, on weekends and during summer programs.

Annual Senior Christmas Luncheon

This year’s Annual Senior Christmas Luncheon, held on a cool, crisp December day, drew nearly 75 people to the City of Griffin’s Welcome Center.

This year marked the ninth anniversary of the event, featuring a morning of great food, fun, and socializing with friends and companions.

Our CEO, Bob Dull, welcomed guests and said that this was one of his favorite events of the year. The event gives GHA the opportunity to show our appreciation for a special group of our community, in an upscale event setting. 

In addition to our senior community residents, we were joined by the Griffin Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners, staff, and a host of community representatives from the Griffin/Spalding community.

On behalf of the Griffin Housing Authority, we would like to send a special thanks to everyone who helped make this event a success.

  • Venue Location: The Griffin Regional Welcome Center

  • Food: Gretchen’s Kitchen

  • Decoration: Affairs to Remember

  • Transportation: Spalding County’s “Big Blue”

Grand Opening | Terraces at the Park

We are excited to announce the grand opening of the Terraces at the Park! With the completion of our latest development, we have finalized the third phase of the Meriwether Homes redevelopment initiative, which began in 2015 with the opening of The Oaks at Park Pointe.  

Overlooking the City of Griffin’s Municipal Golf Course and City Park, the Terraces are quite a sight to see. This 68-unit development is designed to give our future senior residents (62 and older) a wonderful quality living experience available. The Terraces feature a range of 1 and 2 bedroom units, a fitness and wellness center, community room, laundry room, outside walking trails and a community garden.

On behalf of our development and partners and community stakeholders, we are excited to continue our journey towards providing diverse housing solutions for the residents of Griffin and Spalding County.

For aspiring residents, stay tuned over the coming weeks for the announcement on how to apply for rental consideration at the Terraces at the Park. 

Our Third Closing!

The Griffin Housing Authority, through a partnership with Georgia’s Department of Community Affair’s CHIP Program, has been building homes to help move people from subsidized and other rental housing to home ownership.

Danny Fuller completed the home buyer education course in October 2018. A graduate of Griffin High School and former resident of the city, Danny is excited to have the opportunity to return back home. He officially closed on his home and began the moving process on November 26, 2018.

Our Senior Residents Are Tech Savvy!

Six Senior Residents participated in the Computer Basic Skills Part I classes for 6 weeks at The Iris at Park Pointe. The basic computer class consisted of learning the hardware and software of the computer. Participants set up personal email accounts, learned how to send and receive messages. They learned about the World Wide Web and introduced to the Internet, how to connect and browse with Internet Explorer. Participants state “they enjoyed the classes so much; they can’t wait to move forward with Basic Skills Part II.”