What Home Means to Me 2020 Calendar Grand Prize Winner

NAHRO honors the grand prize winner Owen Lasalle, age 13, from Puerto Rico, whose artwork is featured on the calendar’s cover. Due to the cancellation of this year’s conference because of COVID-19, the grand prize winner, who resides in the region, was honored at the NAHRO Online Summer 2020 Conference.

Housing Authority of County of Beaver – Hero in the Highrise

Sharon a certified nursing assistant resides at The Ambridge Tower Apartments owned by Housing Authority of the County of Beaver in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, has made over a hundred masks due to shortages of personal protective equipment. She has put signs up in the building elevator letting people know she had masks available, and doesn’t try to profit off them. She only wants us to help keep each other be safe during the COVID19 pandemic. At an age when many of us think our time is done, she continues to make a difference in the lives of those around her, and in the life of her community.

Mural Arts and City Health Develop “Space Pads” for Six PHA Sites  

Mural Arts Philadelphia created an innovative program throughout Philadelphia to ensure that Six Philadelphia Housing Authority sites that serve as meal distribution centers in response to the COVID-19.

NAHRO BOG Retreat
in Santa Fe, NM Jan. 16-17, 2020


Featured: front row: 
Clif Martin, Sylvia Bowen, Marsha Parham-Green, Diane Haislip, Liz Glenn, Kathy Walter
Second row: 
Stacy Spann, Vernon Lawrence, John Mahon, Senghor Manns, Chuck Wellard

The Marshmallow Challenge at the NAHRO BOG Retreat
The Winning Team!


Left to Right – Liz Glenn, Kathy Walter, Marsha Parham-Green, Vernon Lawrence, and Clif Martin

2020 – Regional What Homes Means to Me Calendar Winners


Elementary School: Jayla, age 7 –
Housing Authority city of Erie (July)
“My home is very special. It’s my favorite place because it’s where I get to love my family and be myself. It’s my favorite place to cuddle with my big sister. I’m very lucky to have a home.”

Middle School: Owen, 12 — 
Puerto Rico Public Housing Administration (2020 cover)
“I compared my home with a tree where the roots are strengthened by the love of my mother, who helps me grow, full of values and love. My home is a game, where I think that each branch is a goal to be reached.”

Elaiza, 15 – ​Puerto Rico Public Administration
​A home for me is a place where I can spend time with my family, a place where I can feel protected. A home for me is not just a house, a home for me is my island where all my friends and family are because where they go doesn’t matter if we’re together. It is the only thing that’s important. They’re my home.

2019

NAHRO Annual Conference
October 10-12, 2019
San Antonio, TX

NAHRO 2019-2021 Steering Committee Announced:

Left to right: NAHRO SVP Patricia S. Wells, NAHRO President Sunny Shaw, and Past President Carl S. Richie, Jr.

John Mahon, serving as newly elected President of Middle Atlantic Regional Council (MARC)


2019 Award –
Representatives of the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County accept the NAHRO Award of Excellence

NAHRO International Forum on Housing and Community Development  
Austin, TX – October 12-14, 2019

Nine MARC NAHRO members who serve on either the NAHRO Board of Governors, International Research and Global Exchange, Community Revitalization and Development or Housing Committees attended the Forum.   

Alongside attendees from United States, delegates representing Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands, South Africa, and New Zealand addressed issues related to Creating Community. 



Regional Annual Conference
May 29-31, 2019
National Harbor, Maryland


2019-2021 Officers Take the Oath of Office

2019 – Regional What Home Means to Me  Calendar Winners

Elementary School: 
Immanuel, 10 — York Housing Authority
(July)
“Whenever I go somewhere exciting far away or even overnight at a friend’s house I am always happy to be back in my own home. There’s no place like home! Even when I go to visit North Carolina, Philadelphia, or fly to Phoenix, Arizona, where everyone has a pool in their backyard. I love being home afterwards. There’s no place like home.”

Middle School: 
Natasha, 14 — Puerto Rico Public Housing Administration

“My home for me is my refuge, where I feel safe and protected. It is also my world where I have everything I need: love, trust, and where I receive the discipline that will shape me for the future. A home is where I feel safe and I have everything I need to be happy, an invaluable treasure.”

High School:
Sean, 15 — Housing Commission of Anne Arundel County
(March)
“My poster explains my life and dreams. My home is my safe place. “

2019 – The inaugural NAHRO-LDG Scholar for Middle Atlantic Regional Council

NAHRO Merit Scholarship Winner and LDG Scholar:
Natasha White,  – Housing Commission of Anne Arundel County, Md.