Hablamos Espanol at the Housing Authority of Savannah!
The Housing Authority of Savannah offers much more than affordable housing to residents and their families. Just ask the parents and participants of the 2013 Housing Authority of Savannah’s Summer Spanish Program. On August 6th , twelve rising first through fifth graders graduated from the four week program sponsored by HAS. A celebration luncheon was held at Carlito’s Mexican Grill and graduates applied their knowledge of the Spanish language as they ordered meals and conversed with each other. Participants attended two hour sessions at the Blackshear Community Center every Tuesday and Thursday beginning July 9th. Classes were facilitated by native Spanish speakers, Spanish and education majors from Savannah State University and Armstrong Atlantic State University, resident volunteers and special guests from the community. In a creative collaboration, HAS staff and volunteers developed a unique, hands-on curriculum that included music, movement, storytelling, and art. In addition to developing Spanish language skills, the program also challenged learners to expand their English language and social skills through daily reading time, writing exercises, and field trips. Because of the enthusiasm of the youth participants, parents, and volunteers, the program will continue as an afterschool opportunity with dates to be announced. The success of this program illustrates the importance of building positive relationships within our community to achieve common goals. Igniting a love of learning not only supports youth in their careers as students, it also propels them forward into successful careers adults, citizens and leaders. Congratulations to Adria Eastmond, Christopher Eric Patterson, Jon’niya Palmer, Arthur Russell, Jakayla Russel Xavier Powell, Derrick Demery, Dorian Allen, Adriona Allen, Ariana Branch, Paula Henry, and La’niyah Henry. Special thanks to the 2013 HAS Summer Spanish Program parents for their support and the volunteers who made it possible. Volunteers include: Ms. Janice Harris of Stillwell Towers, Layla Lugo, J’miah Nabawi of Savannah StoryFest, Courtney Puryear & Brittany Swan from Savannah State University, Che King, Sarah Longberger, Frankie Mesmer, Isayda Perez, & Stephanie Molina from Armstrong Atlantic State University.
Sustainable Fellwood Phase II - Officially LEED Gold
We recieved notification that Phase II of Sustainable Fellwood has recieved LEED Gold certification from the USGBC! All 9 residential buildings totaling 110 apartments now have their official LEED for Homes Gold designation. Great work to the entire team, and congratulations on achieving another sustainability milestone for this project and Savannah!
Stimulus Dollars at Work in
Housing Authority of Savannah Neighborhoods
The Housing Authority of Savannah has been awarded a total of more than $8.8 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which was signed into law on February 17, 2009. HAS received $5.3 million in ARRA funding in February 2009 as part of its proportional share of the $3 billion in stimulus funding made available to housing authorities across the U.S. The remaining $3.5 million in ARRA funding received by the agency was secured through a competitive process under the category of “Creating Energy Efficient and Green Communities.” All of the ARRA funds received were made available for Public Housing capital projects. The progress being made on projects funded by those dollars is documented below.
ROBERT HITCH VILLAGE
Robert Hitch Village is currently one of HAS’s oldest public housing communities at over 55 years old. Demolition, funded through Recovery Act dollars, will make way for a new mixed-finance community on the border of the nation’s largest landmark historic district. A contract was awarded in February 2010 and work is about to begin in the coming weeks.
EXPECTED COMPLETION: September 2010
PICKENS PATTERSON TERRACE
This 76-unit development on Savannah’s Southside will undergo a major rehabilitation to include Roof Replacement, HVAC Installation, new Water Heaters, Windows and Security Screens, and Bathroom Exhaust Fans. A kitchen upgrade in all units will include new Cabinets, Countertops, Sinks, and Range Hoods. Units will also receive dryer hookups and utility closet doors, increasing marketability. Work began in November 2009 and is currently underway.
EXPECTED COMPLETION: November 2010
Work is expected to begin in the following neighborhoods very soon!
SIMON FRAZIER HOMES &
FRED WESSELS HOMES
The 236-unit Simon Frazier Homes, located on Savannah’s Westside and the 250-unit Fred Wessels Homes, located off of E. Broad Street bordering downtown, received stimulus funding through the competitive category of “Creating Energy Efficient and Green Communities.” HAS was one of only two public housing authorities in the state of Georgia to receive a competitive ARRA grant.
The energy efficiency retrofits and upgrades are expected to reduce water consumption and energy usage by half, resulting in costs savings to residents. The work in both neighborhoods will include a Green Operations Plan, Green Project Analysis, Compact Fluorescent Bulbs, Showerheads, Toilets, Water Heaters, Air Sealing Measures, Attic/Insulation, Windows, HVAC (indoor and outdoor).
SINGLE FAMILY HOMES
This small 60-unit community off of Skidaway Road will receive extensive renovation in hopes of marketing the community for possible homeownership in coming years. Stimulus dollars will begin this effort with Roof Replacement, Window Replacement, new Screen Doors and Rear Exterior Doors. Repair work will be done on the Ceilings and Floors of all units. Exterior work on the units will include pressure washing, new Fiber Cement Siding, Gutters and Downspouts. The site itself will receive Privacy Fencing and Landscaping for erosion control and aesthetic appeal.
HORACE STILLWELL TOWERS
HAS’s 211-unit high rise tower on Waters Avenue that is designated for the elderly and persons with disabilities will undergo extensive work to community areas for its residents. The hallways of all twenty floors will receive new flooring and cove base. The walls of the hallways will have wallpaper removed and new paint, along with guard rails. On the interior of the units, new open face electrical heaters and door hardware replacement will be included in the renovation work. The Golden Age Community Center on the ground floor will receive a kitchen and bathroom upgrade, along with the installation of automatic doors. Outside, the parking lot will be repaired with a new overlay treatment, and outdoor sitting area with gazebo will be constructed.
EDGAR BLACKSHEAR HOMES
In 2008, these 100 units off of Wheaton Street underwent a major renovation. Stimulus funding will allow final details on these units of new doors and bathroom exhaust fans, a ceiling insulation upgrade and mold inhibitor treatment.
The Housing Authority of Savannah and the Revolutionary War
The Housing Authority of Savannah is working with the Coastal Heritage Society in an archaeological search to document the Revolutionary War battle which took place in Savannah, Georgia on October 9, 1779.
Residents of the second oldest neighborhood in public housing, Yamacraw Village, live in the heart of an American Revolution battlefield. Non-invasive Ground Penetrating radar will be conducted in the area of Zubly and Fahm streets in search of evidence of the battle. The work will not impact residents or disturb the ground.
The Housing Authority of Savannah is very excited about the prospect that artifacts and evidence of another fort from the Battle of Savannah might be found. We will keep you updated as the work continues.
HAS Receives $3.4 Million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Competitive Grant
On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The Recovery Act included a $4 billion appropriation of Capital Funds for public housing agencies. $3 billion was appropriated to agencies through formula funds and $1 billion was to be distributed through a competitive process.
The Housing Authority of Savannah received $5.3 million in formula Capital Funding in March of 2009. HAS applied for competive funding under the Category of "Creation of an Energy Efficient, Green Community" in July. HAS is pleased to announce that it has received $3.4 Million under this competive category.
The two neighborhoods to receive the funding are Fred Wessels Homes ($1,757,500) and Simon Frazier Homes ($1,664,120).
Through this new funding, HAS is hoping to significantly reduce operating costs related to energy use and water consumption in these two neighborhoods. Water use is anticipated to be reduced by 55% and energy use by 30%, significantly reducing monthly operating expenses for residents. The two Competitive Capital Fund grants will be used to moderately rehabilitate Fred Wessels Homes and Simon Frazier Homes in an energy and water efficient manner. These funds will be used for the following activities:
Energy efficient retrofits:
Reducing energy consumption in Fred Wessels Homes will focus on two primary areas:
1) Preventing the infiltration of undesired air and heat through improvements to the building envelope and
2) Reducing energy consumption of lighting, HVAC and water heating.
To reduce infiltration of undesired air and heat, weatherization retrofits will include replacement of single pane glass windows with Low-E double pane insulated windows with foam sealing around the perimeter. Windows will have a U-value and solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) of <.35. Attic insulation will be increased to R-38 from existing conditions of roughly R-11 by blowing in low-emitting cellulose insulation over the existing fiberglass batts. Additionally, blower door testing will be performed to identify air leaks in the building envelope which will then be sealed with spray foam and/or low-VOC caulk.
Energy conservation retrofits will include replacing the standard incandescent type lighting fixtures with compact fluorescent fixtures. This will cut lighting loads (and the associated heat gains) by nearly 70%. Additionally, the existing air source heat pumps will be replaced with 14 SEER heat pumps with variable speed air handlers. Aged water heaters will be replaced with high efficiency (EF >.92) water heaters.
Water conservation retrofits:
All toilets, lavatory faucets and showerheads will be replaced with highly water efficient fixtures.
All existing 4 gpf toilets will be replaced with dual flush (0.8/1.6 gpf) toilets. Lavatory sink fixtures currently using 2.5 gpm aerators will be replaced with bathroom sink fixtures with 1.0 gpm energy efficient aerators. Finally existing 2.5+ gpm shower heads will be replaced with 1.6 gpm shower heads.
These retrofits will result in energy savings of 37.5% based on 70% for energy and 30% for water conservation.
Sustainable Fellwood is a 27-acre site located on Bay Street, just west of Savannah’s Historic District. Initially part of the southeast’s magnificent longleaf pine forest, then agricultural land, and finally the site of Savannah’s and Georgia’s first housing project, Sustainable Fellwood is envisioned as a $50 million mixed-use development encompassing 220 Public/Affordable Housing Units (in several phases), 100 Senior Housing Units, 10 single family homeowner units, and potential retail, medical, and technical space. Follow our progress: http://www.sustainablefellwood.com
HAS RECEIVES ADDITIONAL FUNDING
The Housing Authority of Savannah is pleased to announce that it will be receiving $5.3 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. This stimulus money has been awarded to the HAS Capital Fund Program for capital improvements and modernization projects in our communities.
The Housing Authority of Savannah has also been awarded $1.1 million under the Continuum of Care (CoC) Homeless Assistance Program. HAS submitted an application last year through the 2008 McKinney-Vento homeless assistance competition and is pleased to announce that HAS was selected to receive funding.
ATTENTION HAS RESIDENTS – PARKING PROCEDURES
All residents who own vehicles should now have registered their vehicles with their management office and received a mirror hang tag. The HAS hang tag must be hung from the rearview mirror of ALL vehicles when parked on HAS property. If you, the resident, or your guest, do not have your hang tag displayed and/or are illegally parked (on the grass; on the sidewalk; blocking another vehicle; an abandoned vehicle, etc.), Management will issue a warning. A green parking violation sticker will be placed on the driver’s side window of the illegally parked vehicle and a $75 fine will be issued. If the illegally parked or derelict/abandoned vehicle is not moved or hang tag is not displayed within 24 hours, the vehicle will be towed at the owner’s expense.
These parking rules have been put in place for the safety and benefit of all in the community. If you have any questions about parking procedures, please contact the management staff.
Marcus Stubbs Tower
Out with the old ... in with the new !!
This land mark since the 1970's was removed to make way for a community park for all to enjoy. This addition and many other area enhancements are part of the ongoing HOPE VI development in the Benjamin van Clark neighborhood.
Get the Link-up – now !!!!!
Do you feel out of touch with the rest of the world? Can’t afford to pay the telephone installation costs? Get the Link-Up!!!!! Link-Up Georgia is a program that assists with the cost of having at telephone installed. AT&T credits 100% of installation costs for its Link-Up subscribers, while other companies provide a 50% credit up to $30. Additionally, you may be eligible to receive a Lifeline Assistance monthly credit of up to $13.50 on your local service telephone bill.
You may be eligible for help if you currently receive benefits under one of the following programs:
• Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
• Food Stamps
• Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
• Senior citizen low-income discount plan offered by the local gas or power company
• Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
• Temporary Assistance to needy Families (TANF) Contact your local telephone company (or in the case of new service, the company from which you would like to receive telephone service) to see if these programs are available, for more details or to sign up to receive the benefits.
For more information please use the following link: http://www.psc.state.ga.us