TAMPA (July 29, 14)---The Tampa Housing Authority is leading the way for resident empowerment in terms of setting the standards for residents to improve their life by participating in our agency’s empowerment programs including yesterday’s luncheon. “Stars of Public Housing” was the occasion’s theme and those who participated were honored to be recognized. Paul Ausley, Principal Management Official for HUD Jacksonville, acted as master of ceremony and reflected on the importance of giving back and recognizing excellence achieved by residents. Giving the keynote was City Council Chair, Charlie Miranda, who delivered an inspirational speech, which included stories of his adolescence growing up in public housing and lessons he learned along the way that contributed to his success as a community leader.
A grand total of fifteen individuals were honored, which included former Tampa public housing residents: Honorable Charlie Miranda, Fred Hearns, Soloman Davis, Carl Hayes and Bobby Bowden; Scholarship recipients Anubia Guyton-Lewis, Arezu Abdul-Khaled, Sha’Kala Peterson and Fereshta Abdul-Khaled received monetary awards as well as electronic notepads. Successful residents that are thriving due to Tampa Housing Authority programs: Hope Terrible, Janice Johnson, Zachary Thompson, Tomica Davis, Rose St. Hilaire and Rafaela Rodriquez.
“It is important for us to always inspire those who we serve by recognizing their achievements and self-sufficiency efforts.” said Jerome Ryans, President and CEO. “Public events like this help us show the community that the Tampa Housing Authority is making a difference in the lives of our residents and helps to change the mindset regarding the stigma associated with public housing residents.”
The Housing Authority of the City of Tampa promotes the development and professional management of a variety of affordable housing opportunities facilities and supportive services that nurture neighborhoods, provide economic development and self sufficiency activities for residents while assuring equal access to safe, quality housing for low and moderate income families throughout the community.
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