Solving Homelessness Together

September Homeless Network Meeting Notes

Thursday, September 21, 2017 NETWORK Meeting Notes:


  • Street Beats are available today and are green through the end of October.
  • Salvation Army Christmas Holiday Assistance – Call on Thursdays 8:45am – Noon to set up an appointment dial 706-327-0275 Thursdays from now through October 12.
  • Valley Rescue Mission Christmas Holiday Assistance – Sign up dates, September 25-29 and October 2-6, Monday-Friday 9-11am and 1-3pm.  Working parents sign up is Saturday September 30 and Saturday October 7 10am -1pm
  • Operation Hope: Free credit and money management workshops the last Thursday of the each month. Call 404-405-1570 for more information.
  • REACH adult education program  (GED vouchers available for successful graduates) Classes Tuesday and Thursday 9am –12pm and 1:30-4:30pm at Open Door Community House 706-323-5518
  • Grandparent Conference September 30 at Midtown Medical Center 7:15am Breakfast followed by conference at 8:30- 11:30am. (Adults only)
  • If you have an announcement you would like shared with the meetings list, please email  and request your message to be shared.
  • Please email: to be put on our meetings email list.
  • West Central Health District and the American Red Cross invite the faith community to Faith –Based Mass Care (Sheltering) and Response workshop on October 3, 8am-11:30am. Call 706-321-6150 to register.
  • Operation Hope: Free credit and money management workshops the last Thursday of the each month. Call 404-405-1570 for more information.


Phenix City Housing Authority        

1500 11th Avenue Phenix City AL 36867 (Applications)

PO Box 338 Phenix City AL 36868



Ms. Mary Mayrose, Executive Director and Haley Ramey, Resident Services shared the work of the Phenix City Housing Authority.    A PowerPoint was presented and the application to housing was distributed (both are attached) some presentation highlights follow.


There are 772 Housing Choice Vouchers and there are currently 625 vouchers under lease. The Housing choice voucher application is processed online (open once a year) and is currently closed.


There are five developments:

·         Riverview Court Apartments

·         Fredrick Douglas Apartments

·         L.P. Stough Apartments

·         Whispering Pines Apartments

·         H.L. Blake Apartments (must be 62 years of age or older)


How to apply for Public Housing Apartments:

Monday through Thursday apply in person 9am-12pm and 2:30pm to 5:30pm. You must be interviewed and all household members over age of 18 must be present.  You will need to have required documents.  The housing occupancy team will provide information on how to get needed documents.

Documents required:

·         Birth Certificate for each member of household

·         Legal Identification (driver license or state issued identification)

·         Social Security Card (temporary printout will work while waiting for actual card)

·         Marriage license (if applicable)

·         Divorce papers (if applicable)

·         Separation papers (if applicable)

·         Death certificates (if applicable)

·         Custody, adoption or guardianship papers (if applicable)

·         If you are the payee, guardian or have power of attorney for anyone in the households, bring notarized letter or legal papers documenting situation.

·         Verification of all sources of income not older than 120 days (four months)


Preferences are for those experiencing homelessness, homeless veterans and disaster victims.

Move in fees include:

·         $250 Rental deposit (the housing authority will work with people on this)

·         $150 Gas deposit

·         $250 Alabama Power deposit (if there are no outstanding bills)


There are exciting things happening in redevelopment and modernization.  The Housing Authority applied for (and was granted) $11 million to create a 84 unit property at 24th Ave and 19th St. This will be a multilevel income development similar to Arbor Pointe in Columbus.  Plan to start moving people in November of 2018. An additional tax credit of $14 million will be used for the development of mixed income/mixed use at the river that will be called Whitewater.


See all the IMPRESSIVE supportive services offered to residents including:

·         Afterschool  (3-6pm for $10 a month – with 3 contracted teachers to help with homework, snack time and gym time)

·         Summer program (37 youth in camp)

·         GED program (on site, have 8 students  3 are enrolled to start college in February)

·         WISE program (14 graduates, the 7 most active got a scholarship of $500 to CVCC, 4 are currently enrolled, 2 got better jobs, 3 are GED TRACK program)

·         Elderly services (Community center on site at H.L. Blake Apartments, potlucks monthly, social service staff on site and the Area Agency on Aging helps with case management)

·         Support group for caretakers

·         Financial literacy program

·         Healthy eating on budget class

·         Job training workshops

·         Resource Fairs

·         Basketball Team (went to Kentucky to compete!)

·         Summer lunch program

·         Volunteers

·         Community events


Plans for the future include:

·         GED childcare

·         YES expansion (volunteers, work study, more educators)

·         FSS program

·         Transportation

·         Thrift Store Development

·         Move-in & Utility assistance


Please see the attached documents for details about the work of the Phenix City Housing Authority!



4:00 pm Thursday, October 19, 2017

Department of Labor

Peace Liz

Elizabeth Dillard
Homeless Resource Network
2221 Second Avenue
PO BOX 811
Columbus GA 31902
Fax- 706.571-0707

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