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St. Louis Housing Authority Partners With Health Department to Provide Covid-19 Vaccine To Over 200 Elderly Public Housing Residents

Pictured from left to right: Dr. Fredrick Echols, City of St. Louis Acting Director of Health; Alana Green, ExecutiveDirector of the St. Louis Housing Authority (SLHA); Stacy Taylor, SLHA Director of Human Resources; KellynHolliday, SLHA Director of Resident and Community Engagement; and Chris White, SLHA Director of Development.

 

ST. LOUIS, February 21, 2021 —On Sunday, the St. Louis Housing Authority partnered with the City of St. Louis Health Department to host a COVID-19 vaccine event for approximately 200 elderly public housing residents.

“Through partners such as the Health Department, we have been able to provide valuable resources to our residents during the COVID-19 pandemic including free WiFi, food distributions, PPE, COVID-19 testing and now the COVID-19 vaccine”, says Alana Green, Executive Director of the St. Louis Housing Authority. “We understand that many of our elderly residents were having difficulty navigating the online registration process, so we took additional steps to ensure that they were given the opportunity to be vaccinated.”

To register residents for the vaccine event, St. Louis Housing Authority staff contacted every senior aged 65 and older via telephone to gauge interest. “Our staff made over 1,000 calls, which resulted in every public housing resident over 65 being given the opportunity to participate in Sunday’s event,” says Kellyn Holliday, St. Louis Housing Authority Director of Resident and Community Engagement. “In addition, we are available to assist those unable to attend the event with signing up for online registrations and future events.”

“The Department of Health’s partnership with the City of St. Louis Housing Authority to conduct this COVID-19 vaccine clinic helped the Department get many of the city’s most vulnerable residents vaccinated, says Dr. Fredrick Echols, Acting Director of Health for the City of St. Louis. “These residents are most at risk of experiencing severe complications if infected with SARS CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The health department’s prioritization of health equity and justice demand that we continue these types of partnerships and efforts.”

To make the event possible, the St. Louis Housing Authority also worked with its partners, Southside Wellness Center and Five Star Senior Center, and retained a local cab company to provide transportation, as needed, for seniors to the vaccine event.

About The St. Louis Housing Authority

The St. Louis Housing (SLHA) is a municipal corporation created by state statute, formed in 1939. Its mission is to provide diverse housing opportunities and to enhance the quality of life of the families served. SLHA is funded primarily by federal sources from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). SLHA has approximately 60 employees and an annual operating budget of approximately $70 million.

Notice of VIRTUAL Town Hall Meeting

ST. LOUIS HOUSING AUTHORITY FY 2020 AGENCY PLAN
ADMISSIONS AND CONTINUED OCCUPANCY POLICY
UTILITY ALLOWANCE SCHEDULE
FLAT RENT SCHEDULE
FIVE-YEAR ACTION PLAN

For:  ALL SLHA Residents

WhenTuesday, July 21, 2020 @ 3:00 p.m.

The St. Louis Housing Authority’s (SLHA) Planning Team met with St. Louis Tenant Affairs Board (STLTAB) and outlined their needs and concerns for the preparation of the Annual Submission of the Agency Plan for FY2020. The “Draft” Agency Plan has been prepared and is currently out for public review and comment period for 45 days. You may review the plan on the SLHA website, www.slha.org or at your Management Office or TAB Office. SLHA has scheduled a Virtual Town Hall type meeting within this 45-day comment period, in an effort to achieve greater resident input relative to the draft plan. The 45-day  comment period ends on August 26, 2020 at the Public Hearing.

Instructions to Attend Town Hall Meeting
Please join the town hall meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/938162461

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (224) 501-3412

Access Code: 938-162-461

Comments and suggestions received will become part of the public record.

If you need any special accommodations, please contact Fran Bruce at (314) 286-4365 at least two (2) days prior to the meeting.

If you have any questions or require more information, please give us a call.

Notice of VIRTUAL Public Hearing

ST. LOUIS HOUSING AUTHORITY FY 2020 AGENCY PLAN
ADMISSIONS AND CONTINUED OCCUPANCY POLICY
UTILITY ALLOWANCE SCHEDULE
FLAT RENT SCHEDULE
CAPITAL FUND PROGRAM BUDGETS
WWW.SLHA.ORG

Monday, July 13, 2020 at 3:00 PM

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is providing annual funding to the St. Louis Housing Authority (SLHA) to improve the physical condition and upgrade the management and operation of its Public Housing and Section 8, Housing Choice Voucher programs. On October 21, 1998 congress enacted a new law, the Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act (QHWRA) of 1998. Under this new law, to receive the funding SLHA is required to develop an Annual and Five-Year Agency Plan, in consultation with residents, local government officials, and other interested parties and to develop and implement the goals, strategies, and priorities identified in the Plan. The annual submission must be submitted to the HUD field office by October 18, 2020.

This Agency Plan is subject to public review and comment. The St. Louis Housing Authority is providing a 45-day comment period beginning July 13, 2020 and ending with the Public Hearing on August 26, 2020. The plan will be available on the SLHA’s website, www.slha.org. Written comments will be accepted until August 26, 2020. Contact Fran Bruce, Planning and Procurement Manager, at fbruce@slha.org or by telephone at (314) 286-4365 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday to obtain additional information regarding this Agency Plan, Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy and/or SLHA’s Utility Allowance Schedule.

SLHA will hold a Virtual Public Hearing on Wednesday, August 26, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. to accept comments on its Agency Plan, Five-year Plan, ACOP, Utility Allowance and Flat Rent Schedules and Capital Fund Program. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s public hearing will not be held in person. Instructions to join the virtual public hearing are posted on the website. Comments and suggestions received will become part of the public record. Additionally, written comments may be submitted on the plan. All written comments must be received by August 26, 2020. Please address comments to Fran Bruce at fbruce@slha.org.

Additionally, revisions to the Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy (ACOP), a component of the Agency Plan, have been made and therefore, are subject to public review and comment. The draft ACOP will be available concurrently with the draft of the Agency Plan.

St. Louis Housing Authority’s Utility Allowance and the Flat Rent Schedule will be revised and is subject to public review and comment. The proposed Utility Allowance Schedule will be available concurrently with the draft of the Agency Plan.

Also, effective November 25, 2013, the Capital Fund Program Final Rule was implemented to decouple the Capital Fund Annual Submission from the Agency Plan. This annual submission will be subject to public review; therefore, the Five-year Action Plan (FY 2020 –FY 2024) is simultaneously being made available concurrently with the draft of the Agency Plan.

The public is invited to provide comments on the proposed Agency Plan. For additional information or assistance, please contact Fran Bruce by email at fbruce@slha.org or by telephone (314) 286-4365 or TDD (314) 286-4223.

The St. Louis Housing Authority
By: Alana C. Green, Executive Director
July 13, 2020

You may view the Five-year Plan and Draft FFY 2020 Agency Plan Annual Submission Submission HERE.

Al Chappelle Center Has A New Piano!

Thanks to Pianos for People with assistance from the Arts and Education Council, residents will soon be tickling the ivories at the Al Chappelle Community Center on their new piano!

SLHA’s Executive Director, Ms. Alana Green, along with representatives from the Arts and Education Council and Pianos for People were on hand for the donation and installation of the piano. They were also treated to a mini piano recital by SLHA’s own Mr. Christopher White.

Ms. Judith Lynum, part of SLHA’s Resident Initiative team has expressed that the piano has the potential to be utilized in a myriad of capacities, such as musical instruction, music therapy, entertainment and more.

L to R: Sheena Duncan, Exec. Dir. Pianos for People; Staff Member, Pianos for People; Alana Green, Exec. Dir., SLHA; Kate Francis, VP of Development, Arts and Education Foundation; Judith Lynum, SLHA and Christopher White , SLHA.