From the desk of Benjamin Stevenson, Executive Director
I would like to begin by wishing everyone a very Happy New Year!! I trust everyone had a wonderful and blessed holiday season. We are still trying to make progress at LHA and continue to provide quality services for the residents of our communities.
I also want to thank the members of the City-Wide Resident Organization for the many activities that they held over the holidays. Special recognition goes to Karen Rudolph for the Christmas Gala at West Lake Apartments, Shakia Young and Judy Haggins for the Rock the Block celebration at 10th Street and North Florida Avenue (which was attended by more than 1,000 people) and Joyce Giles for organizing the Senior Luncheon for the senior residents of the Manor at West Bartow, Cecil Gober Villas and The Renaissance. Ms. Haggins also organized a group of residents to participate in the 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade. LHA greatly appreciates all of the resident leaders for the wonderful job they are doing. LHA recently received written notice of HUD’s approval of the City-Wide Resident Organization as the official Resident Advisory Board for LHA residents.
Appreciation and thanks is also extended to those residents that are participating in the “Resident Employment Transportation Assistance Program” or “RETAP.” The RETAP provides bus passes for any resident of a LHA community that needs transportation to and from work, a job interview, job training or self-sufficiency program or training event. We also want to thank Citrus Connection for partnering with LHA to provide this service. Persons interested in the program may contact Earl Haynes or Cynthia Zorn-Shaw by calling (863) 413-3394 Ext. 308, for more information.
Finally, I would like to wish each and every one peace, love and all of God’s blessing during 2014. I want to also thank all of our partners for working with LHA to provide employment, healthcare and affordable housing opportunities for our youth and adults. Our LHA families greatly benefited from the services and opportunities provided by our community partners. We are very grateful and thankful.