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ANNOUNCEMENTS AND UPCOMING EVENTS

 ROLLING HILLS ELDERLY HOUSING ADDITION OPEN HOUSE

On September 18 ASHA held an open house event for the Rolling Hills Elderly Housing Addition located at Main and Bryant.  Agency representatives in attendance included Benjamin Keel, Executive Director, White House Council on Native American Affairs; Stephanie Holderfield, Special Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary; Heidi Frechette, Program Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Native American Programs; Wayne Sims, Administrator, Southern Plains Office of Native American Programs; Robert Lamp, Loan Guarantee Specialist, Office of Native American Programs; Governor Edwina Butler Wolfe, Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma; ASHA staff; and Keith Shaw Construction.  The Elderly Housing tenants were in attendance and were presented with house warming gifts from ASHA. 

 

Rolling Hills Open House

 

 

ASHA OFFICES CLOSED

All of the ASHA offices will close at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 1, 2017, to observe Absentee Shawnee Employee Day and Monday, September 4, 2017 to observe Labor Day.  Business will resume on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

 

SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY KIOSK

A Sex Offender Registry Kiosk was provided and installed in the lobby of our main office as part of the SORNA grant that was received by the Absentee Shawnee Tribal Police Department.  This kiosk is available to the public and may be used to make queries locally by city, county or zip code and also nationally.

 

Jabbiss kiosk 

 

 COMMUNITY RENEWAL PARTNERSIP

The Absentee Shawnee Housing Authority is partnering with Community Renewal of Pottawatomie County to build a "Friendship House" on Absentee land as part of what they call the "Good Neighbor Project." The Friendship House will sit on southeast corner of Bryan and Main, directly across the street from, Rolling Hills Addition the newest housing addition for Absentee Elders. When Absentee Shawnee Housing Authority Director, Sherry Drywater heard about Community Renewal's Friendship House Initiative, she saw an opportunity.

The Absentee Shawnee Housing Authority provides vital services to the community like low rent housing, transitional housing, college housing assistance, home rehabilitation, and much more. It is their goal to provide excellence in service by being committed to improving the housing conditions and related social, educational and economic aspects which affect the overall living conditions of the Native American community. "I see a lot of families struggling and needing support" Drywater said, "and once I learned about Community Renewal and their focus on family and caring for your neighbors, I knew that was exactly the type of partnership the Absentee Shawnee Housing program needed."

Friendship House is one initiative of Community Renewal where a home is built in an underserved neighborhood containing a large community room, where a Community Renewal staff member and his or her family live. Friendship House helps neighbors rebuild the caring infrastructure of that neighborhood and fosters beneficial relationships by working with local children, youth, and adults to help meet their needs while bringing valuable social services to the neighborhood. The Friendship House's community room will provide after-school activities and a safe place for kids in the Horace Mann and Pleasant Grove neighborhoods, GED (Hi-SET) programs, adult literacy classes, and other service that meet the needs of the neighborhood. "The Friendship House will benefit not only the tribal families we work with in the neighborhood, but all the families who live within this community," Drywater said.

Executive Director of Community Renewal, Brandon Dyer was thrilled to hear about The Absentee Shawnee Housing Authority's vision for the Horace Mann and Pleasant Grove neighborhoods. "The Absentee Shawnee Housing Authority, through Mrs. Drywater's leadership, wants to see these good, hard-working folks have what all of us want; a chance to live in a safe, caring community. No matter where we live, we do this by investing in meaningful relationships with our neighbors," Dyer says. "The Friendship House will be a presence of support to neighbors already working hard to achieve this goal. Community Renewal is proud to partner with ASHA through the 'Good Neighbor Project.'" 

Fundraising is currently underway, with hopes to break ground in 2018.

 Community Renewal

 

 

PAST ASHA EVENTS/ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

VACANCY 

ASHA currently has a rental unit located at 1604 Graystone, Shawnee, OK.  It is a three bedroom, 2 bath with a two car garage.  NO PETS ALLOWED.  Please call our office and speak with an Admissions and Occupancy Specialist for more information.  Click HERE to view our website listing.

ONAC MINI GRANT

ASHA has recently applied for a Mini Grant from the Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition and was awarded $2000.00 to help participants in our Mutual Help/Homeownership program attain self-sufficiency through receiving match funds from ASHA to either start a savings account or to contribute to an existing savings account that could be used for emergency housing situations.  Current participants of the Mutual Help/Homeownership program will be selected through a review process by housing management to be eligible to participate in the program.  Letters will be mailed out to eligible participants with instructions on how to participate in the program and will be limited to 10 households.  The program will run through March of 2018 or until funds are depleted and is based on a first come first serve basis.

 

ASHA OFFICES CLOSED

All of the ASHA offices will be closed on Friday, August 4, 2017, to observe Absentee Shawnee Day and will resume business on Monday, August 7, 2017.

 

2017 AMERIND REGIONAL SAFETY POSTER CONTEST WINNERS 

During the Summer meeting of the Southern Plains Indian Housing Association (SPIHA) AMERIND presented the Regional Safety Poster contest winners a certificate and a cash prize.  Among the winners was our own Neomi Trevino who won First place in the 4th-6th grade division.  She is pictured below with her prize. Congratulations Neomi!!!

 

 N trevino

 

 

 

 

HUD Site Visit

We were recently honored by a visit from the HUD Office of Native American Programs

Heidi Frechette, Deputy Assistant Secretary

Wayne Sims, Administrator &

Michelle Tinnin, Native American Programs Specialist



They visited our newest development site, Rolling Hills Addition and our new Transitional Housing Triplex.  Both are located in Shawnee.

 

HUD visit HUD visit 2 HUD visit 3

HUD visit 4 HUD visit 5

 

 

 

Please call the office for Vacancy inquiries in the Wanette area.

  

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