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Residents of Housing Authority of Covington Properties Graduate High School

From the Housing Authority of Covington:

The Housing Authority of Covington (HAC) is elated to announce 11 residents successfully graduated High School from Holmes and Taft High School in 2013. Each student has worked extremely hard to achieve this great milestone.

HAC hosted a celebratory dinner for each graduate and their family on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 to show them our support and appreciation. HAC was pleased to have HAC - Executive Director, Aaron Wolfe-Bertling, CIPS Superintendent Lynda Jackson, HAC - Director of Resident Services, Chris Bradburn and Program Manager, Jon Adkins as the evening's guest speakers and moderator.

Every graduate has different visions and ambitions for the future. Some are off to College and some are off to the workforce. However, each of them are going to accomplish great things by dreaming and believing in themselves. The graduates have goals and dreams to become a cosmetologist, nurse, artist, and even a broadcaster.

Other News from HAC:

Self-Sufficiency

The Housing Authority Board of Commissioner's Annual Retreat was held in April 2013 with a focus on developing a shared definition of "self sufficiency" and a discussion on how we can implement this concept at the Authority. 

On June 19, 2013 the Board adopted the following as the Housing Authority's definition of Self Sufficiency:

Families holding themselves accountable to secure the tools and resources needed for breaking the cycle of poverty and providing a future not dependent on government assistance. 

Hope VI Evaluation (River's Edge at Eastside Pointe)

John Gilderbloom, PhD, is the third party evaluator for the HOPE VI Jacob Price Revitalization Project in Covington.  Dr. Gilderbloom is responsible for evaluating both the successes and shortcomings of  the HOPE VI project.  He is to evaluate the project annually from 2011 - 2015.  Thus far, Dr. Gilderbloom has issued two evaluation reports for 2011 and 2012, both of which can be viewed on the Housing Authority of Covington's website at www.hacov.org.  The third evaluation is planned during July and August of 2013.  

The Evaluation Team consists of Dr. Gilderbloom, Wesley Meares, Kela Ivonye, and Zack Schwagger.  Evaluators will examine various data sources to gage progress to-date on the HOPE VI project, including but not limited to: property values, business starts, tax revenue, crime data, and resident outcomes.  Dr. Gilderbloom also hopes to interview local service providers for their feedback on the HOPE VI project. 

Dr. Gilderbloom is a Professor of the Graduate Program in Urban and Public Affairs at the University of Louisville and is Director at the Center for Sustainable Neighborhoods.  Recently, Dr. Gilderbloom was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Louisville, in part, for his research on the Covington HOPE VI project.  Dr. Gilderbloom competed against approximately 1200 other faculty to win this prestigious award.   

Dr. Gilderbloom is seen in this photo meeting with his Evaluation Team and members of the Covington HOPE VI CSS Team on July 2, 2013.

Photo: HAC residents graduate high school/Provided