Housing Authority of the City of Bristol Receives National and Local Awards for Contributions

The Housing Authority of the City of Bristol (BHA) recently received several awards from notable national and local organizations
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BRISTOL, Conn. - Nov. 25, 2019 - PRLog -- The Housing Authority of the City of Bristol (BHA) was recently honored by The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) and the New England Regional Council of NAHRO (NERC) with the NAHRO 2019 Award of Merit and the NERC Award of Excellence in Program Innovation and Resident and Client Services. Both awards recognized BHA's College Prep Program for middle and high schoolers and adults seeking higher education.

The program offers students and their families an ongoing college counseling seminar that engages them in a college search curriculum.

Tyrone Black, Ed.D. of T. Carlton Educational Consulting, LLC in New Britain, Conn., who is donating his time to BHA to run these sessions, said at the outset: "The goal of this College Prep Program is to generate enough family interest within BHA to design a college fair and interviewing session for students and families. We expect several colleges to attend in the first year."

On June 5, 2019, BHA received the Bristol Chamber of Commerce's Outstanding Community Service Award.

BHA Chief Executive Officer Mitzy Rowe stated, "We are now seeing the fruits of our efforts of the past several years. With increased school attendance, many of our residents are going on to college and graduating; many have purchased their first home, others have purchased their first car to provide transportation to their jobs.

Bristol's Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu commented, "The city values its strong working relationship with BHA. They participate with our Code Enforcement team, the Police Department, the Board of Education, and encourage involvement from many other groups. We were thrilled to see them recognized."

"Congratulations to the Bristol Housing Authority team for opening the door to endless opportunities for residents through their college prep programs," said David Tille, HUD New England Regional Administrator.

A fourth award came from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (The NAACP). The Bristol Branch of the NAACP recently presented BHA with its Community Service Award.  The NAACP Bristol Branch President Lexie Mangum said, "Sometimes we need to take time and say thank you to those that poured themselves into the community."

For more information on the Housing Authority of the City of Bristol, www.bristolhousing.org, or telephone Michael Kavanaugh at 860-585-2035.

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