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Housing Authority Agency Plan

The Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz has prepared a draft Agency Plan in accordance with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requirements. The proposed plan is available for review and inspection during normal business hours at the following location: Housing Authority office, 2160 41st Avenue, Capitola, CA 95010. The plan is also available on our website. The Housing Authority invites public comment on the draft. The Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the Agency Plan at 11:30 am on March 20, 2019, at the Housing Authority office main conference room. Public comment can be made at the public hearing or by submitting comments in writing prior to March 20, 2019 to the Board of Commissioners, Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz, 2160 41st Ave., Capitola, CA 95010. Phone: 831-454-9455; TDD: 831-475-1146.

Art Contest: “What Home Means to Me”

The Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz invites all children and youth (grades Kindergarten through 12th grade) who are residing in assisted housing to create a poster on what home means to them. We will award three winners, one for each school-age group, with a $50 gift card for art and school supplies, an annual family membership to the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (MAH), and a framed copy of their poster. We will also frame a copy of the winning posters to hang in our office lobby, and submit the original copies into a national contest!    Twelve national winners will receive a $100 Visa gift card, and the grand prize winner will be awarded an iPad, and a trip with a family member to Washington, D.C. where he or she will be honored at a national conference and receive a tour of Capitol Hill.

School-Age Groups:
Elementary – K to 5th grade;
Middle – 6th – 8th grade;
High – 9th – 12th grade

  • Theme – “What Home Means to Me”
  • Size – All posters must be 22” x 28” flat enough to mail
  • Media – Contestants may use any art media (marker, crayon, paint, collage, textiles, etc.), but please consider that posters will need to be packaged, mailed and reproduced
  • Provide a short written description on “What Home Means to Me.” Sign the permission/release form.

Questions? Please call Kate at (831)454-9455.

Due Date: January 17, 2019

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Concurso de Arte: “Que significa para mí el hogar”

La Autoridad de Viviendas del Condado de Santa Cruz invita a todos los niños y jóvenes (grado Kindergarten a 12 grado) que residen en viviendas subsidiadas a crear un póster sobre qué significa para mi el hogar. Tendremos tres ganadores, uno por cada grupo de edad escolar, con una tarjeta de regalo de $50 para artículos de arte y escolares, una membresía anual al Museo de Arte e Historia de Santa Cruz (MAH) para la familia, y una copia enmarcada de su póster. Tambien enmarcaremos una copia de los posters ganadores y los colgaremos en nuestra oficina y enviaremos las copias originales a un concurso nacional! Doce ganadores nacionales recibiran una tarjeta de regalo Visa de $100, y el ganador del premio mayor recibirá un iPad y un viaje con un miembro de la familia a Washington D.C., donde el o ella será honrado/a en una conferencia nacional y recibirán un recorrido por el Capitolio.

Grupos de edad escolar:
Primaria: de K a 5º grado
Intermedia: de 6º a 8º grado;
Secundaria: de 9º a 12º grado.

  • Tema – “Qué significa para mí el hogar”
  • Tamaño – todos los pósters deben medir 22×28 pulgadas, planos suficientemente para enviar por correo
  • Medios – el concursante puede usar cualquier medio astístico (marcadores, crayolas, pintura, collage, textiles, etc.) pero por favor consideren que los pósters tienen que ser empaquetados, enviados por correo y reproducidos.
  • Proporcione una breve descripción escrita de “Qué significa para mi el hogar”. Firme el formulario de permiso/autorización

Preguntas? Por favor llame a Kate al (831) 454-9455

Fecha para entregar el Póster: antes del 17 de enero de el 2019


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Landlord and Property Management Workshop

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