SHA 75th Milestone Gala
7:04 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Gala for Syracuse Housing Authority Celebrates Home and Assistance to Help Residents

This newly constructed home in Syracuse might not look like public housing...but it is. Listen to Shondar Byrd's story.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

  The Syracuse Housing Authority is marking its 75th year, reflecting back as one of the oldest and largest per-capita housing agencies in the nation.  SHA Executive Director Bill Simmons hopes to use the event to raise money for educational and vocational opportunities that might help end generational poverty for his residents.

WAER's Chris Bolt reports the upcoming "Milestone Gala" will focus on tenants past and present, as well as the changes in public housing.

Single mother Shondar Byrd is featured in this story about some of the aspects of current public housing in Syracuse.

SHA provides this space for the Somali Bantu Community Association. Hear Omar Ahmed's involvement.
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HISTORY OF THE SHA AND ITS LOCAL RESIDENCES

Some SHA hosing goes back to 1938, just 3 years after the agency was created by the Common Council.  Click here for a brief history and tour.

The Syracuse Housing Authority is turning 75...and has a celebration planned for next week.  Like many agencies, the S-H-A is trying to do more with less...and WAER's Chris Bolt reports that challenge is exacerbated by a growing diversity of residents and mission.

Somali Refugee Omar Ahmed and Single Mother Laresha Boyd talk about hos SHA has meant more int heir lives than just housing, as the agency tries to create opportunity to end generational poverty.
Charles Todd Eastwood Heights is a Syracuse Housing Authority residence for mainly elderly...it's also Laresha Boyd's path to a new future through a job there.
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The Syracuse Housing Authority's 75th Milestone Gala takes place April 4th at the Oncenter.  Information is at Syracusehousing.org/75th