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MHA Housing Tribune - March 2021

March 2021

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March is Women's History Month - commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.

Womens History Month

Women word collage

International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the historical, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also is a day of action in support of taking action against gender inequality around the world. We all know the world couldn't run without women (we mean, just listen to Beyoncé). This is the day to appreciate their efforts! Organizations large and small come together to show women just how valuable they are in today's society.

Nat Credit Education Month

March is National Credit Education Month which means there is no better time to educate yourself and others on the importance of understanding the ins and outs of your credit score. Did you know that one in five Americans find errors on their credit reports and that more than 90% of home and auto insurers use credit ratings to decide who to cover and what premiums to charge? It's for these reasons you should actively monitor your credit score as well as educate yourself on how to properly manage it. Let's get started.

National Nutrition Month

"Let thy food be thy medicine," said Hippocrates (a long, long time ago), but the sentiment still rings true. National Nutrition Month, celebrated in March, stresses the importance of a balanced diet and exercise. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics promotes the transformative powers of healthy food choices. The Academy encourages using a registered dietician in order to develop and stick with a healthy eating plan.

Stress Awareness Month

Stress can be debilitating, and it can cause and/or aggravate health problems. And since stress is a normal part of human existence - nobody is immune to it - it's important to arm ourselves with knowledge so that we recognize when stress rears its ugly head. (Amazingly, we don't always notice it's happening to us.) Stress Awareness Month happens each April. It's important to learn some strategies for coping with this particular silent scourge. You've come to the right place for that. Let's get started!



Free Food Box Give Away

To download the flyer, which includes all information listed below, click here.

In Partnership:

  • Produce Alliance
  • New Covenant Community Development Center
  • Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church
  • Union County Government

Tuesday, March 2, 2021  2pm-5pm

Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church
503 Maurice Street, Monroe, NC 28112

Front Parking Lot

Approximately 1,100 boxes of food will be given to Union County families in need each Tuesday, starting March 2 through March 23, at Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church. The total of 4,400 food boxes have been generously donated by Produce Alliance and will be distributed by Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church in the church parking lot (503 Maurice Street, Monroe) for the next four Tuesdays between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Union County is proud to assist with the distribution effort.
Any individual or family in need is welcome to drive-through and receive a box(es) of food which includes dairy products, fresh produce, and precooked protein. No advance registration is necessary.

Additionally, Resourceful Clinical Laboratories will be at the church in the rear parking lot offering free drive-thru testing for COVID-19 on March 2.

For more information call 704-283-6342

food give away collage showing box handout

Free Mammograms

To download the flyer, which includes all information listed below, click here.

Monroe Housing Authority has partnered with Atrium Health to provide FREE mammograms.

Atrium Health Mobile Mammograms

750 Maurice Street
Monroe, NC 28112

March18th, 2021

8am - 3pm

For info contact Johnnie Reed via email, phone, and or text at (704) 989-6049.



Welcome to Medicaid Managed Care

Welcome to Medicaid Managed Care

We understand you might have some questions about Medicaid Managed Care and what it means for you.

We have people with Medicaid get yearly checkups, shots and immunizations, prescription drugs and additional value-added services. Medicaid Managed Care also means that you will be able to choose a Health Plan to help you.

Have more questions? We're here to help.
Call toll-free 1-800-349-1855, TTY 711
or visit
To enroll, visit
Or call 1-833-870-5500,
TTY 1-833-870-5588

Your Medicaid Managed Care Partner

Your Medicaid Managed Care partner in health

Everyone deserves affordable health care. Including you.
We help people get the free or low-cost health care they need.

This includes working adults, families, people with disabilities, pregnant women and children. You may qualify too. Good health comes from more than just good health care. We're committed to making a difference in each member's life. We take great pride in the quality of service we provide our members in the communities we serve. We look forward to serving you.

Find out if you're eligible
UnitedHealthcare Community Plan Medicaid may be available to people who are:

  • Blind or disabled.
  • Infants and children under the age of 21.
  • Low-income individuals and families.


Get the care you need, when you need it
We offer a wide choice of doctors and hospitals. There are no costs to you for most benefits and services.

  • Choice of doctor
  • Vision
  • Prescription drugs

Get Rewarded for doing good things for your health.
Plus, our health and wellness programs support your efforts.

  • Preventative services
  • Member Rewards programs
  • QuitlineNC program

Moms and kids get even more
Get extra help for you and your children

  • Pregnancy care
  • Healthy First Steps rewards program
  • Youth Club membership
  • Weight Watchers program

Get the benefits you need and the care you deserve

Get the benefits you need and the care you deserve.

Extra benefits only from UnitedHealthcare Community Plan Medicaid
We know that healthcare is a large part of your life. We're here to help make things a little easier. That's why our health plan includes so many extras for your health and everyday life.


  • Life skills training and 3 round trip employment rides.
  • Members 18 and older can get free GED Exam Voucher and materials (up to $160).


  • Free breast pump.
  • Up to $100 in rewards for baby products.


  • Up to $75 yearly in rewards.
  • 13-week voucher for WeightWatchers.
  • $100 yearly value in alternative healing, massage therapy, acupuncture.
  • Up to $75.00 yearly for Youth Club Membership, for qualified members under the age of 19.
  • A hypoallergenic mattress cover and pillowcase for asthma.

Plus Get Even More

  • Free cell phone with 350 minutes per month, free texts.
  • Free home meal delivery up to 14 days.
  • Online member portal to manage health, access health history, track doctor visits. Includes a live "Nurse Chat" option.
  • Free mobile app that connects Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) accounts, provides balances, stores that accept SNAP and much more.

Questions? We're here to help.
For more detailed information or to request a service, please call Member Services at 1-800-349-1855. TTY 711 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

CCHRO Scholarship Packet Info

March 2, 2021

TO: All NC Executive Directors/Resident Initiatives Coordinators

FROM: Vivian B. Perry, North Carolina CCHRCO Scholarship Committee Chairperson

SUBJECT: 2021 CCHRCO Scholarship Packet

The Scholarship Committee is pleased to forward to everyone the guidelines and application for the 2021 year. This year we will be awarding the following scholarships:

  • Five CCHRCO scholarships for $1,000 per year for one year.
  • One SERC scholarship for $1,000 per year for one year.
  • One SERC scholarship for $1,500 per year for one year.

  • This program is help funded by:
    Triangle Community Foundation Endowment Fund

Please be sure to read all the guidelines and instructions carefully and submit only complete applications. All supporting documents must be submitted with the application in order to be considered. Also, please do not forget your letter of sponsorship for the applicants.

Applications AND supporting documents must be received at the following address: Vivian B. Perry, Kinston Housing Authority, P. O. Box 697, Kinston, NC  28502.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me at: 252-686-6104 or email me.

General Conditions

  1. In order to qualify for payment of the scholarship, the applicant must enroll in a one, two or more year course at a school of higher learning (college, university, trade school, nursing school, etc.) and the funds will be disbursed by that school. The funds may be used for tuition, books and/or room and board.
  2. In the event the winner is not accepted at the designated school, or an acceptable alternate, or does not remain in school to utilize the full scholarship or part thereof, it or the remaining portion will be offered to the first runner-up and succeed down the line.

General Requirements

  1. All required information shall be submitted in original with one (1) copy.
  2. All required information may be handwritten or typed.
  3. The following information material is required:
    1. Letter of character recommendation. Recommendations from the community or religious organization, employer or academic reference. Letters of recommendation may not come from family members.
    2. One letter from the sponsoring Housing Authority outlining their reasons for selecting the applicant to compete for a scholarship
    3. An unofficial transcript from high school and/or the academic institution the applicant is currently attending.
    4. An essay containing a minimum of 750 and a maximum of 1,000 words to answer the following questions: (1) Where do you see yourself in the next four years and how will this scholarship help you to achieve those goals? (2) What are you doing now to achieve those goals? If you have any unusual circumstances that you would like the scholarship committee to consider, please include them in your essay.
    5. One photograph of the applicant (suitable for publication)

CCHRCO Beyond Scholarship 2021

Beyond scholarship flyer

High School Seniors, APPLY NOW!
Application Deadline April 30th

Inviting CCHRCO Applicants, BEYOND SCHOLARSHIP 2021 for Affordable Housing Residents

Calling All Creative Thinkers, Change-Makers, Innovators...

As a national, award-winning leader in design, branding, marketing, website and app development for the affordable housing industry, Brooks Jeffrey has built a legacy of innovation by recognizing and developing outstanding talent. We value education and its transformative power. We encourage others to push BEYOND what's expected to change lives, communities, and ideals.

The BEYOND Scholarship is available to current high school seniors who plan to enroll in a post-secondary institution.

Applicants must be residents of a CCHRCO member Housing Authority. An eligible recipient must be an immediate member of a family who has resided in publicly-assisted housing for a minimum of one, uninterrupted year.

A $500, one-time scholarship will be awarded to one student in both North and South Carolina. Awards are based on need, academic merit, community involvement, career goals, and a brief essay.

For More Information or to Apply Online please visit

COVID Vaccine

COVID Vaccine info (all details listed below)

You have a Spot. Take your Shot.
COVID-19 Vaccines: Take your best shot against COVID-19.

Protect yourself and everyone else.
Here's your shot to get back to the people and places you love.

You'll soon be able to take a safe vaccine that will protect you and others from getting COVID-19. It will be free of charge. Here's what you need to know:

  • Scientists had a head start. In fact, they built on years of work to develop the vaccine.
  • You cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine. And there were no serious safety concerns noted in clinical trials. You may have a temporary reaction like a sore arm, fever, headache, or feeling tired and achy for a day or two.
  • Millions of people in the U.S. have already received their COVID-19 vaccine.
  • It works. And you're protected. Vaccines were found to help prevent COVID-19 and are effective in preventing hospitalization and death.
  • Your privacy is protected at all times. No personal information will be sent to the CDC or ICE.
  • Supply will be limited at first. But everyone has a spot to take their shot.
  • Go to for information. You can also call the COVID-19 Vaccine Help Center toll-free at 1-888-675-4567. Find out about the vaccines and where you'll be able to take you best shot against COVID-19

Curb Appeal Policy Reminder

This letter is a friendly reminder regarding the curb appeal policy.

The information below is a reminder of what is expected of each resident regarding curb appeal:

All porches, roofs and yards must be free of any items that are not lawn or patio chairs. This means that there should not be buckets, tires, rakes, grills, rugs, batteries, trash, toys or household furniture on the porches, in the yards, or on the roofs. There should be no gas grills or propane tanks stored on the property at any time. This is a fire and safety hazard and presents a liability to the Housing Authority.

This policy will be enforced by the Housing Authority's Management staff by inspecting each community on a regular basis. When a unit is in violation, your door will be tagged, or you will receive a non-compliance notice giving you 24 hours to correct the problem on the first occurrence. After the first occurrence, if you are found to be non-compliant; you will be automatically charged a fine of $25. All inoperable vehicles must be removed from the premises. If vehicles are tagged for non-compliance, you will have 48 hours to remove it from the premises. If a vehicle is towed, it will be towed at the owner's expense.

All items on the front and back of your units must be removed except for the following:

  1. Front porch - Lawn or outdoor chairs, one small outdoor table
  2. Back - City of Monroe issued trash cans (not on the side of the unit)
  3. Back - One grill if applicable

If you have questions, please feel free to contact the management office.