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MHA Housing Tribune - December 2021

Housing Tribune - December 2021

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A Holiday Message from Monroe Housing Authority!

December brings with it a celebration of Christmas, Kwanza, and Hanukkah as well as many other cultural, religious, and familial activities. No matter how you choose to celebrate, the theme this month seems to center around sharing time, gifts, food, love, and customs with family, friends, co-workers, business partners, and even strangers!

The staff at Monroe Housing Authority wishes a holiday of abundance in all areas for our residents, our partners our entire community. May your new year be filled with good health, happiness and provide avenues to fulfilling your dreams.  

Happy Holidays from the Monroe Housing Authority. 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

ROSS is Here!

What does ROSS mean? Residents Opportunities and Self Sufficiency

How can the ROSS program help you?

  • Home Ownership
  • Education
  • Career Readiness
  • Youth & Family Services
  • Money Management
  • Health Services
  • Food & Nutrition Services
  • Goal Setting 
  • And More!!!

Sign Up Today!

For more information contact Johnnie Reed at (704) 989-6049

The Monroe Housing Authority's ROSS Program offers supportive services to our Public Housing residents. Imagine being able to increase your income, enhance your life goals, or overall becoming self-sufficient. Through ongoing one-on-one case management, the ROSS Coordinator will assist ROSS Program participants in assessing barriers that may hinder self-sufficiency and, help them create goals to achieve success. Whether career advancement, furthering education, or basic life skills, the ROSS Program is here for you. To get started, visit our website at to complete the form. Submit your ROSS Assessment before January 15, 2022, to receive a gift card.

ROSS Is Here Flyer



New Staff Member - Tarquin Rieder - HCV Manager

Monroe Housing Authority would like to introduce the newest member to our team, Tarquin Rieder, as the Housing Choice Voucher Manager.

Tarquin is originally from Scarborough, England. He has lived in the United States since 2005. He has been in affordable housing since 2000. Mr. Rieder was the Project Based Specialist with the Charlotte Housing Authority. He has also been the Portability Specialist and Lead Housing Advisor.

Mr. Rieder enjoys traveling with his wife and they enjoy visiting different small towns in the Carolinas.  He also enjoys practicing Yoga to keep active.

To contact Mr. Rieder you can call 704-289-2514 ext. 32

Tarquin Rieder Headshot



Enhanced Website Features for Monroe Housing

Website Update Launched for Monroe Housing Authority

Monroe Housing Authority launched their updated responsive website 4Q 2019 ( The website was created by Brooks Jeffrey Marketing, Inc. (

The upgraded website includes the addition of:

Custom Forms - allows residents to submit information securely to MHA staff. 

Forms include:

Additional forms will be added regularly. 

Some of the features/functions on the new website include:

  • News Sort Feature
    • Sort news by year and categories; CARE, ROSS, Landlords, and Resident Services
  • Enhanced Contact Form
    • The general contact form now features a drop-down menu allowing inquiries to be submitted by topic category, allowing responses to be handled in a timely manner by MHA staff.

All residents, landlords, and the general public are encouraged to visit the website and sign up for news & notifications. Website administrators will be able to publish important information including upcoming events, news, and more to those who have subscribed. The new website will be updated continually with new information that will benefit all residents, landlords, and the public at large.

For more information about the Monroe Housing Authority website, please contact Anna McRae, Executive Director at 704-289-2514.

Brooks Jeffrey Marketing, based in Mountain Home, Arkansas, was awarded the contract for the upgraded website. Established in 1984, Brooks Jeffrey Marketing provides integrated marketing solutions: advertising, branding, photography, public relations, promotional items, websites & social media campaigns to businesses, government entities & non-profits throughout the US. Brooks Jeffrey offers customized integrated marketing solutions to Housing Authorities.

For more information, contact:
Anna McRae, Executive Director
504 Hough Street, Monroe, NC 28112

Three Ways to Cut Your Heating Costs
  1. Always wear socks. If your feet are cold the rest of your body will be cold.
  2. Close your curtains when it's dark outside. Curtains keep your heat from escaping through the windowpanes.
  3. Lower your thermostat in the winter and keep it higher in the summer. Of course, the thermostat level determines how much energy is being used and usage determines the amount of your bill.

Key Things to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines

What You Need to Know

  • Everyone ages 5 and older can get vaccinated against COVID-19. Learn how to find a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • COVID-19 vaccines are effective at helping protect against severe disease and death from the virus that causes COVID-19, including known variants currently circulating (e.g., Delta variant).
  • The benefits of COVID-19 vaccination outweigh the known and potential risks, which are rare.
  • As with other routine vaccines, side effects may occur after vaccination. These are normal and should go away within a few days.
  • People who are fully vaccinated can resume many activities they did before the pandemic. However, people should wear a mask indoors in public if they are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
  • If you received a Pfizer-BioNTech (ages 12 and older) or Moderna (ages 18 and older) mRNA COVID-19 vaccine primary series and have a moderately to severely compromised immune system, you should receive an additional primary dose of the same mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days after the second dose.
  • Everyone ages 18 years and older who are fully vaccinated are eligible to receive a booster shot.
  • Unlike many medications, the COVID-19 vaccine dosage does not vary by patient weight but by age on the day of vaccination.
  • People can get a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines, including the flu vaccine, at the same time.

Key Things to Know About COVID19 Vaccine