The Resident Scholarship program, sponsored by Housing Authority Insurance Group, has been providing scholarships to public and housing choice voucher residents since 2003. In that time more than $680,000 has been awarded to over 270 students.

Using STARS Online, we will again be offering 50 Scholarships worth $2,500
each. The process is simple; go online and visit https://HAIGroup.STARSScholarshipsOnline.com/STARS/default.aspx select ‘Sign Up’ to create an account, then answer the questions and review the posted documents. By completely answering the questions, you will be entered into a drawing for a chance to be awarded one of the $2,500 scholarships.

How to qualify? You must have been a resident for at least six months of a housing authority that is a Member of Housing Authority Insurance, Inc. and be a US Citizen. Official rules and privacy policy are available online at https://HAIGroup.STARSScholarshipsOnline.com/STARS/default.aspx

Entries must be submitted by April 30, 2015.

Congratulations to Lesley Santana!

Each fall, Holyoke Community College recognizes the academic excellence of students who have achieved a 3.5 cumulative grade point average, or higher, after completing a minimum of 30 semester hours of work at HCC. These students are invited to join the international honor society Phi Theta Kappa and are recognized at Convocation.

Lesley Santana, a HHA Family Self- Sufficiency participant in the Foundations of Health program was honored for achieving a 3.65 GPA and was inducted into the honor society in her first semester at the college. She recently passed the pre-admission for the Nursing Program at HCC and will hear if she is accepted in April. This determined participant is also employed full-time at Holyoke Medical Center as a Medical Assistant.

We are so proud of all of her hard work and wish her continued success at HCC and beyond.

On Wednesday, the HHA took a big step toward helping our residents and the environment. The HHA executed a $2.4M contract which will allow the HHA to reduce its environmental impact by undertaking many energy conservation measures. The upgrades were selected with an eye toward not only reducing consumption of precious natural resources but also with improving the quality of life and comfort for our residents. We are happy to have partnered with Ameresco and HUD to make this program a reality.

Thanks to our commissioners and staff for having the vision to undertake such exciting impactful initiatives.