GHA consists of 60 Public Housing Units. The Authority was established, by the United States Housing Act of 1937. The Glenarden Housing Authority (Hawkins Manor 1&11) is a Public Housing development with a family demographic consisting of low, very low, moderate- income, elderly and disabled families and individuals. The development has 16 single level units (for the elderly, disabled and physically challenged individuals and families) and 44 two-story town house units. The development also has 13 residents with documented disabilities.
In addition to the residential buildings, the development also has two onsite non-dwelling buildings that accommodate the main office building and the maintenance shop. The Glenarden Housing Authority is located within the geographical boundaries of 8506 to 8652 Fulton Avenue, 2910 to 2920 Reed Street, 8602 to 8608 Irvin Avenue and 8607 to 8637 Glenarden Parkway, Glenarden, Maryland.
The development was built in 1969 and has continued to operate and function as a housing opportunity to low- and moderate-income families as well as elderly and disabled persons.
At Glenarden Housing Authority, we are dedicated to fostering a thriving and inclusive residential environment that empowers individuals and families to build a foundation for a brighter future. Our mission is to provide safe, affordable, and sustainable housing while cultivating a sense of community, dignity, and opportunity for all residents. We are committed to creating a welcoming and supportive atmosphere that promotes social cohesion, educational achievement, and economic empowerment. Through collaboration with residents, local organizations, and public partners, we strive to enhance the quality of life, promote self-sufficiency, and break down barriers to create a place that residents proudly call home.
Achieving the mission statement for a public housing community involves a multifaceted approach that addresses various aspects of community development, social support, and sustainability. Here are steps to help realize the goals outlined in our mission statement:
- Community Engagement and Input:
- Foster open communication channels with residents to understand their needs, concerns, and aspirations.
- Hold regular community meetings, surveys, or forums to gather feedback and involve residents in decision-making processes.
- Safety and Security:
- Implement and maintain robust security measures to ensure the safety of residents.
- Collaborate with local law enforcement agencies and community policing initiatives.
- Establish neighborhood watch programs to enhance community safety.
- Affordable Housing Initiatives:
- Continuously work towards maintaining and expanding affordable housing options.
- Explore partnerships with government agencies, nonprofits, and private organizations to secure funding for housing projects.
- Regularly assess and update rent policies to ensure affordability for residents.
- Community Building and Social Programs:
- Develop and support community centers or gathering spaces for residents to interact and build relationships.
- Organize social and educational programs, workshops, and events that promote a sense of community.
- Encourage the formation of resident-led committees or groups to address specific needs and interests.
By systematically implementing these steps, the Glenarden Housing Authority community can work towards achieving its mission statement and creating a vibrant, supportive, and sustainable living environment for our residents.