Housing authority to honor community pillars

Jul. 10, 2013 @ 11:56 AM

Part of the High Point Housing Authority’s mission is to help public housing residents become self-sufficient.
Each summer, the agency bestows an honor on two of its former tenants in an effort to help it reach this goal.
Authority officials are accepting nominations for the agency’s Pillars of Fame honor. This is the eighth consecutive year the HPHA will grant the award to two former residents who “became successful leaders and pillars of the community,” officials said.
The award was established in 2005 by former authority Chief Executive Officer Robert Kenner, who based it on a similar initiative of the housing authority in Columbia, S.C.
The goal is to present positive, encouraging images and role models for the youth in HPHA communities.
“The nomination window will soon close, but there’s still a little time left to nominate an unsung individual who has risen above social beliefs,” housing authority CEO Angela McGill said of the awards. “We’ve already celebrated many outstanding honorees, each with a unique story and a passion for upward mobility and achievement. It’s clear that these individuals have enhanced the lives of their families, friends and communities.”
Each summer, a committee of authority staff and local volunteers select the winners from a pool of nominees. HPHA leaders believe that youth will be influenced by former public housing or Section 8 housing tenants who overcame obstacles and distinguished themselves in their professional careers and/or their community service endeavors, according to authority spokeswoman Rachael Matthews.
Past recipients of the honor include McGill, former City Councilman Albert A. Campbell, Pridell L. McCormick, Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes, Jerry Wayne Camp, Guilford County Commissioner Bruce Davis, Valda Boyd-Ford, Glenn Chavis, Mayor Bernita Sims, Keith McInnis, City Councilman Jeffrey Golden, Christopher Townsend, Estie Bennington and Alfred Poe.
The past winners’ pictures are permanently framed on the pillars at Astor Dowdy Towers on E. Green Drive.
Pillars of Fame nominees must:
• Be a former HPHA resident (Section 8 or public housing).
• Have a high school diploma or GED equivalent.
• Be “an outstanding community or civic leader.”
• Have served as a role model for family and community.
Visit www.hpha.net or call 878-2312 for a nomination form. The completed nomination packet should be mailed or delivered to the housing authority offices at 500 E. Russell Avenue, High Point, NC 27260, ATTN: Rachael Matthews, by noon on July 31.
This year’s winners will be honored on Sept. 18 at Astor Dowdy Towers. The event is open to the public.