Monthly COVNA Meeting
At the February COVNA
meeting, Kent Bedell, Landlord Outreach Specialist with the Housing Authority
of the City of Austin (HACA), will speak to us about Section 8 Housing.
He will explain how the program works. It is designed to provide assistance
to families in need, while providing landlords with additional tenant
options. Several houses in the neighborhood are rented by tennents participating
in this program. You can learn about HACA at their website, http://www.hacanet.org/.
Please attend this meeting to hear the complete story and to have any
questions you may have, answered as completely as possible.
|HACA manages the Housing Choice Voucher/Section 8 Program that provides rent vouchers and certificates for almost 5,000 units of housing in Austin's private rental market. HACA pays a portion of the rent directly to the landlord. This program allows residents to choose the place in which they want to live.|
NOTES FROM THE
January’s meeting kicked off on a positive note as Doug DuBois
asked each attendee to introduce themselves and relate their neighborhood
experiences. Numerous interesting historical events and facts were described.
The City of Austin will host the Green Garden Festival at Zilker Botanical
Gardens from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 29. The event provides information
about how to implement beautiful, low-maintenance and environ-mentally
friendly landscapes. The speakers include: 1-1:40 p.m. Sheryl McLaughlin,
Garden Designs; 2-2:40 p.m. John Dromgoole, Organic Gardening; 3-3:40
p.m. Malcom Beck, Soil Tips. Outside demonstrations address landscape
materials; rainwater harvesting; least toxic garden products; pruning;
composting; mulch. Admission is free. Parking is available under the
MoPac Expressway bridge on Stratford Drive.
Notes from the Editor
I know you’re busy. I’m busy, and I’m
mostly unemployed, my kids pretty much take care of themselves (except
financially), and being disabled, don’t even spend time cleaning
up. I was certainly busier as a violinist in Austin’s symphony
and opera, freelancing as much as possible, acting as the symphony’s
personnel manager, and teaching the occasional lesson. I worked many
nights and it seemed difficult to spend the odd Monday evening here
and there going to COVNA meetings. But the times my wife and I dragged
ourselves there I was always fascinated by the experiences related by
the neighborhood “old-timers.” I hope to attain that lofty
status one day and hope many other “new-timers” like myself
will join in the fun and struggle of maintaining the integrity of this
great neighborhood. A small, dedicated core trade off the “glamorous”
jobs as officers of COVNA. New blood is always needed and highly appreciated
in organizations such as ours. Come to a meeting and bring a neighbor.
Edward Dillard, a COVNA resident, died tragically January 20th at the age of seventy. He was riding his motorcycle enjoying the Hill Country scenery near Kyle and was struck by a car as it skidded out of control. Ed graduated from Mississippi State University, and served 26 years in the US Air Force, receiving numerous medals and merits of award. He was a much appreciated neighbor, helpful and well-liked by many. He is survived by his companion, Joyce Lammers, a long-time COVNA resident.