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914 4th Street South
Columbus, MS 39701
Move Out Notices
Our Resident Association assists in sharing Resident/Client concerns with the CHA administration.
Currently we have residents from each of our different sites serving as members to ensure compliance with HUD and our Agency Plan. Council Members are kept informed of CHA’s plans in terms of public housing funds and operations.
Residents are invited to contact the Main Administration office at 662-328-4236 if interested in more details or if interested in serving.Bylaws
Columbus Housing Resident Services Corner
As an effort to improve the quality of life for our residents here in the Columbus Housing Authority, we applied for a HUD Self-Sufficiency Grant and was awarded December 2018. The purpose of the grant is to provide funding to hire and maintain Service Coordinator(s) who will assess the needs of residents and coordinate available resources in the community to meet those needs. This program works to promote and coordinate the use of assistance under the Public Housing program with public and private resources, for supportive services and resident empowerment activities.
These services enable participating individuals and families to increase earned income, reduce or eliminate the need for welfare and public assistance, make progress toward achieving economic independence and housing self-sufficiency, or, in the case of elderly or disabled residents, help improve living conditions and enable residents to age-in-place.
To accomplish the goal of this program, we have hired Jacklyn Weir as our ROSS Coordinator to plan and coordinate educational classes, job fairs, healthy relationship workshops, trainings, health fairs, nutrition, computer classes, life skills, financial literacy and workforce development courses. She not only works directly with the tenants but also with our other Occupancy/ Resident Services Staff to ensure tenants are connected with services that will be of most benefit and assist with removing barriers that effect their levels of self-sufficiency.
Examples of ROSS Programs underway include: homeownership preparation, credit repair, financial literacy, parenting, healthy relationships, life skills, family oriented events, referrals to various agencies for temporary or immediate economic assistance, job readiness, employment and educational opportunities, health seminars along with acquiring resources that improve or meet familial needs within their home environments. Ways in which these services are made available is by the numerous partnerships between the Columbus Housing Authority, Chamber of Commerce members, local state agencies, faith-based entities, banks, schools, city, civic, community social service entities, law enforcement, hospitals, health clinics, fire department, Greek organizations, local universities MUW and MSU), community colleges ( EMCC, Communiversity) and various individuals.
The ROSS Program operates at our Shield Sims Site on the southside (directly across from the Friendship Cemetery) during both weekdays, evenings and some weekends. Also located within the same facility as our ROSS Program is the Families Resource Center which provides an array of educational programs, GED, Work Key, Alternative High School Diploma Program (NLRO) classes, trainings, one-on -one counseling/intakes, and various other outreach and support services that are free and available to the general public.
Both the ROSS and Family Resource Centers are equipped with computers that can be used by participants to search and apply for job opportunities, take online classes, complete exams, certifications, and locate resources. This is an opportunity for both housing authority tenants and local residents to invest in themselves and improve their quality of life. All services provided by the ROSS Program are for housing tenants only; Whereas, Families Resource Center services are free and available to anyone who wants to participate.
We have begun investing in our community by securing the grant and making the center available. Now it is their time to take advantage of these valuable opportunities and FREE resources by contacting the center, attending scheduled classes/ events and follow up on referrals made that will lead to a better future for themselves and their families. For more information, please call Jacklyn Weir at 662- 251-7426 or the Families Resource Center at 662-368-3603.
During the COVID Pandemic, service calls pertaining to appliances, heating cooling, electrical, gas, and plumbing will take priority. Routine service calls will be handled in the order in which they are received.
To place Maintenance Requests during normal business hours of 8:00 am-4:00pm call 662-328-4236.
Emergency Maintenance: After hours phone number for emergencies is 662-328-4236.
Maintenance staff is allowed to respond during non-business hours only to true emergency situations. Work order charges may be applied in certain cases. Emergency maintenance work orders are only for repair needs WHICH threaten life, health, or safety of a resident or could cause extreme damage to the property.
About Your Maintenance Needs
Our employees will be glad to assist you with any mechanical or equipment failures that occur. Please call the main office to report all work orders.
Emergency Maintenance Work is defined as heating, cooling, gas, water, and electrical lines. If you smell gas in your apartment, open the doors and windows, check to see if all burners are shut off and leave your apartment. Go to a neighbor's and call for help.
For water leaks or breaks, please cut off the water and begin to dry the floor to prevent water damage to walls and floors. For electrical lines down, do not go near the loose wires and keep children away. For no power in the apartment, make sure the power is not out in the entire project area before you take action.
If your air is not cooling, please cut it off to avoid further damages to the unit.
Please report maintenance problems immediately, do not wait until after 4:00 p.m. All repairs are to be made on the apartments by trained personnel from our staff. You must not make any type of repairs. If you find a dripping faucet, clogged drain, etc., please notify the maintenance office immediately and needed repairs will be made as quickly as possible. You will be required to pay for any damages to your apartment caused by any member of your family or guests.
Extra charges for damages by a willful act of negligence by the resident or any member of his family or guest will be assessed and is collectible in the same manner as rent. Residents are encouraged to take care of their apartment, so it will not be necessary for you to have to pay for damages.