Public housing residents win scholarships

Filed under DAYTONA BEACH

BY JAMES HARPER
DAYTONA TIMES

Scholarships were awarded Aug. 7 to two Daytona Beach students from the Florida Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (FAHRO) at the organization’s annual awards banquet in Orlando.

Attending the awards ceremony in Orlando were Karen King, Palmetto Park Neighborhood Networks Center Coordinator; Vanessa Mosely, mother of Cheyenne Avery; Anthony Woods, CEO, Housing Authority, City of Daytona Beach; award recipients Cheyenne Avery and Dontavius King; Lavetta King, mother of Dontavius King; and Pierre Louis, director of Daytona Neighborhood Networks Center.

Attending the awards ceremony in Orlando were Karen King, Palmetto Park Neighborhood Networks Center Coordinator; Vanessa Mosely, mother of Cheyenne Avery; Anthony Woods, CEO, Housing Authority, City of Daytona Beach; award recipients Cheyenne Avery and Dontavius King; Lavetta King, mother of Dontavius King; and Pierre Louis, director of Daytona Neighborhood Networks Center.

The local winners were Cheyenne Avery, a recent Spruce Creek High School graduate and Dontavius King, a recent Mainland Senior High graduate.  In attendance were the parents of both students, Vanessa Mosely, mother of Cheyenne, and Lavetta King, mother of Dontavius.

The event is a hosted each year by housing and redevelopment professionals that work with affordable housing throughout the state.

Partnership with UNCF
The awards were announced and presented at the association’s annual convention and trade show in Orlando.

King will be attending Bethune-Cookman University and majoring in nursing.  Avery plans to major in culinary arts.

FAHRO partnered with the United Negro College Fund to make the dream of attending college a reality. The scholarship is for high school seniors and graduates who are residents of federally assisted housing or recipients of assistance through the Community Development Block Grant program in Florida.

Each student was required to provide a list of honors or awards received, unpaid volunteer work, community service and leadership activities performed during the award year.

Each candidate wrote a short essay on the impact public housing has had on their lives.

About the centers
The youth have volunteered at the Daytona Neighborhood Networks Centers. The Daytona Neighborhood Networks Centers is a program within the Daytona Beach Housing Development Corporation (DBHDC), which is under the leadership of Joyours Pete Gamble, CEO.

The DBHDC works in partnership with the Housing Authority of the City of Daytona Beach (HADB), which is under the leadership of Anthony E. Woods, CEO.

This unique partnership between the two separate entities created the Daytona Neighborhood Networks Centers, which operates from three branch locations.

The Daytona Neighborhood Networks Centers’ three branches are located at Pine Haven Neighborhood Networks Center, 101 Carl Brinkley Circle; Palmetto Park Neighborhood Networks Center, 704 Hawk St.; and the Northwood Village Center located at 1200 Ninth St., Holly Hill.

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