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School-age children take part in arts and craft activity and received free backpacks during the Laurel Housing Authority’s Annual Back2School Event held on Friday at the LHS’s Townley Center.

Residents of the Laurel Housing Authority and community got a chance to have fun, receive free items for the start of the new school year as a part of the Laurel Housing Authority’s annual back to school event.

The local housing authority conducted its Annual Back2School Event on Friday at the LHA’s Townley Center located at 516 South 13th Avenue. The event included food, fun and health information and a free backpack and school supplies for all Laurel Housing Authority’s school-age residents.

Through the years, the Housing Authority has worked to ensure residents are prepared for the school year by providing back packs and supplies to families with school-age children. This year, the agency continued that tradition by conducting its Back2School Event to ensure that the young people and their families are ready for this school year.

Due to COVID-19, the Housing Authority and its partners also worked to encourage residents to exercise caution, strive to make healthy decisions, and to consider getting the COVID Vaccination.

Officials said the Back2 School Event which were coordinated by the Laurel Housing Authority and its R.O.S.S. Program, were a great success and helped to ensure that young people were prepared for school and aware of the health issues around them.

Also, during the event, young people played corn hole games, participated in arts and craft activities provided by the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art and received free books from the Laurel-Jones County Library. The housing authority also provided free food and refreshments for those in attendance.

The Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency (R.O.S.S.) is a program provided through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The R.O.S.S. Program of the Laurel Housing Authority’s mission is to promote self-sufficiency while strengthening residents by providing supportive services to meet their needs while aging in place.

Sponsors taking part in this annual event included South Central Regional Medical Center, South Mississippi Planning and Development District, the Laurel-Jones County Library, the Shafer Center for Crisis Intervention, the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art and the Laurel Family Health Center.

LHA ROSS Coordinators said the event is a great way to share with residents while providing them with a service. Ailrick Young, LHA Executive Director, said Housing Authority looks forward to sponsoring this worthwhile community event every year along with the support of the sponsors.

The Laurel Housing Authority’s mission is to provide and create affordable housing opportunities that promote and provide safe housing, self-sufficiency and viable productive communities for individuals and families within Laurel and Jones County.

Anyone wanting more information about the Housing Authority can call 601-425-4651.