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2017 Poster Contest

Don't forget that January marks the official start of Housing America’s 2017 "What Home Means to Me" poster contest. This contest encourages youth in grades K-12 living in assisted & affordable housing maintained by a NAHRO member to artistically express what having a safe, quality, affordable home means to them.

National NAHRO has changed their "What Housing Means to Me" poster contest rules to allow for more involvement on the chapter & regional levels. Since the NorCal/Nevada Chapter has only one conference a year, your NorCal/Nevada Board chose to participate this year by kicking off the poster contest at the Napa conference. All participating housing authorities must either bring their agency's winning entries for each age group to this week's Chapter conference OR have their entries mailed to the Napa Valley Marriott at 3425 Solano Avenue, Napa, CA 94558 for receipt by Sunday, January 22nd by 12 p.m. Then, the Chapter will select a winner from each age group to be submitted to the PSWRC's regional contest as part of the regional conference in May. During the PSWRC's Annual Conference, Chapter winning posters will be judged & it will be these winning posters that will then be submitted to National NAHRO as part of the national poster contest.

The PSWRC had winners this year which are included in the 2016 calendar & we want to continue to be represented in the calendar from year to year. Please encourage the children in your area to participate!

Here are the rules:

· Theme - "What Home Means to Me"

· Size - No larger than 22" x 28"

· Media - Contestant may use any art media (marker, crayon, paint, collage, textiles, etc.), but please consider that posters will need to be packaged, mailed and reproduced.

· All non-attending conference agency entries must be mailed flat to the Napa Valley Marriott, 3425 Solano Avenue, Napa, CA 94558 by 12 PM, January 22nd.

· All contestants must sign a release making their entry the property of NAHRO and permitting duplication/publication thereof. The release should be secured to the back of the entry.

· All contestants are asked to provide a short narrative on the inspiration, vision and importance of their poster design. The narrative should be secured on the back of the entry.

· Contestants name, grade level and housing authority must be written on the back of the each entry in addition to being listed on the release form also attached to the entry.

· NAHRO is only responsible for returning the original poster to the national grand prize winner. NAHRO is not responsible for returning poster unless otherwise contacted by October 1.

Eligibility and Selection Categories:

Contest participation is open to all children residing in affordable housing assisted directly or supported under community development and affordable housing programs administered by a NAHRO member authority (i.e., public or Section 8-assisted housing CDBG, HOME, LIHTC).

A submission must be created by only one person. Entries created by two or more people will not be accepted.

Age Categories:

Elementary - K to 5th grade
Middle - 6th to 8th grade
High – 9th to 12th grade

Let those "budding" artists shine & DON'T MISS OUT on this opportunity to get your agency the recognition it deserves!


Beth Campbell
Housing Authority of the County of Contra Costa
925-957-8045
ecampbell@contracostahousing.org