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Kinston Housing Quarterly Newsletter - Fall 2021

2021 Poster Contest Winners

Congratulations to our poster contest winners, both at the KHA and state (CCHRCO) level in 2021!

This year's theme was, "What Home Means to Me" and these talented artists did a great job putting their ideas onto poster board!

Thank you to everyone who participated and the staff members who made this contest a success.

Ameriyana McNeil 1st Place

Ameriyana McNeil 6-8 KHA 1st Place

Jashon Carter CCHRCO 1st place

Jashon Carter K-5 CCHRCO 1st Place KHA 2nd Place

ZiMarion Jones 1st place

Zi'Marion Jones K-5 KHA 1st Place

Bryan Bouie-BJ 3rd Place

Bryan Bouie-BJ K-5 KHA 3rd Place

M'Kayla Jones k5

M'Kayla Jones K-5

Melvin Jones K5

Melvin Jones K-5

Tey'shawn Carter k5

Tey'shawn Carter K-5

Curtis McIver K5

Curtis McIver K-5

Join the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program Today!

Upcoming FSS Events:

Financial Literacy Class
Dec. 13, 2021, 10 AM - 12PM 
Carver Courts Training Room

Interested? Contact a FSS Coordinator today!

Public Housing: Tyree' Smith
252-523-1195 ext. 224

Section 8: Makeda Mateen
252-523-1195 ext. 226

KHA's Family Self-Sufficiency Program is a voluntary program for participants of the Public Housing and HCV (Section 8) programs. Its goal is to help families become financially and economically independent of welfare systems and government assistance.

Advantages Include:

  • Credit Counseling
  • Educational Goal Setting
  • Job Training
  • Homeownership Classes
  • Escrow Savings Accounts
  • Community Resources for Employment, Education, Child Care, Etc

Congratulations FSS Graduates!

Tamara Green FSS Graduate
Tamara Green
Section 8 FSS Program

Latayna Harper FSS
Latayna Harper
Public Housing FSS Program

Shatura Blount FSS Graduate
Shataura Blount
Section 8 FSS Program


You've Got Mail!

Statements, account notices, and important documents are sent to you throughout the month. Check your mailbox regularly to stay up-to-date!

Section 3

KHA is conducting an outreach effort to notify residents of potential employment opportunities with employers who may have training and employment positions available.

If you wish to be considered for future openings, please stop by Central Office (608 N. Queen St.) to pick up an application or call Tyree' Smith at 252-523-1195 ext. 244


  • Rent is DUE and payable the 1st of the month.
  • On the 6th day of the month, a $15 Late Fee is charged.
  • A Summons charge of $126 is applied to your rental balance 30 days after the Late Fee charge.
  • Once you have received 4 Summons Charges in a calendar year, (January 1 to December 31), you will be terminated from Public Housing.

Education & Training Resources/Job Search Assistance

Lenoir Community College
Education & Training Resources/Job Search Assistance

Simon Bright
901 East Bright Street.
Kinston NC 28501

1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

November 5, 2021
November 17, 2021
December 3, 2021
December 14, 2021
January 7, 2022

Carver Courts
301 E Bright Street
Kinston NC 28501

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

November 9, 2021
November 23, 2021
December 9, 2021
December 20, 2021
January 18, 2022

NC Works

Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request for individuals with disabilities. An equal opportunity employer and provider of training services.

Lenoir CC Event Flyer

Smoke Detector Memo from September 2, 2021

Smoke detectors in Jack Rountree and John C. Hood have a built-in carbon monoxide detector all-in-one. Simon Bright, Mitchell Wooten, Carver Courts, Richard Green, and Scattered Sites may have smoke detectors with/without carbon monoxide detectors. All detectors are in your apartment for your protection.

The new detectors at Jack Rountree and John C. Hood are Bluetooth and synced with one another. They also have a memory function that will inform KHA staff of an incident that has occurred, whether it detected "Fire, Smoke, or a High-Level Gas Leak." These detectors cannot be removed from the ceiling or disabled by pushing the circular button in the middle like older detectors. If the new detectors go off, you must call KHA maintenance to reset and sync them back together or you must allow it to go off on its own so that it may reset itself. These new detectors are very sensitive to any type of smoke or heat so smoking or burning incense will be detected. Keep your ovens clean as well because it may detect smoke or heat from the oven. Use your exhaust fan when cooking to reduce the chances of this occurring.

If we enter into any KHA apartment and the detectors are not synced or there is evidence of tampering, you will be charged $100 per occurrence and this may result in lease termination.
If the detectors go off, please call Kinston Housing Authority during working hours Monday-Thursday, 8:00 am-6:00 pm at 252-523-1195, ex. 233 and after hours for emergencies at (877) 290-2758. If you are in immediate danger such as a fire, call 911.

The $100.00 violation fee will be effective October 4, 2021. This will serve as your notice of the increase. If you have comments regarding this violation fee, you may mail or bring your written comments to Kinston Housing Authority, 608 N. Queen St., PO Box 697, Kinston, NC 28502.

For additional information, please contact your property manager.

Cook Safely!

Prevent Kitchen Fires

Did you know?

Cooking is the main cause of home fires and fire injuries. You can prevent cooking fires. Take these steps to keep your family safe!

� Stand by your pan:
If you leave the kitchen, turn the burner off.

� Watch what you are cooking:
Fires start when the heat is too high. If you see any smoke or the grease starts to boil, turn the burner off.

� Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove:
Then no one can bump them or pull them over.

� Keep a pan lid or baking sheet nearby:
Use it to cover the pan if it catches on fire. This will put out the fire.

For more information and resources, visit 

Just for Kids (and the young at heart, too!) The National Fire Protection Association offers videos and interactive games at

Sparky says..."Hear the BEEP where you sleep!"

  • Have working smoke alarms on every level of your home.
  • Have a working smoke alarm inside every bedroom.
  • Have a grown-up test your smoke alarms at least once a month.
  • Have a home fire escape plan with two ways out of every room and an outside meeting place.

FEMA cook safely Flyer

For Rent!


Qualifications: Age 62 and older or disabled/handicapped

Rent is based on your income

Applications can be picked up at the locations listed below or the Kinston Housing Authority's Central Office, 608 N. Queen St., Kinston, NC 28501.

Kinston Towers
511 N. Queen Street

Six Churches Plaza
107 Peyton Avenue

Roland L. Paylor Apartments
214 W. Washington Ave.

Capital Improvements

Simon Bright: Demolition (80 Apts.), Electrical (40 Apts.), & Roof Replacement- TBD

Mitchell Wooten: Roof Replacement- TBD

Jack Rountree: Roof Replacement- TBD

Kinston Towers, Six Churches, & Paylor: Site Improvements & Door Lock Replacement- TBD

Contact Us

Kinston Housing Authority
608 N. Queen St.

Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:00am - 5:30pm

Rhonda Abbott, Executive Director

Vivian Perry, Deputy Executive Director

Board of Commissioners

  • Robert Brown, Chairperson
  • Brooketah Banks, Vice-Chairperson
  • Robert Lang
  • Curtis Henderson
  • Anthony McGleen
  • Bill Johnson
  • Miltia Grady-Wheatley

Emergency Maintenance After Hours Number: 1-877-290-2758

TDD 1-800-735-2962