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Kinston Housing Quarterly Newsletter- Summer 2022

Nyviair Davis Awarded Multiple Scholarships

Nyviair Davis wins multiple scholarships.

Nyviair Davis, a Section 8 resident, won multiple scholarships from housing organizations and affiliates. Nyviar graduated from Kinston High School and will attend NC A&T State University in Greensboro, NC. Nyviair was very active in school and in the community. At Kinston High, he played basketball and was a member of The National Honor Society.

Nyviair was awarded $4,500 in scholarships from the following housing organizations/affiliates: Kinston Housing Authority $1,000, SERC-NAHRO $1,500, ECAHRO $1,500, and BrooksJeffrey Marketing, Inc. $500.


Jack Rountree Field Day

Volunteers and participants enjoy the day.Children participating in the sack race.Children participating in the egg race.Children participating in the 3-legged race.   

Police officers join the fun.

School is out, the children are bored with nothing to do and the temperatures outside are blazing, so what do you do?  Kinston Housing knows how to have fun and is committed to keeping the kids engaged during the summer months. The coordinators of the Jack Rountree Youth Empowerment Program, Fred and Kacci Graham, along with the property manager, Dawn Whitfield, wanted to give the kids an old school experience that some have never had.  Thus the Jack Rountree Annual Field Day was born.

In July 2022, Kinston Housing held their 1st Annual Field Day. The children had 13 events to choose from ranging from single person events like the 40 Yard Dash, Egg Race, Potato Sack Race, Softball Throw, and Obstacle Course to the multiple person events such as Hungry, Hungry Hippos, 3-Legged Race, Drop & Pop Relay, Baton Relay Race and the classic Tug of War.

The kids ran, hopped, and maneuvered their way across a painted field of six lanes with Start and Finish lines.  The excitement on their faces and cheering from their peers was a release of a long, hot summer but the fun wasn't over yet.  After slowing down for constant Gatorade breaks at the drink station and a lunch of grilled hotdogs & chips, the children continued onto the cool down.  As the awards committee tallied up scores and prepared the medals and ribbons for the winners, the children finished the festivities with the Water Balloon Toss and Fill it Up/Cup to Cup, where they were able to compete on teams and get a much needed soaking on a 107 degree heat index day.  The chuckles of laughter as the water busted and spilled on them was priceless.

The attendance exceeded our expectations with more than 40 children and eighteen volunteers.  Community agencies including the Kinston Police Department, Kinston Fire Department, Kinston Public Safety Administration, City of Kinston Public Works, Greene Lamp, The Gate, and Kinston Community Health Center along with Kinston Housing came out and took shifts, working at the various stations showing their support for the event.  At times, it seemed that the volunteers had more fun than the kids as they competed with the children, reliving their childhood memories and helping make current and lasting memories with the youth of Jack Rountree.


Back-To-School Homework and Study Habits


Children getting on a school bus.

Follow these tips to help ensure your kids build good homework & study habits:

  • Create an environment that is homework-friendly starting at a young age. Children need a consistent work space in their bedroom or another part of the home that is quiet, without distractions, and promotes study.
  • Schedule ample time for homework. Build this time into choices about participating in after school activities.
  • Establish a household rule that the TV and other electronic distractions stay off during homework time.
  • Supervise computer and internet use.
  • Be available to answer questions and offer assistance, but never do a child's homework for her.
  • Take steps to help alleviate eye fatigue, neck fatigue and brain fatigue while studying. It may be helpful to close the books for a few minutes, stretch and take a break periodically when it will not be too disruptive.
  • If your child is struggling with a particular subject, speak with their teacher for recommendations on how to help your child at home or at school. If you have concerns about the assignments your child is receiving, talk with their teacher.
  • If your child is having difficulty focusing on or completing homework, discuss this with your child's teacher, school counselor or health care provider. 
  • Some children need extra help organizing their homework. Checklists, timers, and parental supervision can help overcome homework problems.
  • Some children may need help remembering their assignments. Work with your child and their teacher to develop an appropriate way to keep track of their assignments - such as an assignment notebook.                                                                  Source: American Academy of Pediatrics 


Family Self Sufficiency Graduate

Ms. Redmond is a FSS graduate.

LaQuitta Redmond is a resident of Carver Courts and has successfully completed the Public Housing Family Self-Sufficiency program. While in the program Ms. Redmond attended Lenoir Community College, maintained employment, and paid off outstanding debt.


Join the FSS Program

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

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, and Community Resources for Employment, Education, Child Care, Etc.

Interested? Contact a FSS Coordinator today!

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

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

Upcoming Capital Improvements

Simon Bright: Demolition (80 Apts.) and Roof Replacement

Mitchell Wooten: Roof Replacement

Jack Rountree: Roof Replacement

Kinston Towers, Six Churches, & Paylor: Repaving & Door Lock Replacement

Jack Rountree and Mitchell Wooten: Playground Equipment

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             252-527-8926

Six Churches Plaza

107 Peyton Avenue               252-527-7984

Roland  L. Paylor Apartments

214 W. Washington Ave.    252-523-1601

Resident Reminders

Timely Rent Payments

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


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

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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 ex.244

Upcoming Holiday Closings

Kinston Housing Authority Offices will be closed on the following days:

Labor Day:           Monday, September 5

Veteran's Day:      Monday, November 14

Thanksgiving:       Thursday, November 24

Contact Us

Kinston Housing Authority

608 N. Queen St.


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

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