The problem of affordable housing encompasses all areas of a community including youth, senior adults, and government.
The Aug. 24 meeting of the Housing Committee of Jones County was called to order by its chairman Donald Black and the first presenter was Joy Carr, coordinator of Jones County Family Connection.
Carr reported that applications for the first Junior Leadership Jones Program were currently being accepted and the program was a joint effort with the Chamber of Commerce, Board of Commissioners, and the Georgia Civics Awareness Program (GCAPS), which is sponsored by the Association County Commissioners of Georgia.
“We plan to use the opportunity of the civics program to show students how the city and county related to state government,” she said.
Carr said classes would start Sept. 25 and the desired size for the first class was 20 students.
Operation Early Intervention Coordinator Shanna Johnson said a girls’ mentor group, Pearls for Diamonds, was started at Jones County High School Aug. 23. She said another branch of the group meets at Gray Station Middle School.
Johnson said she would once again be the chairman for Jones County Toys for Tots and she would be traveling to Washington D.C. for a conference Sept. 13 - 16. She said the first fundraiser for the local effort would take place in front of Ace Hardware and Ingles Sept. 3.
Johnson said she had also agreed to the chairmanship for Baldwin County and that would open up more resources for Jones County.
Georgia Department of Community Affairs Region Six Representative Tonya Mole asked if Jones County’s GIHC committee was registered for the upcoming retreat next month in Athens. Black said the committee would not be attending the September retreat but had plans to attend in February.
Mole said she was working on finding candidates for the 2019 Georgia Academy for Economic Development. She said the nominations were open and the academy would be held in Baldwin County instead of Smarr.
Mole noted that the DCA fall conference would be held in LaGrange in October.
Carr announced graduation for the Family Treatment Program would be held at the W.E. Knox Center Sept. 10 and the Jones County Veterans Appreciation Day program would take place Nov. 10.
The next housing meeting is scheduled at 10 a.m. Sept. 28, in the Chamber of Commerce conference room.