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HACC Enrichment Foundation: Who We Are

In 2020, the Housing Authority of Champaign County (HACC) provided housing assistance programs and supports for over 4,000 individuals in the Champaign community. With an impact as large as ours, we recognize the need for additional services and supports to help our clients reach their highest potential beyond the need for stable housing. In 2019, HACC established the Housing Authority of Champaign County Enrichment Foundation 501 (c)(3). The Enrichment foundation’s mission is to grow career and economic opportunities for the clients we serve and provide educational enrichment opportunities for youth on our various housing programs. The HACC Enrichment Foundation is committed to excellence in its mission to provide support services, educational scholarships, and enrichment opportunities to clients of the Housing Authority of Champaign County. Scholarship Opportunities : How We Help! The HACC Enrichment Foundation has ongoing opportunities for scholarship assistance. Assistance is available to children and adults on our MTW Voucher Program:

    1. Youth Enrichment Scholarship: Up to $500.00
    2. Adult Education Scholarship: Up to $1,000
    3. Annual Highschool Senior Scholarship: Up to $2,500 (announced in June of 2020).

Scholarship assistance will be available while funding lasts. For Questions about our EnrichmentFoundation Scholarship please contact: jamesz@hacc.net

Event & Activities: What we Do

HACC Enrichment Foundation hosted several events in 2020 to help participants at HACC.  Some of these events included a drive-thru care package giveaway where 50 care packages were provided to HACC residents, census assistance at the HACC senior buildings where residents were assisted in filling out their census and 25 residents in each building were provided care packages, a turkey giveaway for the Thanksgiving holiday where 40 donated turkeys were given to HACC households, and the Adopt a Family program where seven families in need were provided gifts or funds to be able to provide their children gifts for the holiday season. Additionally, the HACC Enrichment Foundation awarded $4000.00 in scholarships in 2020 to eligible youth and adults who are HACC participants pursuing higher education or vocational programs.

The 2nd Chance Eviction Prevention Program HACC Enrichment Foundation established the 2nd Chance Eviction Prevention Program in 2020. The 2nd Chance Eviction Prevention Program was created to provide funds to eligible HACC participants who were laid off, lost employment, experienced a reduction in work hours, lost childcare, or any other COVID-related issue that resulted in the inability to make rent payments. During these unprecedented times, HACC has remained committed to preventing homelessness and giving our clients a 2nd chance. The HACC Enrichment Foundation has raised over $50,000.00 for this program from the generous support of donors and community organizations.

The HACC Enrichment Foundation Is...

Making a Real Difference in the Lives of Our Clients

Katrina Jarrett

Congratulations to Ms. Katrina Jarrett! She participated in the Richland Community College Virtual Graduation  Ceremony on May 15, 2020. Ms. Jarrett is a participant in the SHIFT Family Self-Sufficiency Program, and she receives housing assistance through the Moving To Work Housing Choice Voucher Program. We are proud to announce that Ms. Jarrett is also a recipient of the HACC Enrichment Foundation Educational Scholarship. She has one class left to complete an Associate Degree in Culinary Arts. Her primary focus is to become completely self-sufficient. We know that she is going to be successful.

In addition to her educational accomplishments, Ms. Jarrett is a proud mother of 2, and she works as a cook at the  University of Illinois.

Ms. Jarrett stated, “I set out to get my culinary degree because it means I can start a new adventure. This degree will make me eligible for a promotion to Chef at my job. I know my children are proud and realize that with hard work and dedication, all things are possible and obtainable.

The Moving to Work Program is not just rental assistance. It has been so much more to me. I took the Financial Literacy Course, I was given firsthand advice on homeownership by a caseworker, and now scholarship assistance to finish my degree. I am forever thankful and always grateful.”

AniJia Wallace

Meet Ms. AniJia Wallace. She was awarded the HACC Enrichment Foundation Educational Scholarship in July 2020.  Ms. Wallace is a second-year student at Parkland College majoring in Early Childhood Education. After she completes her associate degree, her goal is to transfer to Eastern Illinois University and work on her bachelor’s degree.

According to Ms. AniJia Wallace, “In the future, I would like to become a teacher at a public or private school and maybe even one day have a center that focuses on building youth up and assist them in striving for success. Therefore, they too can see that education is everything. I don’t want to settle with just being a teacher. For me to excel with this  process, I plan on never settling for less and pushing myself beyond my limits so that I can be one of the first-generation students in my family to complete a college degree.” 

Congratulations Ms. AniJia Wallace, we are honored to have you as a scholarship recipient. We are so proud of all your accomplishments, and we wish you the best in all your endeavors.

Asia Wallace

We are proud to announce that Ms. Asia Wallace has been selected to receive the HACC Enrichment Foundation Educational Scholarship. Ms. Wallace is a sophomore at Parkland College, where she’s studying to become a Registered Nurse (RN), and she has no plans of stopping at the associate degree level. Her goal is to continue her education by getting her bachelor’s degree online, while working as an RN.

Ms. Asia Wallace stated, “There are numerous reasons why I want to major in nursing. I have a passion for working  with people, I desire to help others, and most importantly I want a career that makes a real difference in healthcare. In  my future, I intend to pursue a career as a nurse practitioner.” 

When asked her views on self-sufficiency, Ms. Wallace went on to say, “To me, self-sufficiency is having the ability to do and take care of myself, not only that, it is a representation of independence. I am very independent, and I work  hard in college to maintain excellent grades. Also, I believe that self-sufficiency is having the ability to be determined and confident in the things you do. I know that I am able to accomplish all the goals that I set out for myself. It will make me proud and the loved ones around me (proud), and I will do this by being the first in my family to complete college.” 

Congratulations Ms. Asia Wallace, you are well on your way to becoming a complete success. It is our privilege to have you as a scholarship recipient. Your determination is second to none. You are going to be a great asset to the healthcare field. We wish you continued success in all your endeavors.

Zhanae Flintroy

Congratulations to Zhanae Flintroy. She received the HACC Enrichment Foundation Academic Excellence Award. As a part of the award Ms. Flintroy received a $1000 scholarship for her commitment to excellence in academic achievement, extracurricular activities, and public service.

Ms. Flintroy graduated from Champaign Centennial High School in May 2020. She is currently a freshman at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale majoring in Nursing. At Centennial High School, she was an active member of Girl RISE (Racial Identity Student Experience), which is a student led organization that raises awareness about issues in our community related to race and gender. She participated in various school fundraisers and community service events. She was also a member of the volleyball team for 4 years.

According to Ms. Flintroy, “I am a first-generation college student. Wanting to become a nurse has always been a dream of mine, being motivated by my mother who has been a Certified Nursing Assistant for over 20 years and has shown me what the nursing field has to offer. The definition of self-sufficiency to me is having the independence and ability to successfully transition to college. Having my own independence will be a testament of how strong of a woman I can be living on my own. I will use this scholarship to purchase books and other materials I need for my classes. I will always be grateful for this award.”

We are very proud to have Zhanae Flintroy as a scholarship recipient, and we know she will be a great nurse.

Tabias Coleman

Congratulations to Tabias Coleman. He received the HACC Enrichment Foundation Academic Excellence Award. As part of the award, Mr. Coleman received a $1000 scholarship for his commitment to excellence in academic achievement, extracurricular activities, and public service.

Mr. Coleman graduated from Urbana High School in May 2020. He is currently a freshman at Greenville University majoring in Business Management/Sports Management and is a member of the football team. In high school, he participated in the READY Program where he maintained a 3.5 GPA and made the Honor Roll. He was the President of the Youth Ministry Group, sang in the Mass Choir, and served the elderly at his church.

According to Mr. Coleman, “I was raised by my beloved grandmother. She passed away when I was 7 years old and then my aunt adopted me. As a young boy I always wanted to go to college and play football. It has always been my dream. I watched my uncles and cousins play football in high school but I am the only one in my family to play college football. I am taking my chance to be the best in football with a backup plan to gather expertise in the trades. I want to manage my own business in construction, HVAC, or Electrical Services.” 

Mr. Coleman went on to say, “My aunt has been my #1 supporter who has loved, nurtured, and motivated me all my life. She is my support system. I worked extremely hard in school to get a full scholarship but I came up short. My aunt has to pay for my education out of her pocket. This scholarship will mean a great deal to me, and it will definitely take  some of the weight off of me and my family. I will use these funds to pay for my left over tuition, fees, and text books.”

We are honored to have Tabias Coleman as a scholarship recipient, and we wish him well in his future endeavors.