The 2019 Back to School Drive was a great evening. The drive was held on Tuesday, August, 21, from 6PM to 8PM by the housing authority gazebo and basketball court area. Children from the Willacy County Housing Authority were provided with a backpack full of school supplies. There was food, drinks, music, and a bouncy house for some fun entertainment. CASA Board President, Albert Cavazos, Tobacco Prevention and Control Coalition representatives, Rosaliee Tristan and Sarah Garcia, provided over 40 backpacks, school supplies, and a tobacco prevention presentation. City of Lyford mayor, Wally Solis, along with his wife, Janie Solis, provided and distributed plenty of school supplies for the drive. Mario Jimenez, a housing authority resident also chipped in with supplies and barbeque pit to help make the event a success. Special thanks to all those that donated and volunteered their time to make this a special day for the kids of Willacy County Housing Authority.
FEMA opens a Disaster Recovery Center for residents affected by the recent flood. In a press conference to announce the opening of the center federal, state, and local officials urged residents to apply for assistance. The center will be open for 45 days Monday through Sunday 7AM to 7PM.
Work on paving and replacing the curb on the main road for the apartments was completed on Tues. Feb. 26th by Diamond Eight Industries LLC. The improvements were long overdue for the worn and bumpy road.
On Saturday, December 22, 2018, St. Nick made a special appearance at the Willacy County Community Safe Room. Santa and his helper brought plenty of joy, cheer, candy bags and gifts to the children and even the adults of the community. Children had their pictures take with Santa with a beautiful backdrop and scenery. There was punch and cookies with Christmas music in the air. The event had plenty of Christmas spirit and brought huge smiles to children and parents. Merry Christmas!
The Willacy County Housing Authority hosted its annual Thanksgiving Feast last night. The event brought together over 20 families and friends to share a meal and enjoy each other's company. The night was filled with music, laughter and great food. United Neighbors in Drug Abuse Defense coalition had games, activities and door prizes for all the youth in attendance. This was the 1st year the event was held in the Community Safe Room gymnasium and it was a great place for the gathering and will be for the years to come.
Raymondville Police Dept. in partnership with H-E-B
Willacy County Housing Authority participated in the community’s Annual Safe Haven on Halloween night hosted by the Raymondville Police Department in partnership with H-E-B. The annual event promotes safety during Halloween trick-or-treating and provides a ‘safe haven’ for kids and parents to attend. Many of the community’s organizations, agencies, and business participated in the event by having a booth to give away candies, have games and activities. Turn out was great again and we had a fun time giving away candy to all the children in their favorite halloween costumes. Happy Halloween!
Su Clinica hosted a Diabetes Prevention Rally in the Community Safe Room gymnasium. The rally was held on Saturday, October 13, 2018 and benefited residents of Willacy County. Several organizations and agencies supported and attended the rally.
On Oct. 11th The Specialized Telecommunications Assistance Program (STAP) assisted 56 Willacy County residents in applying for a telecommunications device. The Specialized Telecommunications Assistance Program (STAP) helps people who have a disability that interferes with their access to telephone networks purchase basic specialized assistive equipment or services. Sandra Benavides and Rose Ramirez, Resource Specialists, assisted residents with their applications. If approved, residents will receive their devices after a few months.
Food Bank of the RGV, Inc. distributed food to over 500 families yesterday from our red barn location. The distribution happens every last Thursday of the month and our partnership is now going on two years.
The Chalupa Extravaganza was a fun and entertaining morning at the Community Safe Room. The extravaganza was sponsored by La Jarra Adult Day Center. Residents from the day center, the housing authority along with their friends brought their lucky chalupa cards and enjoyed the morning with prizes, coffee, drinks and pastries. Special thanks to Zenaida Perez and her team for hosting the event.
Willacy County Flag Football Cheer Squad is currently holding cheer practice in the Community Safe Room on Mondays and Wednesdays. For more information visit their Facebook page Willacy County Flag Football League
Back to school limited supplies and uniform giveaway in the Community Safe Room provided a few resident children with what they needed to get started this school year. Special thanks to Anthony Martinez and his parrish from Houston for providing supplies and uniforms. Also special thanks to Moy and Frances Robles for always answering the call to volunteer their time.
On July 13th, 2018, Willacy County officially opened the doors to the long awaited Community Safe Room with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The Safe Room is designed to keep a few hundred residents safe in the event of a major hurricane, tornado outbreak or extreme weather event. The Safe Room is impact resistant and can sustain winds up to 200mph (3-second gust). The Willacy County Housing Authority, where the building is located, will maintain the building and also use the Safe Room offices to run the day to day operations of the housing authority. The County Judge, Aurelio Guerra, pushed forward to clear many obstacles and together with the director of the housing authority, Jaime Serna, the Community Safe Room will be a lasting achievement for the community of Willacy. NM Contracting along with Guzman & Munoz Engineering completed the project.