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HHA Newsletter - April 2022 - Volume 4

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Message from the Executive Director

 Executive Director Julio Ponce I feel fortunate to be the Hialeah Housing Executive Director and be able to help our residents by keeping housing rental low and affordable in today's market. Together with our elected officials and representatives, we are working towards building and adding new affordable housing for our City. We are proud of the work of our elected officials and representatives who are actively advocating for our residents. I am grateful to our Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, who has always advocated for the City of Hialeah since he was elected to Congress. Congressman Diaz-Balart made Villa Mariposa possible by securing 6.2M for this project, a brand-new elderly building in the heart of Hialeah, housing 83 low-income elderly families.

Thank you for reading this quarter's newsletter.

Julio Ponce
Executive Director

Message from our Congressman MarIo DIaz-Balart

Dear friends,

First and foremost, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for allowing me to represent you in Congress. One of the most rewarding aspects of this job is the ability to advocate on your behalf to ensure you have the necessary resources to live a healthy, safe, and comfortable life.

Throughout my time in Congress, I have worked diligently to ensure every individual has a place to call home. Last summer, I was honored to celebrate the grand opening of Hialeah Housing Authority's newest housing community, Villa Mariposa, which was made possible by funding I fought for as former Chairman and now Ranking Member of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee in Congress. As always, I am grateful to be in a position where I can help our communities prosper, and I will continue to ensure that this is always the case. I am thankful for the steadfast leadership of Hialeah Housing Director Julio Ponce and our local and state leaders, who work day in and day out to ensure our community is taken care of.

As Ranking Member, and former Chairman, of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee (THUD), I proudly included $27.4 billion in Rental Assistance, $8.45 billion for public housing, $3.3 billion for Community Development Block Grants, and $1.5 billion for the HOME Investment Partnerships Program in the Fiscal Year 2022 Congressional spending bills. I look forward to seeing these funds positively impact our community.

Mario Diaz-Balart
Member of Congress

Mayor Esteban Bovo

2022 Important Dates 

April 15, 2022 Good Friday -HHA Offices Closed
April 17, 2022  Easter Sunday  
April 22, 2022 Earth Day  
May 5, 2022 Cinco de Mayo  
May 8, 2022 Mother's Day  
May 30, 2022 Memorial Day -HHA Offices Closed
June 19, 2022  Father's Day  
June 19, 2022 Juneteenth  
June 20, 2022 Observance of Juneteenth -HHA Offices Closed

HHA in the Community 

January 2022

On January 24, 2022, Executive Director Julio Ponce and Mayor Esteban Bovo Jr. and Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart visited our lunchrooms at Villa Aida and Villa Alegria. The Congressman is always advocating for our senior community to bring funding and programs.

Group posing for photo. Group of workers and residence in lunchroom. Group standing and sitting around a table. Speaker talking with a group in a lunchroom.


2021 Turkey Drive

On November 17, 2021, our yearly Turkey drive was led by our Executive Director Julio Ponce and our City Mayor Esteban Bovo Jr. Their goal was to serve our community and bring a Thankgiving meal to many of our residents. Bringing joy to our community is of great satisfaction to all HHA staff. Together we can make a difference, that is why we constantly look for generous donors and partner to help our residents.

Woman holding frozen turkey. Man holding frozen turkey. Woman in house holding a frozen turkey. Family with their frozen turkey.

Christmas Toy Drive 2021

On December 16, 2021, the yearly Christmas Toy drive was a total success, bringing joy and smiles to our children between the ages of 0 to 12. We want give thanks to Mayor Esteban Bovo Jr. from the City of Hialeah, Channel 51 and many of the HHA's vendors that with their generous donations made this event memorable residents and staff.

Group in front of store. Team behind wrapped packages. Group on bench.

Happy Birthday Fara

Fara standing near her birthday table. Fara at the table cutting her birthday cake. December 7, 2021 - Commissioner Fara Alvarez's Birthday. Fara has been a tenant at Vivian Villas for more than 35 years and has always served our community. We thank her for her love, and her endless dedication to the Hialeah Community.

Senior Christmas Party

Party applauding band in auditorium. Group behind a new LCD TV. On December 9, 2021, together with the City of Hialeah, we celebrated the Holiday Season the "old fashioned way". We welcomed our residents with great music from Los 3 de la Habana band, delicious food and dancing the afternoon away! Our new Mayor Esteban Bovo Jr. joined us along with Senator Manny Diaz, Councilman Jesus Tundidor and Councilman Bryan Calvo. The Mayor gave a remarkable message to the community of the City of Hialeah.

Senior New Year's Party

On January 13, 2022, the elderly community celebrated the New Year's party in the beautiful Milander Center in the Heart of the City of Hialeah. The Executive Director Julio Ponce, City Mayor Esteban Bovo Jr., and Senator Rene Garcia hosted the first elderly dance for 2022. Couple posing with Mayor Bovo.


Group posing with Mayor Bovo , Director Ponce, and Senator Garcia. Director Ponce posing with Senator Garcia and Mayor Bovo. Director Ponce with a group of residence.

HHA Elderly Services

The recreational and activities program offers trips to different sites all over South Florida. It also offers pick up and drop off for grocery shopping. The activities are by reservation only. If you are interested in the program, please contact the recreation and activities department by calling (305) 257-3502 or (305) 888-9744 Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Group in front of a sign board. Group posing in front of an Outlet Center. Group standing in front of the Festival Marketplace.

COVID-19 Updates

As the COVID-19 continues to be present, we must continue to take precautions to ensure everyone's safety. Mayor Esteban Bovo, Jr. also understands the importance of taking the necessary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. At the same time while we protect the health of our residents, Hialeah respects freedom. Hialeah is not planning to slow down the progress and lives of our residents by shutting down. We are however committed to offer all the best options for testing and treatment for all those who need it.

Testing Sites

Benny Babcock Park
651 E 4th Ave
Hialeah, FL 33010

Bucky Dent Park
2250 60 St
Hialeah, FL 33016

No appointment
needed in any location
Monday thru Sunday
8:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Monoclonal Treatment Sites

Benny Babcock Park
651 E 4th Ave
Hialeah, FL 33010

Bucky Dent Park
2250 60 St
Hialeah, FL 33016

Please call the following number to 
schedule an appointment for
Monoclonal Treatments:
Monday thru Sunday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Hialeah Housing Authority

  • Julio Ponce - Executive Director
  • Maida Gutierrez - Chairperson
  • Mario Diaz - Vice Chairperson
  • Barbara Hernandez - Commissioner
  • Fara Alvarez - Commissioner
  • Juan Junco - Commissioner

City of Hialeah

  • Esteban Bovo, Jr - Mayor
  • Carl Zogby - President
  • Monica Perez - Vice President
  • Bryan Calvo - Councilman
  • Oscar De La Rosa - Councilman
  • Luis Rodriguez - Councilman
  • Jacqueline Garcia-Roves - Councilwoman
  • Jesus Tundidor - Councilman

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