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HHA Newsletter - January 2022 - Volume 3

Hialeah Housing Authority Newsletter, January 2022 Volume 3

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Message from the Executive Director

 Executive Director Julio Ponce We welcome 2022 wishing everyone a year of good health, joy and prosperity.

This year I will continue to pursue new opportunities to add quality housing to the City of Hialeah. In 2021 we added 175 Section 8 vouchers, and a brand-new building "Villa Mariposa" housing 83 elderly families. Our goal this year is to continue to work together with our local, state, and federal elected officials to allocate funding for our housing authority's current programs and keep adding affordable housing to our beautiful City. One of our yearly priorities is always to maintain our properties in good condition to provide our residents with good quality housing.

Thank you for reading this quarter's newsletter.

Julio Ponce
Executive Director

 Message from our newly elected Mayor Esteban "Steve" Bovo

Dear neighbors,

I am humbled and honored by your support.

As Mayor, I consider the Hialeah Housing Authority a pillar of our community, which serves those who have built this city into what it is. These newsletters are an incredible way to highlight the legacy that HHA continues to build. I am happy and blessed to be a part of that.

My administration will work hand in hand with Executive Director Julio Ponce and the Board of Commissioners to ensure the highest quality of life.

Thank you for allowing me to give power to your voice! I am at your service always.


Esteban Bovo, Jr.


Mayor Esteban Bovo

2022 Important Dates 

January 17, 2022 Martin Luther King, Jr. -HHA Offices Closed
February 14, 2022 Valentine's Day  
February 21, 2022 President's Day -HHA Offices Closed
March 13, 2022 Daylight Savings begins  
March 17, 2022 St. Patrick's Day  
April 15, 2022 Good Friday -HHA Offices Closed
April 17, 2022  Easter Sunday  

HHA in the Community 

Job, Educations and Resources Fair

The Building Futures Initiative of the Hialeah Housing Authority hosted a Job, Educations and Resources Fair on October 20, 2021. Members of the community were able to speak with community partners to receive information on jobs, education, and professional development.
Thank you to our community partners that were present for the event:

  • Career Source South Florida
  • MDCPS Head Start Program
  • Miami Dade College - Hialeah Campus
  • Florida International University
  • Cunano Builders Corp.
  • MDCPS Technical Colleges
  • City of Hialeah Police Department
  • The YWCA
  • South Florida Institute of Technology
Man sitting at Miami Dade College table. Man and woman sitting at Cunano Builders Corp. Table. Woman sitting at MDCPS Technical Colleges table. Two women sitting at the South Florida Institute of Technology table.


Group posing for group photo.

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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