Niagara Gazette


September 9, 2012

Housing Authority to hold 70-year anniversary gathering on Sept. 27

Niagara Gazette — The Niagara Falls Housing Authority will host a legacy celebration dinner later this month in honor of 70 years of service to the community.

The housing authority was established in September of 1942 to provide city residents with safe and affordable housing and opportunities for self-sufficiency and economic independence.

Since August, authority officials have held several public events in honor of the authority's milestone. Executive Director Stephanie Cowart said it is an opportunity to celebrate the authority's success, which she attributed to the constant upkeep and preservation of its property and the modernization of aging housing units.

Cowart said the authority's goal is to provide "more than just a place to live."

"There are a wide variety of programs offered by the NFHA that are geared specifically to special age or special needs groups such as children, teens, single parents and seniors, among others," she said. "We collaborate with numerous organizations and institutions to serve our approximately 1,500 residents and our other friends and neighbors in Niagara Falls by providing health, educational, recreational and cultural enrichments that we hope will help in producing our next generation of leaders and bringing prosperity to our entire community."

Nelson Davis, an award-winning television producer, small and minority business entrepreneur, and president of Los Angeles-based Nelson Davis Television Productions and The Making It Institute for the Advancement of Business, will be the featured speaker at the event.

Davis, who grew up in Niagara Falls and once resided in the Center Court residential community, honed his television production skills on a variety of projects including a PBS series, commercials for presidential candidate Ronald Reagan, and the pilot episode for the revival of “Jeopardy.” He became a programming executive with NBC in 1980. During his years at the network, he worked on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson before becoming director of daytime programming.

Authority officials are inviting the public to a celebration dinner on Sept. 27 at the Niagara Falls Conference Center, 101 Old Falls St. The theme for the event is "Celebrating the Hope, Passion and Legacy." The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $50.

For more information about the dinner, call 285-6961.

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