The Voice is going digital, will cease print publication

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Neigborhood House will stop producing The Voice newspaper beginning this summer

By Seattle Housing Authority

For many years, the Seattle Housing Authority has contracted with Neighborhood House to produce, publish and distribute The Voice to residents of SHA housing. Neighborhood House recently informed SHA that they are restructuring and have made the decision not to renew The Voice contract when it expires June 30, 2018. Neighborhood House will cease publication after the July issue and Nancy Gardner will no longer be employed as the editor.

SHA is committed to maintaining a robust and effective information source that connects residents with community news and with each other.
SHA will temporarily suspend The Voice after the July issue for a few months while we gear up to take on production in-house. We plan to create a digital version that will enable interactivity not possible in print, such as easy-to-use direct links to a host of resources related to topics covered in The Voice. An e-newsletter will mean we can reach residents in a more effective and timely way via computers, mobile phones and other devices.

SHA has been communicating with participants in the Housing Choice Voucher program exclusively via electronic newsletter for several years and we will combine that news, now coming out under the title Pathways, with news for SHA housing residents, so that we are reaching all SHA tenants in one combined digital publication called The Voice.

As we pilot delivery of The Voice in a new electronic format, we want to hear from residents, voucher holders, community partners and others on how it’s working for you, and the type of content and coverage you would like to see. Please share your thoughts by going to www.seattlehousing.org and clicking on The Voice Survey posted on the homepage. Or write to us at SHA Communications Department, PO Box 19028, Seattle, WA 98109.

In conjunction with piloting electronic-based distribution of The Voice and other information, SHA is launching an effort to ensure we have up-to-date email addresses and mobile phone numbers so residents don’t miss a single issue of the new combined Voice or other important communications. Please be sure that SHA has your current email address and mobile phone number:

Please submit updated contact information directly to your building’s property manager. You can do it in person, by writing or calling the property management office, or online at www.seattlehousing.org. Click on “Current Tenants,” choose “SHA housing tenants” and select “Contact property manager.”

For residents who do not have personal computers and smart phones, we will be posting information about access at public libraries, computer labs and other locations.

We hope to hear from you with thoughts and ideas for the new digital version of The Voice, and on how SHA can best communicate with you. While The Voice is on hiatus, SHA will continue to share important news for residents directly and by posting information in building common areas.

Residents can also find general news and information by visiting the SHA website at seattlehousing.org, and can learn about activities taking place at specific locations by going to the property’s Community News and Events page on the website.

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