What Home Means to Me

The Housing Authority invites its program participants to participate in the 2017 “What Home Means to Me” Poster Contest sponsored by the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO).  

National Prizes:

Twelve national winners will each receive a $100 Visa gift card. The national grand prize winner will be awarded an iPad. The grand prize winner and one member of his or her family will also be provided with transportation to and from and lodging at NAHRO’s Washington Conference in Washington, D.C. where he or she will be honored. The grand prize winner will also receive a framed copy of their original artwork and will tour Capitol Hill.

Eligibility and Selection Categories:

Contest participation is open to all children residing in affordable housing assisted directly or supported under community development and affordable housing programs administered by a NAHRO member authority (i.e., public or Section 8-assisted housing, CDBG, HOME, LIHTC). Submission must be created by only one person. Entries created by two or more people will not be accepted.

Age Categories:

Elementary - K to 5th grade
Middle - 6th to 8th grade
High - 9th to 12th grade

Poster Specifications:

- Deadline - March 31, 2017

- Theme - "What Home Means to Me"

- Size - All posters must be 22” x 28” to be considered for national judging

- Media - Contestant may use any art media (marker, crayon, paint, collage, textiles, etc.), but please consider that posters will need to be packaged, mailed, and reproduced.

- All entries must be mailed or brought in flat.

- All contestants must sign a release making their entry the property of NAHRO and permitting duplication/publication thereof. The release should be secured to the back of the entry.

- All contestants are asked to provide a short narrative on the inspiration, vision and importance of their poster design. The narrative should be secured on the back of the entry.

- Contestants name, grade level, and housing authority must be written on the back of the each poster entry in addition to being listed on the release form also attached to the entry.

- NAHRO is only responsible for returning the original poster to the national grand prize winner. NAHRO is not responsible for returning poster unless otherwise contacted by October 1.


Previous Winners 


Felicia, 11 (grand prize) Dedham Housing Authority, Mass. “Home is where my heart is, but it is also where my brain is! In my neighborhood we have a free Little Library. I can go to the library any time I want and get a book because it is right down the walkway! I can read the books in my home and feel like I’m on an adventure. I can learn new things that can help people, or save the world!”










Ian, 5 Nampa Housing Authority, ID. “Home means having a house to live in with my family. Home means being safe.”