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Orange Avenue United Tenants Association




In 1972, residents of the Orange Avenue Apartments began to meet, organize, and address their concerns. In December 1973, the group incorporated as OAUTA. It began to advocate on behalf of residents, and provide meaningful social and human services programs directly to residents. In 1974, the organization added the word "United" to encompass all public housing units.

The Tenants Association from 1972 to 1978 depended solely on private funds and in-kind contributions. To carry out its mission, Grassroots organizers ? community members and volunteers have actively participated in activities which have meant a better life for all members of the organization.

From 1978 to 1981, OAUTA received a grant from the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA). At the same time it developed the Citizens Dispute Council. This program taught persons in low income areas organizational techniques and administrative procedures, and provided quality counseling to area youth and their families.

OAUTA is currently receiving funding from HUD via the Tallahassee Housing Authority (THA) to provide services to residents in public housing. Throughout its existence OAUTA has received grants and funding from Legal Services of North Florida, Leon County Schools, CETA, Leon County Human Resources and other entities.

OAUTA has provided public housing residents, and residents in the surrounding area programs including adult education, job placement, crime prevention and juvenile delinquency alternative, public education and awareness, tutoring services, tenant newsletters, notices and field trips. OAUTA has also organized recreational activities, counseling, summer youth employment, and has operated as a clearinghouse for resources and referral.

Membership in OAUTA is automatic to all residents of public housing in Leon County. The members elect the board of directors which consists of public housing tenants and includes representative from each of the four housing sites.

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