For the second consecutive year, a Deskins Commons youth’s art has been selected for the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials’ (NAHRO) “What Home Means to Me” Calendar Contest.

Last year, then 13-year-old Kristal Gaona created a poster that accompanied the month of November in the 2017 version of the housing group’s calendar.

This year, 11-year-old Deskins Commons resident Mischa Larkin won a regional contest with his poster, which was then selected for the national calendar in October.




“He’s been drawing forever and he loves to create things and tinker,” said Larkin’s mother, Aziza Hendrix-Larkins. “He’s got an artistic mind. He always tries to put his hand in all kinds of creative aspects.”

The youth created the poster in September at workshop hosted by the Housing Authority of Yamhill County (HYAC), which operates Deskins Commons. For the past several years, HYAC has been encouraging youth to enter the contest, which is part of NAHRO’s Housing America public awareness campaign, by hosting creative workshops at its community rooms across the county.

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