“What Home Means to Me” Poster Contest
As part of NAHRO’s Housing America campaign, a poster contest is held each year for children residing in affordable housing and community developments owned or administered by NAHRO member agencies. Posters reflect the national theme of “What Home Means to Me.” The contest is a collaborative effort of NAHRO’s chapter/state, regional, and national organizations. National honorees are selected from chapter/state-level winning entries.
PNRC Housing Authorities that have been successful in getting participation have usually done an event where they invite eligible youth to a pizza or ice cream party. At the event they explain the contest, prizes and provide poster board. Some agencies have even provided the crayons, markers, pencils, chalk, etc. and had the youths work on their posters at the party.
Please make sure that the youths spend time on their narrative that accompanies their poster. The narrative can sometimes be the “tipping point” when deciding a winner.
How to Enter
Housing Authorities submitting entries to the national poster contest must first send entries to the region. Each regional council will determine a deadline for poster contest entries and a date for regional judging. National NAHRO is not involved in the scheduling or conduct of regional council contests.
The regional council will select three winners – one from each age category – and forward those on to the national competition in Washington, D.C.
National NAHRO will not accept submissions from individual housing authorities. Any submissions sent directly to national NAHRO will be disqualified.
Each agency will select their top three posters, one from each age categroy and send to PNRC for judging at the PNRC Annual Conference in April.
At the conference, three winners will be selected, one from each age category. Each of those winners will receive a $50 gift card and their submission will be forwarded to National.
Entries must be sent to the PNRC Conference Hotel by April 26, 2019.
Mail entries to:
PNRC-NAHRO Conference April 29-30
Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfron1
401 SW Naito Parkway
Portland, Oregon 97201 USA
$50 gift card for one winner from each category
The 12 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.
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 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.
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.
Elementary – K to 5th grade
Middle – 6th to 8th grade
High – 9th to 12th grade
Each regional council will determine a deadline for poster contest entries and a date for regional judging. National NAHRO is not involved in the scheduling or conduct of regional council contests. The regional council will select three winners –one from each age category – and forward those on to the national competition in Washington, D.C.
National NAHRO will not accept submissions from individual housing authorities.
Any submissions sent directly to national NAHRO will be disqualified.
Click here for rules, forms and additional information
If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Kristen Damazio at kdamazio @nahro.org or call 202-580-7203.