HACEP’s Annual Back-To-School Supplies Giveaway for Low-Income Section 8 Children

EL PASO – As schools across El Paso resume for the 2015-2016 year, many families receiving housing assistance from the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso (HACEP) are wondering how to stretch their budgets for purchasing new school supplies for their children. Providing backpacks and school supplies can average over $50 for each child in their household.  This can easily become an economic burden on the families or leave children ill-equipped for the coming year.

Thanks to the generous financial support of Chase Bank, Walgreens, and HACEP approximately 500 low-income children are now one step closer to succeeding in school this year.  On Saturday, August 1, 2015, from 9am-11am backpacks full with composition pads, crayons, scissors, glue sticks and folders will be dispersed to 500 appreciative children ages 6-12  of the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Program.  The event located at HACEP Main Office (5300 E. Paisano Drive) is not open to the public – it is an invite-only event specifically for the children of the Housing Choice Voucher Program.  MEDIA IS INVITED.

“Families often underestimate the true costs of properly equipping their children for the school year, and these expenses often add up quickly – especially for our program participants,” said Gerald Cichon, Chief Executive Officer.  "By coming together, we can ensure our kids will have the basic tools to start the school year with confidence."

HACEP’s Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Program provides federal rental assistance to more than 5,600 families facing financial hardships and helps them live in privately-owned houses and apartments across El Paso.  

Initiative generously supported by Chase Bank, Walgreens, and HACEP.

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