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Missouri NAHRO State Poster Contest

As part of its 2025 Housing America campaign, NAHRO will hold a poster contest for children associated with affordable housing and community development programs owned or administered by national NAHRO member agencies.  Posters will 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 will be selected from chapter/state-level winning entries.  To be eligible for national honors, all entries must come through the local chapter.


Contest Dates:

Entries must be received by MAY 3, 2024


Contest Location:            

Entries should be mailed to MO NAHRO Service Office at
12246 FM 1769

Graham, TX 76450.


Poster Specifications:

  • Theme - "What Home Means to Me"

  • Size – All posters must be 22” x 28” and have a LANDSCAPE/HORIZONTAL orientation to be considered for national judging and may be featured in the 2025 “What Home Means to Me” calendar.

  • 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 regional finalists and national winners must sign a photo release waiver giving NAHRO permission to use their picture for online and print publication.

  • 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.

  • Contestant’s name, grade level, and housing authority must be written on the back of 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 posters except for the grand prize-winning poster.

  • National winners will be selected based on how well the artwork uses the “What Home Means to Me” theme.


Eligibility and Selection Categories:
Contest participation is open to all children in grades K-12 residing in affordable housing assisted directly, supported under community development, or participants in affordable housing programs administered by a NAHRO member authority (i.e., public or Section 8-assisted housing CDBG, HOME, LIHTC). Entries 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


Contest Overview:

Local/state NAHRO chapters may submit entries to their regional council. The regional councils hold separate contests and send their top three winners (one from each age category) to National NAHRO. National NAHRO holds a contest to pick the 13 national winners. National NAHRO will not accept submissions from individual housing authorities. Any submissions sent directly to national NAHRO will be disqualified.


Missouri State Chapter Prizes:

MO NAHRO will provide certificates and awards for each prize winner in each category.

Prizes include:

  • 1st Place: $50.00 gift card

  • 2nd Place: $25.00 gift card

  • 3rd Place: $10.00 gift card

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