2024 Drug Free Poster Contest

Dig Into a New Day: Our World Is a Garden of Delights

Official 2024 Art Contest Rules & Forms
2024 NCH Calendar Contest Flyer • 2024 NCH Calendar Contest Flyer (Spanish)

The National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) is proud to kick off the annual art/calendar contest. We anticipate that more than 5,000 children, seniors, and residents with special needs nationwide will participate in the calendar art contest this year.

We have added a subtheme to reinforce a more positive use of time and encourage a broader range of submissions. The contest’s underlying message will continue to have a drug-free theme, but we also wanted to open the door for more avenues of expression. The subtheme for the 2024 contest is Dig Into a New Day: Our World Is a Garden of Delights.

Below are contest rules and tips from various Affordable Housing Management Associations (AHMAs), property management companies, and on-site property managers on how to hold an art contest. If you require additional information on NAHMA’s national finalists’ contest, please contact Brenda Moser at the NAHMA office at 703-683-8630, ext. 114.


Cash Prizes! Resident National Recognition!
Grand Prize Winner:  $2,500 check and a trip to Washington, D.C.
National Winners:  $1,000 check
Honorable Mentions:  $100 check
Who is eligible to enter the calendar contest?

Children who live in a family community of a NAHMA and/or a local AHMA member company.

Residents who are 55 years or older who live in a community of a NAHMA and/or a local AHMA member company.

Residents with Special Needs
Residents who live in a permanent supportive housing community or Section 811 community of a NAHMA and/or a local AHMA member company.

How does the contest work?
Local AHMAs will select up to three winning posters, photographs*, websites*, computer art* or other media*—such as tile, macramé, needlework, etc.—which must be submitted as a photograph, from each category (i.e., seniors, residents with special needs and each children’s grade level). *See detailed descriptions for format and size in another section of the contest rules.

The five grade categories for children are based on the grade level the contestants have completed by June 2024:
  • Kindergarten-first grade
  • Second-third grade
  • Fourth-sixth grade
  • Seventh-ninth grade
  • 10th-12th grade
Ask your resident manager for more details. Complete rules, entry forms, and required releases are available for download above.
Winning posters are sent to NAHMA to be included in the National Contest. National winners will be featured in the 2024 NAHMA Calendar and will receive separate prizes as designated by NAHMA.
Wednesday, May 1, 2024
Send to: AHMA-NCH
31805 Temecula Pkwy #397
Temecula, CA 92592