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Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority and the University of Akron School of Law Awarded HUD Juvenile ReEntry Assistance Program Grant

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The Akron Metropolitan Housing (AMHA) and the University of Akron School of Law (Akron Law) have been awarded a $100,000 grant to help youth involved in the juvenile justice system find jobs and housing as they work to reintegrate into the community.

Eighteen grants have been awarded nationally (two in Ohio) to public housing agencies who partner with a non-profit legal service organization to provide legal service to juveniles.  The grants were made possible as part of $1.75 million directed by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Justice under the Juvenile Reentry Assistance Program.  “Reconnecting young people who’ve paid their debt to society to decent jobs and housing allows them to turn the page and become active, productive members of their communities,” said HUD secretary Julian Castro.  “These grants offer a helping hand to those who deserve a second chance so they have a real opportunity to reach their full potential.”

The grant will target public housing residents (up to age 24) who have a criminal record.  The University of Akron School of Law will hire an attorney to manage the program and a student assistant to gather and track data and manage law student volunteers.  AMHA will provide outreach, grant monitoring and grant reporting.

“AMHA is grateful for our partnership with the University of Akron School of Law” said Anthony O’Leary, AMHA’s Executive Director.  Legal services provided by the University will include juvenile and adult sealings, Certificates of Qualification for Employment (CQEs), child support modifications and driver’s license reinstatement.  “All of these remedies are targeted to assist youth with finding employment and affordable housing”, explained O’Leary.

For further information: akronhousing.org

Apotheclaire: An Environmentally-friendly Twist to Beauty Care

Here’s a great idea for salons… eco-responsible or #Green Circle Salons

Distinctly Downtown

Walking into Apotheclaire is literally a breathe of fresh air –the new eco-responsible salon in Downtown Akron makes natural, organic, and chemically-reduced alternatives their priority.

Unlike most salons, Apotheclaire recycles 98 percent of their waste, such as color leftovers, vinyl gloves, product packaging, and hair. Apotheclaire is part of the Green Circle Salons, which has warehouses that use recycled hair to make oil booms. The oil booms are used to clean up oil spill, and can be reused several times, unlike synthetic booms.

The idea of Apotheclaire began with owner Claire White, who has a long history of being hypersensitive to many chemicals and fragrances. The name Apotheclaire was inspired by the word “apothecary,” which in medial Latin means shopkeeper, creatively combined with Claire’s name.

“I don’t remember a time when I didn’t have some sort of rash or sneeze or actually be in the hospital,” White said. “It’s something I’ve had…

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