Category Archives: Housing

East Akron Neighborhood Development Corp. StormWaterColors project selected as national finalist for placemaking funding

 

East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation’s (EANDC) StormWaterColors project proposal is one of 70 finalists for ArtPlace America’s 2017 National Creative Placemaking Fund (NCPF).

ArtPlace selected these 70 proposals from 987 applications, making EANDC’s project one of just 7 percent of the projects across the country to make this cut.

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INFO LINE 2-1-1 Referrals Now Available via Text Message

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Info Line is making it easier for Summit County residents to find and access basic needs assistance by adding texting capability to its 2-1-1 information service. 2-1-1 OnDemand allows people to receive referrals for food and utility assistance via text so they don’t have to use valuable phone minutes. The service also helps free up Info Line’s 2-1-1 staff so they can spend time answering phone calls that are more in-depth.

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World Relief Akron welcomes refugees into the community

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Story by Lyndsey Schley

Volunteer Marissa Dove drove up to the North Hill house on a rainy morning. She volunteers with World Relief Akron, a local refugee agency, and had stopped to pick up a Bhutanese-Nepali family that had just arrived in the United States a few days prior.

The father, mother and two young boys were running late, like so many families with young kids. The youngest was crying. He had gotten sick overnight. They climbed into the SUV and Dove helped get him into the car seat. His mother rubbed his legs to comfort him as they drove downtown.

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Suburban and Rural Poor Stranded – Overcoming Difficulties Accessing Healthcare and Food

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AMHA partners to bring services
to Twinsburg community Part 2

Story by Lyndsey Schley

 

Vaccines and WIC aim to keep babies healthy

Women, men and young children came and went from the impromptu waiting room outside the WIC Clinic at Pinewood Gardens April 30th. Children played with a bead maze while their guardians filled out forms.

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) provides services for pregnant women, recent mothers and children up to the age of five. These services include a food program, health care referrals and nutritional education.

The clinic was formed three months ago, after AMHA realized community members were traveling to Akron for their WIC appointments, Morehouse said. Macedonia was closer, but it was not on the bus line.

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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