Early Childhood Initiative Helps Parents and Children with an Early Start to Education Part 2
By Lyndsey Schley
Children growing up in poverty have a different set of challenges than their more affluent peers. The Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority, or AMHA, believes their access to these children gives them an unique opportunity to help.
AMHA’s Early Childhood Initiative, or ECI, has gained national attention for their innovative approach to helping children within their system. We continue the story about AMHA’s work with the children and their parents who live in AMHA housing.
Posted in Education, Housing, Neighborhoods, Youth
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With some pretty big changes coming to the Continuum of Care (COC), new questions and hope begin to arise:
Will Transitional Housing in Summit County become a thing of the past?
Is Permanent Supportive Housing better?
Should those who are homeless have to address mental issues, addictions and any other issues they have in order to stay in government funded housing?
All of these things have been addressed by those who serves our area’s homeless population day in and day out.
Posted in Food, Health, Homelessness, Neighborhoods
Tagged Affordable housing, Akron, Akron-Summit Community Action, Community, Continuum of Care, domestic violence, drug abuse, Homelessness, Housing, HUD, Info-Line, mental illness, Substance abuse, Supportive Housing, Transitional Housing
By: Katie Sobiech
Something fresh and new is on the horizon for local, inner city communities and corner stores located in what are known as “food deserts”.
Believe it or not, food deserts do exist here in Akron.
Lack of fresh, healthy foods is an issue for many of our inner city communities. Just stop by any convenience store and you’ll see rows of candy, soda and other unhealthy items, while quality, whole foods are scarce. Akron Summit Community Action (ASCA), Let’s Grow Akron (LGA), Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority (AMHA) and other food-movement-minded groups and health conscious individuals have noticed this and taken action.
Some of their initiatives include the Taste it & Make it Series, Corner Store Project and Talks in the Garden. This all has brought healthy foods and education into blighted areas.
Posted in Food, Health, Sustainability
Tagged Akron, Akron-Summit Community Action, Convenience store, Food, Food desert, food deserts, Grocery store, healthy foods, LGA, United States
By Katie Sobiech
Recently noticed by CNN and CBS, the Circles Campaign (CC) formed to break the cycle of poverty currently exists in 70 communities and 24 states throughout the U.S.
It all began at “Move the Mountain Leadership Center” in New Mexico as a conversation between welfare recipients and social workers. There they discussed ways to address poverty, build relationships and connect people to services and resources.
Initial results from this campaign showed that for every $1 spent on the program, $2 in welfare and food stamp subsidies were returned to the state, and $4 to the community as new earned income (www.circlescampaign.org).