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