Helping to Feed the Hungry

SCHTF Top5 (1)The Stark County Hunger Taskforce’s  website poses the question: “Will you help fight hunger at home this summer?” The statistics are staggering: 1 in 4 children, 1 in 6 residents, and 10% of the senior population in Stark County is hungry.

This summer, SMHA is proud to be a part of the Stark County Hunger Taskforce’s summer campaign “Hunger at Home”. Beginning Monday, June 29th a donation drop off box will be available in the Planning and Development and Community Services Department at the SMHA Central Offices.

The top 5 needed items are: canned meats, peanut butter, soup, canned fruit and vegetables, and pasta although, any non-perishable item donated will be appreciated.

With hunger affecting 27,000 Stark County residents per month, it is vital that we help fight hunger at home this summer and in the future. Join us in supporting Stark County Hunger Taskforce’s efforts to bring food to so many in need.

To learn more about Stark County Hunger Taskforce and Hunger at Home visit: http://starkhunger.org/will-you-help-fight-hunger-at-home-this-summer/

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Family Programs at Linwood Acres

Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority in collaboration with the Early Childhood Resource Center is offering family programing for children at Linwood Acres! Felicia Nicholson with ECRC works closely with children and their parents to provide educational and fun activities during the summer months.

20150624_115343 (00000002)Each month, the children are engaged in theme related activities. For the month of June, activities relating to transportation including: a car wash, air rocket control, and a bicycle race have been underway at Linwood.

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Today, more than 10 children gathered in the community room to participate in activities relating to what they love about summer. The craft for the day, creating a hot air balloon made from construction paper and a coffee filter, was an interactive way for the children to express their individuality and creativity.

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Joe Parker, manager of the Linwood location; Lisa Seeden, SMHA Resident Services Coordinator; Aryn Watkins, a SMHA summer intern; Jamon McClain, a SMHA summer youth counselor; and other volunteers enjoyed an exciting afternoon of arts and crafts and story time before the daily hot lunch program, also scheduled throughout the summer months at Linwood and another SMHA location–Ellisdale

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“Promoting literacy is a major component of the family programs at Linwood”, stated Ms. Nicholson who explained that July’s theme, Take a Look Read a Book, is centered on literacy enrichment. “The goal is to read 10 books by July 29th. I know that they will far exceed that because the parents here at Linwood are very involved and read to their children.” 20150624_115015 (00000002)

The Law & You

The Law and YouThe Criminal Justice Committee of the Stark NAACP will be hosting “The Law &You” a free event to the public which will address guidelines for interacting with law enforcement. Special guests will include Prosecutor Angela Walls Alexander, The Canton City and Perry Township Police Departments, and Defense Attorney John Alexander. The event will be held at the Coleman Community Center 1400 Sherrick Rd. SE Canton, OH on Monday, June 29th at 6:00 PM. This event is open to the public and refreshments will be served.

Time to Vote for your Resident Association Officers!

Resident AssociationThe SMHA Resident Association is jurisdiction-wide and represents all Stark County residents living in SMHA developments. If you would like to nominate someone or be nominated to serve as a Resident Association Officer there are several ways to do so:

1. Stop down to Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority Central Office located at 400 E. Tuscarawas St. Canton, OH 44702 and sign up in the lobby.

2. Visit the management office at your housing development and sign up there.

3. Nominations will be taken from the floor on election day.

The election will be held August 18, 2015 at 6:00 PM at the SMHA Central Office.

Connecting with the Community

Many exciting things are happening at Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority and we look forward to sharing them with our residents and members of the Stark County community! In a few short weeks, SMHA will be presenting the 2014-2015 Annual Report to the community which will provide a general overview of the services we provide and the clients we provide them to. With so many positive changes transpiring over the past fiscal year, the Annual Report will highlight some of SMHA’s accomplishments, events, and partnerships.

Yesterday, we had the pleasure of working with Shawn Wood of Studio 7 Photography as he captured some memorable moments at our Central Office and the Eric Snow Family YMCA in downtown Canton which will be featured in the Annual Report. YMCA1

In March 2015, SMHA and the YMCA joined together to assist SMHA residents with access to YMCA programs and services throughout the county. We look forward to the continued growth of our partnership with the YMCA and establishing future relationships with other organizations which will positively impact our community. YMCA2

Workshops for Contractors

  THE STARK METROPOLITAN HOUSING AUTHORITY (SMHA) TO HOST A SERIES OF INFORMATIVE WORKSHOPS FOR CONTRACTORS The Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority (SMHA) is initiating a proactive approach to partnering with local contractors and vendors for its various construction, service, and maintenance projects. A series of informative workshops hosted by the Planning and Development Department will focus on providing interested contractors with the knowledge, tools, and resources to successfully register their company; complete necessary paperwork to comply with local, state, and federal regulations; and successfully submit quote, bid, and proposal documents to SMHA. With an anticipated increase of  24% in the number of scheduled projects from 2014 to 2015, the Planning and Development Department’s efforts to expand its registered contractor list; educate registered contractors on prevailing wages, Section 3, Women Business Enterprise (WBE) and Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) classification, and required Housing and Urban Development (HUD) forms; and increase the awareness and accessibility of partnering with SMHA, are critical to ensure that projects are completed in an accurate and timely manner. Development team Group contractor workshops will be held, tentatively, the first Wednesday of each month at 3:00 PM beginning July 2015 at the SMHA Central Office at 400 East Tuscarawas St. Canton, OH 44702. Workshops are also available in a one-on-one setting for those who would prefer a more individualized informative session. Contractors who would like to attend group workshops or would like to schedule a one-on-one session are asked to contact Ashley Wright in the Planning and Development Department (330) 454- 8051 ext. 370 or by email at awright@starkmha.org  to register. Aaron LedetThe Director of Planning and Development stated, “It is our goal to provide anyone who is interested in working with SMHA the opportunity to do so. Our workshops are designed to be an engaging and educational experience where contractors can learn more about partnering with SMHA and get answers to questions they may have. We are excited to take a proactive approach connecting with local businesses and community members to grow our current registration list in order to complete more projects at our housing locations and ultimately, better serve the residents of Stark County.”