Spreading Kindness

Randon-Acts-of-Kidness“Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty”, a play on the adage “random acts of violence and senseless acts of cruelty”, was coined by American writer and editor Anne Herbert in 1982. Over the past 30+ years, the concept of spreading kindness by performing random and thoughtful gestures has drastically evolved. A quick look at  Twitter alone affirms the popularity of #RandomActsOfKindnessDay as it dominates as the top trending topic with more than 18.6K tweets. Celebrated February 14th-20th, it’s not too late to join in! While the possibilities are endless, here are some ways to spread kindness through random acts: smile, hold the door open for someone, give someone a compliment, let someone know that you appreciate them, or just say hello. These simple gestures of kindness are meaningful and produce a ripple effect! According to a study done by Standford University, when an individual is the receipient of kind words or gestures they are more likely to reciprocate that kindness to others.  Join SMHA in spreading kindness not only today, or this week, but everyday of the year.

For more on Random Act of Kindness Week check out these sites:





image 4This spring, SMHA will facilitate the Green Up Clean Up Project which will focus on engaging with over 750 families at Linwood Acres, Jackson Sherrick, Ellisdale, and Leshdale and securing partnerships with local organizations to administer litter prevention, educational, recycling, and beautification activities. SMHA plans to facilitate Keep America Beautiful educational workshops and activities, develop educational and promotional materials, and provide educational and hands-on learning experiences for children living in these communities. Residents who reside at these developments will have the opportunity to participate in a single-stream recycling program. Fliers will be mailed to all residents who, in turn, must fill out and return to join the program. Recycling bins will be delivered this spring to all residents who would like to participate. The following items can be recycled:

  • Glass Containers
  • Steel & Tin Cans
  • Plastic Containers
  • Milk & Juice Containers
  • Aluminum
  • Cardboard
  • Mixed Paper
  • Newspaper
  • Plastic Bags

If you are interested in going green and joining the SMHA recycling program and you reside at either the Jackson Sherrick, Linwood, Ellisdale, or Leshdale developments, please contact Ashley Wright, Communications Manager–awright@starkmha.org for more information.



Section 8 Recertification Specialist and Inspector Marvin Fox joined over 20 volunteers who participated in the Point and Time Count for the Homeless, a week long county-wide effort to identify and assist those in need during the cold winter months. As the Veteran’s Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) coordinator for SMHA, Marvin works with         organizations such as ICAN, the Homeless Coalition, and the local VA to support the chronically homeless in Stark County. Marvin reported that the Point and Time Count was a huge success!



Executive Director, Herman L. Hill, has completed all coursework and program requirements of the PHADA/Rutgers Executive Director Education Program (EDEP) certification. Through a joint partnership, PHADA, Rutgers University, and The State University of New Jersey offer an exciting new professional development opportunity for public housing executives who desire to stay current with industry standards and gain new insight into the     profession. The program consists of a series of ten courses designed to reinforce the technical, managerial, and strategic competencies required of a successful executive director: Executive Housing Management, Ethics, Financial Management, Legal Issues, Maintenance Management, Personnel Management, Procurement and Contract Management, PHAS/SEMAP, Planning for Change and Public Relations/ Communications.

SMHA’s Board of Commissioners appointed Herman L. Hill in February 2013 to serve as its executive director. Director Hill possesses over 12 years of public housing experience, earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Public Management from Cleveland State University’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, and holds additional certifications in the following areas: Public Housing Management, Hearing Officer, and Housing Choice Voucher Management.



Pay your Rent Online

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The option is now available for residents to pay their rent online! This service is provided by PayLease, the leading online payment processor for housing authorities and property managers. Residents can simply click on the Pay Online button on the SMHA website to be directed to the PayLease site where they can register and make their payment!