Calling All Youth Ages 13-18

SMHA would like to invite all youth between the ages of 13-18 years of age, who reside in SMHA public housing developments or whose families are a part of any SMHA housing program, to attend SMHA’s Youth Advisory Board meeting which will be held on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 4:30 PM at Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority Central Office located at 400 E. Tuscarawas St. Canton, OH 44702. The purpose of this meeting is to identify interested youth who will serve on the advisory board and participate, in collaboration with housing authority staff, the planning, drafting, and—if funded—implementation of the State Farm Youth-Directed Service-Learning Action Program.

 As a member of the Youth Advisory Board, you will be required to attend meetings at SMHA Central Office and contribute in the planning of a selected service-learning project. With your assistance, SMHA will be applying for a grant ranging from $25,000-$100,000 which will focus on one or more issues identified by the State Farm Youth Advisory Board:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Community Safety and Justice
  • Economic Empowerment and Financial Literacy
  • Education and closing the Achievement Gap
  • Environmental Responsibility
  • Health and Wellness

 We need your help! If you or someone you know would like to be a part of our NEW Youth Advisory Board, we urge you to attend. Refreshments will be served!

 We look forward to seeing you at the Youth Advisory Board meeting! Come prepared to share your ideas of how to make Stark County a better place to live, work, and play.

Register for Recycling Program


If you live at Jackson Sherrick, Linwood Acres, or Ellisdale/Leshdale Homes, you are now able to register for SMHA’s Green Up Clean Up recycling program! In the upcoming weeks educational materials on recycling as well as workshops will be available onsite for all who wish to learn the many benefits of going green.

Fill out and return the  RESIDENT FLIER or contact Ashley Wright, Communications Manager to register for the recycling program.

Furnace Training Underway

A furnace training refresher course for maintenance staff and managers was held at SMHA’s DMD building on March 3, 2016. “The training was success,” stated HVAC technician Gary Tanksley. SMHA’s goal is to provide staff with hands-on-training and workforce development opportunities which, in turn, will provide residents with more efficient, quality service. Tanksley is confident that the training will be advantageous in that it will alleviate many of the obstacles faced by staff during their daily work schedule. “There is a process for working on furnaces and we hope to provide staff with valuable training opportunities to gain a better understanding of that process. We encourage any property managers, maintenance II and III workers, and custodians who are a part of the overtime crew to attend the next training,” Tanksley added. The next furnace training will be offered on March 16th and 17th beginning at 9:00 AM at the DMD building.