The Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority (SMHA) is a public nonprofit organization,
chartered by the State of Ohio, funded in part through the United States Department
of Housing & Urban Development to provide subsidized housing and resident initiative
programs for eligible citizens of Stark County. The SMHA operates in accordance
with the Federal Fair Housing Law. It is the policy of SMHA to house persons without
regard to race, color, religion, sex, family status, handicap, or national origin.
We are not just about bricks and mortar. We believe that going that extra mile to
ensure the quality of life is good for all residents. We want our residents to live
productive lives. Our standards are high, but to succeed in life, you cannot expect
anything less than the very best that one can do.
The SMHA is operated by a five (5) member Board of Commissioners. These members
are appointed for a five (5) year term and are not compensated for their services.
The Mayor of Canton (the largest city in Stark County) appoint two members, the
Stark County Commissioners appoint one member, the Stark County Court of Common
Pleas appoints one member and the Stark County Court of Common Pleas, Probate Division,
appoints one member. The current SMHA Board of Commissioners are:
Michael E. Williams - Executive Director
Barry Stayer - Deputy Director
Bruce Allison - Chief of Security and Safety
Robin Mingo-Miles - Director of Resident and Community Affairs
Charlie Moorhouse - Director
Annette Smith - Director of Administration