Resident Services Department

Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority (SMHA) offers a wide variety of services and activities to assist our residents with obtaining the needed tools and resources to facilitate self-sufficiency, success, and an improved quality of life. By collaborating with various community agencies, we continue to focus on education, safety, and health and wellness initiatives that benefit the full spectrum of our resident population.

Albert H. McIlwain Scholarship

For over 20 years, the Albert H. McIlwain Scholarship has provided educational opportunities to worthy members of the Stark County community. Annually, SMHA honors two public housing residents or HCV participants with a $500 scholarship to help fulfill academic and career goals. These scholarships are an intricate part of SMHA’s goal to develop opportunities for our residents to build leadership skills, a strong work ethic, and foster education and career success.

Lisa Seeden

Resident Services Manager

(330) 454-8051 ext. 318

Rikki Kadri
Resident Services Coordinator
(330) 454-8051 ext. 327

Tyana Chambers
Community Health Worker
(330) 454-8051 ext. 386

DaNicca Baker

Alliance Towers Resident Services Coordinator

(330) 823-5120


Resident Initiative Program

The Resident Initiative Program was designed to assist residents with achieving self-sufficiency through employment opportunities, job training, mentorships, and access to educational resources. The program supports residents through their educational and career endeavors and serves to promote these efforts through local partnerships and programs in our community.

Summer Lunch Program

In collaboration with Plain Local Schools, SMHA offers lunch to school-aged children at various housing sites. We recognize the importance of promoting healthy lifestyle choices for our residents; providing a nutritious lunch during the summer months is one way that SMHA impacts and serves our youth.

Senior Support

SMHA prides itself on providing programs and services that benefit the health and wellness of our senior residents. Influenza vaccines are made available to qualifying residents at little or no cost. Meals on Wheels provides hot lunches at various locations, and Senior Council forums meet monthly to exchange information on topics of concern and provides valuable resources to our senior residents.

Public Housing Newsletter

Published every other month and mailed with the rent statements, the SMHA newsletter features current information about programs and services that are available for residents as well as articles concerning the Resident Association, safety and security, fair housing, and more. Copies of the newsletter are also available at the management offices.

Resident Association

The SMHA Resident Association is the jurisdiction-wide resident association that represents all Stark County residents living in SMHA developments. SMHA is required, by law, to provide the Resident Association with funding for programs and operations. The Resident Association manages its own accounts and contributes to many events and opportunities that benefit residents. Please consider attending one of our informative monthly meetings held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, January through June and September through November. We provide transportation to and refreshments at each meeting. We look forward to welcoming you to our monthly meetings and many activities.

Impacting Our Community

YMCA Partnership Provides Healthy Lifestyle Choices

The YMCA and SMHA formed a partnership in March 2015 to assist residents with access to YMCA programs and services throughout the country. With access to 250 group exercise classes, a variety of health and wellness programs for youth and families, residents are able to learn about healthy lifestyle choices and are provided the support to implement them in their daily lives.

Family Resource Rooms Open at Linwood Acres and Jackson Sherrick

In collaboration with the Early Childhood Resource Center, Incept, and Stark County Job and Family Services, SMHA is proud to announce the opening of two family learning stations that offer a dramatic play area, an art station, and a quiet reading area.

Brochures and Flyers

Programs and Services Guide

Cribs for Kids Flyer

Stark County’s Safe Sleep Education Toolkit

FREE Tax Preparation

Member Resident Scholarship Program