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.
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.
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.
Ohio Benefit Bank
SMHA is an Ohio Benefit Bank site. One of our trained counselors can help check eligibility, prepare paperwork, and electronically file for state and federal benefits, including food stamps, health insurance coverage, and more. By appointment only, please.
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