Public Housing

Public Housing

The Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority administers the Public Housing Program, which was created by the U.S. Housing Act of 1937 and is funded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The SMHA Public Housing Program provides eligible residents of Stark County with quality affordable housing in decent, safe, and nourishing neighborhoods. By working in partnership with public and private sectors, SMHA provides families with housing choice and the opportunity to achieve self-sufficiency.

SMHA is dedicated to providing livable communities that are decent, well maintained, free from drugs and violent crime, and made up of a diverse range of economic incomes so that the children of these communities have role models that are visibly striving to make economic gains for their families. We are committed to providing our residents with as many opportunities as possible to become economically self-sufficient. We shall do all of these things while serving our residents and neighboring citizens with the highest degree of professional courtesy, empathy, and respect.

Director of Asset Management

330-454-8051 ext. 373

The SMHA Public Housing Program consists of 2,546 affordable housing units that are owned and operated by SMHA. SMHA inspects each unit semi-annually to improve the overall conditions of our units and to improve tenant satisfaction. In addition to the SMHA semi-annual unit inspections, HUD performs an annual inspection of SMHA units to ensure compliance with HUD housing standards.

All people applying to the Public Housing Program are required to be screened to determine their eligibility for the program. All applicants are screened for any criminal background issues that might prevent them from participating in the housing program. Residents of the SMHA Public Housing Program typically pay an income-based rent payment each month. It is common for public housing residents to pay 30% of their adjusted monthly income in rent. The minimum rent for SMHA housing is $50.

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Section 8

The Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) began in 1975 as a way to assist low-income families, elderly, and individuals with disabilities to rent decent, safe, and affordable housing in the community. Through this program, individuals and families receive a “voucher,” also referred to as a “subsidy,” that can be used to obtain housing of their choice which meets the Section 8 program requirements. The Section 8 Program also provides the opportunity for eligible residents to receive assistance with monthly utility costs. Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority (SMHA), through a contract with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), has successfully operated a Section 8 Program in Stark County for over 30 years, providing housing assistance to approximately 1,500 families.

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Special Programs

The Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority administers programs that serve the needs of homeless individuals and families in our community.

To find out if you are eligible to receive assistance for our homeless programs, you must contact the Homeless Hotline by phone at (330) 452-4363.

The Homeless Hotline is a central information program that answers questions about homeless programs in our community, maintains a list of available shelter beds, and directs those who need service to the correct agency. The staff at the hotline will assist you in determining the type of help you need.

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