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.

SMHA administers both transitional and permanent supportive housing:

Transitional housing – Transitional housing offers affordable housing for a limited period of time. Most will expect resident participation in a service plan that recommends seeking such services as counseling, money management, and job search. The services are designed to teach the skills needed to seek permanent, stable housing.

Permanent Supportive Housing – Permanent supportive housing combines housing assistance and supportive services for homeless persons with disabilities. They serve individuals and members of their household who have serious mental illnesses, chronic substance abuse problems, or AIDS and related diseases. Supportive services are provided on site or through partnering agencies, depending on individual and community needs.

For more information, you may contact:

Lisa Waikem Special Programs Coordinator/HCV Program at (330) 454-8051 ext. 399 or lwaikem@starkmha.org

Lisa Waikem, Special Programs Coordinator/ HCV Program

330-454-8051 Ext. 399