Building for Tomorrow

Obtain a Brighter Future

Building for Tomorrow (BFT) provides residents of the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority (AMHA) and other low income individuals with tools to reach their potential and to move beyond assisted housing and other public assistance. 

We focus on educational success, economic self-sufficiency and independent living. BFT strives to create a supportive sense of community where residents, no matter their stage in life, are given the power to realize and obtain a brighter future.

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Education Initiatives

ConnectHome Akron

ConnectHome Akron creates the opportunity for thousands of Summit County's low-income families to successfully cross the digital divide through the collaboration of several Core Partners and dedicated community organizations. For public housing and low-income residents, ConnectHome Akron is a critical bridge to gaining the digital access and skills increasingly needed to break the cycle of poverty and to create a future of financial independence.

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Early Childhood Initiatives

AMHA's Early Childhood Initiative (ECI) is a voluntary school-readiness program which gives parents the tools to be their child's first and most important teacher. Three thousand children under the age of five live in AMHA housing which is nearly 10% of all children under five living in in Summit County. ECI has three components: Home Visitation Programs, Parents as Teachers (PAT), Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids (SPARK), family outreach events and maternal depression programs.

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Reach Opportunity Center

The Reach Opportunity Center at Summit Lake is an educational facility for all residents in the Summit Lake neighborhood. The center helps families rise above poverty by providing a comprehensive system of education, support and resources that are instrumental to improving personal opportunities and achieving self-sufficiency. Collaborations with community partners have enabled us to offer programming from cradle to career for residents living in Akron's most impoverished neighborhood.

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ECONOMIC INDEPENDENCE INITIATIVES

We will continue to support the economic empowerment and self-sufficiency of AMHA residents. These efforts will focus on workforce development, vocational training, entrepreneurship and financial management. These services provide residents with the tools to control their own economic destiny and become financially self-sufficient empowering them to take steps to create stable income, build savings and stay out of significant debt.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS INITIATIVES

Chronic illness, mobility challenges, and feelings of isolation are common concerns among many low-income older adults and adults with disabilities who live in public housing. Like many older adults, this population does not get enough physical activity and is likely to have health and wellness service needs. Our goal is to ultimately decrease costs associated with senior living by providing programs to allow our seniors to age in place safely, independently and comfortably through the use of Personal Health Partners and on-site socialization.

Building for Tomorrow
100 West Cedar Street
Akron, Ohio 44307
330-376-9960

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