Special Housing Options
Spicer Terrace is AMHA’s first permanent supportive public housing project and serves Summit County’s homeless, disabled youth ages 18-24. Spicer Terrace addresses homelessness at an early age and provides the primary basic need of shelter combined with supportive services that will allow at-risk young adults the opportunity to access the resources necessary to promote self-sufficiency. The services are provided by the project’s community partners and include educational support, career preparation, budget and financial management education, health education, and alcohol, drug and mental health treatment, among others.
The recently constructed building contains 12 one bedroom apartments and transformed the site, which previously hosted a vacant, obsolete structure. The building was designed and constructed by the design-build team of Cavanaugh Building Corporation and Four Points Architectural Services and is Green Communities certified. This project was made possible through partnerships with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) and the Summit County Continuum of Care for the Homeless, which committed and administered HUD Replacement Housing Factor funds and OHFA Capital Funding to the End Homelessness Initiative grant funds.
Continuum of Care (CoC) Program
The Continuum of Care (CoC) Program, formerly the Shelter Plus Care (S+C) Program provides rental assistance in connection with matching supportive services. The S+C Program provides a variety of permanent housing choices, accompanied by a range of supportive services funded through other sources. To qualify for this program, you must be homeless and accept case management services from Community Support Services (CSS), Portage Path Behavioral Health, or Community AIDS Network/Akron Pride Initiative (CANAPI). All referrals must go through the Homeless Hotline, (330)615-0577.
Family Unification Program (FUP)
The Family Unification Program (FUP) serves:
- Families for whom the lack of adequate housing is a primary factor in the imminent placement of the family’s child or children in out-of-home care or the delay in the discharge of the child or children to the family from out-of-home care
- Eligible youths who are working to overcome or prevent homelessness, are at least 18 years old and not more than 24 years old, and who have left foster care or will leave foster care within 90 days
Applicants are referred from and receive services through Summit County Children Services. FUP youth vouchers are limited to 36 months. There is no time limit for FUP family vouchers.
Mainstream Voucher Program
The Mainstream Voucher Program provides vouchers for low-income households that include a person(s) with disabilities. The program is designed to help tenants with disabilities live independently in the community. The household must include one or more non-elderly person(s) aged 18 to 61 with disabilities. AMHA has partnered with local agencies to provide services including: Coleman Professional Services, Community Support Services, County of Summit ADM Board, Direction Home, Family & Community Services, Inc., Portage Path Behavioral Health, Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board (Summit DD), Tri- County Center for Independent Living (TCILC), United Disability Services (UDS), and United Way of Summit County.
Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) Program
The HUD-VASH program combines Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance for homeless families with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs at its medical centers and in the community. The Cleveland Veterans Administration facility will refer all eligible HUD-VASH families to AMHA. The HUD-VASH HCV program will generally be administered in accordance with the regular HCV Program requirements. However, the Act allows HUD to waive or specify alternative requirements in order to effectively deliver and administer the HUD-VASH voucher assistance.
Project Based Housing Options
The Project-Based Voucher (PBV) program is a component of the Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP) that provides long term project-based affordable housing for very low and extremely low income households. Unlike the HCVP, PBV subsidies are not mobile. The subsidy is tied to a specific unit for the term of a Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) contract. Applications for these housing options must be made through AMHA’s online pre-application: https://akronhousing.tenmast.com/applyakronhousing/
Arlington Veterans Housing
These one bedroom units were rehabbed by the East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation and serve homeless veterans. The apartments are fully furnished and on-site case management is provided.
These one, two, and three bedroom units were developed through a HOPE VI grant and offer services including financial education and youth services. The community offers easy access to downtown and a network of neighbors to partner with.
Commons at Madaline Park
Located by The Job Center, these furnished, one bedroom apartments offer secure buildings with on-site case management. Additional on-site services are also available including peer mentoring, psychiatric services, and counseling.
These non-smoking, one and two bedroom apartments require one household member to be 62 years of age or older. The building was developed through a HOPE VI grant and overlooks the also newly developed Edgewood Village.
Retirement Residence of Green
Located in Green, Ohio, these one bedroom units are for persons 62 years of age or older. The building was designed with the needs of seniors in mind. All utilities are included in this secure, elevator access building.
Stoney Pointe Commons
Located on Vernon Odom Blvd. near the intersection with Romig Rd., these furnished, one bedroom apartments offer secure buildings with on-site services from Community Support Services (CSS) including mental and physical health care and case management. Eight of the units have been set aside for Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH).
Summit County Liberty House
These two bedroom furnished apartments are designed to meet the needs of veterans and their families. The units are located on Arch St. near Summa Hospital and on-site case management is provided by Family and Community Services.