AMHA Update on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) For Residents

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The Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority (AMHA) cares about the health and wellness of our residents, staff, and partners. To ensure that we are taking the necessary precautions regarding novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we are monitoring information provided to us by our local public health officials and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). We will provide periodic agency updates or status changes at www.akronhousing.org if and when more information becomes available.

AMHA is taking extra precautionary measures to ensure the wellbeing of our residents and staff by limiting in-person interactions as recommended by the CDC, and we ask that you do the same.  Due to some of these changes, you will experience some changes to the level of services you have previously received; however, please know we are doing the best that we can to continue to serve you. We encourage you to be informed and take the necessary precautionary measures for yourself and for your neighbors.       

 

Residents are encouraged to call AMHA’s Resident Hotline at 330-376-9908 for the latest information.

 

 

 

Current AMHA Status:

Updated 3/27/2020 at 11:15 am
  • No Walk-in Appointments. AMHA offices are open for appointment only. Walk-ins are not permitted at all AMHA locations.
  • Recertifications.  Effective March 23rd all recertifications will be completed through mail and email.
  • Work Order Requests. Non-essential work orders requests will be taken and logged; however, during this time, we will be responding only to essential work orders which protects the health and safety of residents and those that pose a threat to the building.  If we do come for a work order or repair, we ask that you leave the unit or separate yourselves from staff by being in another room in order to limit person to person contact.  
  • Cleaning. We are increasing the frequency and scope of cleaning that occurs at the properties and our offices. 
  • Rent Payment.  Please pay rent online at www.akronhousing.org (All credit card fees have been waived for 3 months.), or mail your rent to the address in your rent statement.  If you need to request a rent extension for the month of April, please call, email or fax your Property Management office.  The Property Manager or Management Aide will fill out the form based on the information you provide.  Any approved rent extension for April will need to be paid no later than 5/8/2020.  Please note, May’s rent payment will still be due on May 1st and no later than May 8thPlease note this is for AMHA Public Housing Residents only. Housing Choice Voucher holders are expected to pay their landlord as usual. 
  • Community Rooms Closed.  All AMHA Community Rooms are closed.
  • Limit Visitors.  Please limit visitors to your unit and the building to those that are essential for health and safety reasons.
  • Limit Groups. Please limit group interactions in common areas such as the lobbies and including outside of the buildings as much as possible, try to avoid groups of 10 or more. 
  • Turning In Paperwork. Paperwork being returned to Central Office can be left in the dropbox outside of the main office. Please write who the paperwork needs to be delivered to before placing it in the box.
  • Call or Email Only.  We are moving to a telework environment so please utilize telephone or email communication rather than person to person interaction. 

 

AMHA Events/ Programs

AMHA has suspended all programs and events that do not impact the basic needs of our residents. This includes resident sponsored events and gatherings in AMHA community spaces.

Mobile Meals will continue as scheduled.

The Reach Opportunity Center is closed until further notice.

Parents as Teachers, SPARK, and Service Coordination home visits and face to face appointments have all been suspended. Virtual appointments or telephone appointments are encouraged. Call your coordinator to set up an alternative appointment. 

Letter to the Community

Please Click Here to access a letter from AMHA Executive Director, Brian Gage, to the community. 

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Guidance for AMHA Residents Regarding Ohio’s Stay in Place Order

 

On Sunday, March 22, Governor Mike DeWine issued a mandatory Stay at Home Order for the State of Ohio. The Stay At Home Order is an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19. AMHA residents should comply with the Stay at Home Order, including limiting your visitors unless they are essential in maintaining your health and safety.

 

In certain instances, leaving your home is permitted; however, if you must leave your home, please do so responsibly. Wash your hands regularly, maintain responsible social distancing (6 feet between other individuals), limit interactions with others including in the lobbies and other indoor/outdoor common areas.  Please note that AMHA buildings are still smoke free. All usage of tobacco products should be done outside of the building in designated smoking areas while maintaining responsible social distancing.

 

Below is a list of approved reasons to leave your home:

Health and safety

Emergency medical services, obtaining medical supplies and medication or visiting a health care professional for people or pets in the household.

Necessary supplies and services

Groceries and food, household consumer products, supplies to work from home, automobile supplies, and products to maintain safety and sanitation of residences.

Taking care of others

Caring for a family member, friend or pet in another household and giving rides to family members, friends or pets for reasons allowed in the order. This includes attending weddings and funerals.

Outdoor activity

Walking, hiking, running, biking, going to public parks and open outdoor recreation areas; however, public playgrounds will be closed.

Certain types of work

Healthcare and public health operations, human services operations, governmental functions and essential infrastructure

 

This is not a comprehensive list; for the full list, please see the full Stay at Home order. To see Governor Dewine's Stay At Home order click here. 

Tips for your Health:

To learn more about how to stay healthy and protect yourself and others, please follow these guidelines provided by the CDC.

  • Take everyday precautions
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Do not go to work if you are sick.
  • Take everyday preventive actions
  • Clean your hands often
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place.
  • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.
  • Wash your hands after touching surfaces in public places.
  • Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc.
  • Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell phones)
  • Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces. Your risk of exposure to respiratory viruses like COVID-19 may increase in crowded, closed-in settings with little air circulation if there are people in the crowd who are sick.

 

Other Resources:

 

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School Lunch Relief

 

In an effort to compile accurate information for our residents in one place, AMHA has compiled a list of school lunch distribution policies for school districts in our area. Please note, these guidelines may change. Please confirm these resources with your district. 

 

Akron Public Schools

During extended closure, student meals will be available beginning Tuesday, March 17, at all APS neighborhood schools.

Pickup for food will be Monday through Thursday at APS neighborhood schools' main entrance from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Students will receive "To Go" bags for breakfast and lunch every day, and on Thursdays they will be given extra meals to cover Friday.

No meals will be served at Ott, Essex, Stewart, Early College, NIHF STEM, STEM HS, I PROMISE or Miller South. These students may come to any other neighborhood school and receive meals.

Please note: Meals are available to all children ages 1-18, regardless of the school they attend.

 

Barberton City Schools

From Wednesday March 18- Wednesday April 1, Packets of food will be available at all Barberton City School buildings (BHS, BMS, Barberton West, Barberton East, and Preschool), at AMHA homes, and select parks in the City of Barberton, every Monday and Wednesday, from 10:00 am-11:00 am. The food packs on Monday are designed to help each student have enough to eat through Wednesday morning. The food on Wednesday is designed to help each student have enough to eat through lunch on Friday. These are not specifically portioned meals, so it is important to help your student build each meal so it will last as intended. 

The list of community locations where food packs will be available is:

  • Carl J. Harter Park | Kenmore Avenue | Barberton, Ohio 44203
  • Breitenstine Park | 420 37th Street SW | Barberton, Ohio 44203
  • Crisman Park | 175 Morgan Street |  Barberton, Ohio 44203
  • Tuscora Park | 501 E. Tuscarawas Avenue | Barberton, Ohio 44203
  • Crimson Terrace | 408 Herms Court | Barberton, Ohio 44203
  • Van Buren Homes | 410 Pasadena Plaza | Barberton, Ohio 44203


Any food not picked up during the appointed time will be available at our local Salvation Army.

 

Woodridge Local Schools

Order Form for Student Meals (DUE MONDAY March 16, 2020 @ 10am) woodridge.k12.oh.us/meals

 

Twinsburg City School District

During the school closure for COVID-19, the Twinsburg City School District will continue to make breakfast and lunches available to students who are eligible for the Federal Free and Reduced-Price Meal Program. They plan to distribute five (5) days' worth of meals one time each week usually on Tuesdays to all eligible, participating students at three (3) locations:

  • Reminderville Athletic Club (RAC)/Drug Mart Parking Lot @10:30 a.m.
  • Deer Run @ 11:15 a.m.
  • Ray Court/Pinewood Gardens @12:00 p.m.

Their first distribution will cover seven (7)-days and will be distributed on Friday, March 20th both at the designated Meal Drop Sites as well as at Samuel Bissell Elementary School.

They ask that TCSD families follow the link below by March 18, 2020 to take advantage of the distribution days: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScDp6f0650_GMvUCiEDJJhxwzvg1zppGvYlDhxA3EXtAB1bDg/viewform