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City of Akron

Housing and Community Services Division
(330) 375-2050
166 S. High Street – Room 100
Akron, OH 44308
Planning@AkronOhio.gov

Nancy S. Cook, Housing Rehabilitation Manager
Thomas A. Tatum, Housing Rehabilitation Administrator
Douglas Taylor, Housing Rehabilitation Supervisor
Amanda Groeger, Secretarial Staff

The office also includes Loan and Grant Specialists and Rehabilitation Specialists

The Housing and Community Service Division performs a variety of functions related to preserving and improving the quality of life for Akron residents. Areas of responsibility include:

Assistance in rehabilitation and remediation of lead hazards within Neighborhood Redevelopment and Initiative Areas, Neighborhood Business Districts and LEAP eligible areas
Assistance in home rehabilitation for low-income, elderly, and disabled homeowners
Provision of funding and administrative support to Community Development Corporations and Housing Development Organizations
Provision of grant funds for assistance in home security, accessibility, and house painting services
Assistance in implementation of Neighborhood Stabilization Program
Neighborhood Stabilization Program

The Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) uses federal grant funds to buy, fix up, and resell foreclosed and abandoned homes. The Housing and Community Service staff assists in the implementation of the NSP by conducting inspections of foreclosed housing units, preparing cost estimates for applicable properties and overseeing the contracts for lead remediation and rehabilitation work. For more information on purchasing one of these mark up homes at a start up price please visit Akronliving.org

First Time Lower Income Home Buyer Opportunities

The City works with several nonprofit housing development corporations to provide new and rehabilitated housing for purchase at affordable prices. Households with income less than 80% of the median income can also receive matching down payment assistance to help purchase these homes. To find out more call 330-375-2050.

Akron Healthy Homes Production (Coalition) Program (AHHPCP) Grant

Grant Award: Department of Housing and Urban Development $1.8 million
Target Area: City of Akron, Ohio
Housing Unit Goal: 232 units
Time Frame: November 2011-October, 2014
Due to the overwhelming response, this program will not accept applications at this time

Partner Agency’s:
County of Summit Department of Community and Economic Development Weatherization (HWAP) Program; Rebuilding Together Greater Cuyahoga Valley (RBT), Akron Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CHMC), the SUMMA Health System and SUMMA Foundation, East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation (EANDC), Keep Akron Beautiful, Inc., the Akron Fire Department and the Summit County Health District (SCHD) Division of Environmental Health.

Program Summary:
The AHHPCP will reach low and moderate income, families with children, elderly and adults in Akron, Ohio. The Program will address the seven Healthy Homes components, with an emphasis on three goals for eligible clients: “Keep it Dry”, “Keep it Safe”, “Keep it Clean”. The program is designed to develop, demonstrate and promote cost-effective, preventative measures to correct multiple safety hazards in the home. The program will work closely with the existing HUD funded Akron Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant program as well as the SCHD Lead Based Paint Hazard Control Program. The AHHPCP grant will give priority to inner city enterprise zones and enterprise communities. These areas have very high socio-economic and environmental risk factors. These factors include the age of housing, high poverty, crime, low proficiency scores and concentrated ethnicity. The AHHPCP will utilize a whole house assessment method to indentify and coordinate resources to address such healthy homes issues as roofing, indoor allergens, lead paint, mold, or safety hazards.

AHHPCP Strategy utilizing assessment tools:
The City’s strategy will utilize a client -specific combination of pre and post interview assessment survey conducted by the Summit County Health District Environmental Health Education specialist, and specific home assessment using the Healthy Homes Rating System (HHRS) by Healthy Homes Program Inspectors. This process will prioritize what rehabilitation work will be performed.

Other Healthy Homes Resources:

The Ohio Healthy Homes Network:
HUD Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard:
The Seven principles of healthy homes
Independent Organization Representation

In conjunction with these responsibilities, members of the Housing and Community Services Division also provide representation on a number of boards and committees affiliated with the City of Akron including:

Ohio Conference of Community Development
Northeast Ohio Four County Planning & Development Organization
Rebuilding Together
Greenprint: Keep Akron Beautiful