AKRON, Ohio — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced new funding initiatives Thursday afternoon, including a $2.3 million award to the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority.
According to HUD, the new funding is intended to help public housing families to increase their earned income and become self-sufficient.
Joesph Galvan, Midwest Regional Administrator, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development was joined by Marco Sommerville, Senior Advisor to Mayor Horrigan, City of Akron; Connie Krause, Director of Community and Economic Development, County of Summit; and Brian Gage, Executive Director, Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority.
The funding is part of a bigger investment of $20 million awarded to nine public housing agencies. The money was awarded through HUD's Jobs Plus program, supporting work readiness and connecting public housing residents with employment, education and financial empowerment services.
“This Jobs Plus grant awarded to the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority supports our community revitalization efforts around Summit Lake and will help advance the Summit Lake Vision Plan as it relates to empowering Akron families. We are pleased to be a supportive partner in this evidence-based program,” city of Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan said.