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LORAIN METROPOLITAN HOUSING AUTHORITY 1600 Kansas Ave Lorain, OH 44052 440. 288. 1600 www. lmha. org
MISSION STATEMENT o The Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority is committed to providing safe, decent, and affordable housing for the residents of Lorain County.
ABOUT US Since 1938, Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority (LMHA) has provided affordable housing for the low -income citizens of Lorain County. We are federally subsidized through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD funds various housing programs that provide rent subsidy, giving low income individuals the opportunity to live with dignity while paying an affordable rent. As the largest landlord in Lorain County, LMHA strives to partner with local agencies to provide programs and activities to enrich the lives of its residents.
TYPES OF HOUSING Public Housing LMHA is the landlord and the participant’s rent is based on their income q There are over 1400 units q Applications are no longer being accepted for this program and the waiting list is currently closed q
PUBLIC HOUSING LOCATIONS LMHA MANAGES SITES IN LORAIN, ELYRIA, AMHERST, AND OBERLIN High Rises Lakeview Plaza Kennedy Plaza Albright Terrace J. F. Oberlin Homes Westgate Apartments Riverview Plaza Family Developments Westview Terrace Leavitt Homes Southside Gardens Oberlin Homes Wilkes Villa
PUBLIC HOUSING NEW CONSTRUCTION
ELDERLY AND DISABLED HOUSING Lorain International Plaza q 100 units Elyria Harr Plaza q 100 units
HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM (SECTION 8) The voucher follows the participant � Approximately 3200 vouchers � Participants choose units managed by private owners � Applications are no longer being accepted for this program and the waiting list is currently closed HUD VASH (vouchers for eligible homeless Veterans) HCVP Homeownership Program – open to current voucher holders only q (LMHA is a HUD Certified Housing Counseling Agency)
ADMISSIONS Applications available online only at: www. lmha. org q Paper applications are no longer accepted You may apply online at our Main office, 1600 Kansas Ave. , Lorain, OH 44052, during normal business hours Applications are no longer being accepted for this program and the waiting list is currently closed
ADMISSIONS GENERAL INFORMATION o Rent is based on 30% of the gross income Your length of time on the waiting list varies (we no longer use preferences or points) LMHA does not provide emergency housing Residents with no income pay a minimum rent amount of $50 per month A Security deposit is required for all units
RESIDENT SERVICES LMHA has found that once the housing needs are met, our residents have other needs that prevent their households from becoming self-sufficient. LMHA hopes to provide the assistance or referrals that will help enhance the residents’ life. LMHA partners with other agencies and service providers to offer various programming and services such as: Childcare – Horizon Activities Center (Wilkes Villa) q After School Nutrition Programs q Summer Food Programs q Transportation (limited) q
RESIDENT SERVICES CONT… Vita Free Tax Services q Employment Programs -STARS (OMJ) q Food Pantries q Recreational Programs q Education Assistance q Credit Counseling and Financial Literacy classes q Homebuyer Education q Green Thumb Program q **Services provided may be contractual**
SOME PARTNERS THROUGH COLLABORATION q q q q q Boys and Girls Clubs of Lorain County Metro Parks (Splash Zone) El Centro Lorain County Free Tax Program – United Way Ohio Means Jobs Horizon Activities Center Lorain County Health and Dentistry Lorain County Office on Aging- RSVP Lorain County Community Action Agency **We also partner with other Agencies, Organizations, and Service Providers throughout Lorain County who serve our Residents**
PROGRAMS AND OUTREACH Fatherhood Initiative
PROGRAMS AND OUTREACH Junior Olympics
PROGRAMS AND OUTREACH Green Thumb
PROGRAMS AND OUTREACH Green Thumb
LMHA SERVICE COORDINATION Provides assistance and access to communitybased supports, skills training, and resources. The Resident Service Coordinator (RSC) assists the elderly with referral services that may allow them to remain in their homes, maintain their independence, and avoid premature admission to more costly institutionalized care. The RSC works with adults in the family developments to assist them with achieving economic security by linking them to programs that will improve their literacy, job skills, education, money management, etc.
LMHA SERVICE COORDINATION The RSC serves as a liaison for the residents by providing direct assistance with upholding lease obligations, eviction prevention, house keeping, rent exemptions, etc. For more information, please contact: Elizabeth Boardwine, Resident Service Coordinator 1600 Kansas Ave. , Lorain, OH 44052 (440)-288 -7437 eboardw@lmha. org
FAMILY SELF –SUFFICIENCY (FSS) The Family Self-Sufficiency program is a free, goaldriven, voluntary program available to all residents wishing to achieve self-sufficiency. Participants have the opportunity to earn an interest -building, tax-free escrow account by working and paying rent. When a participant’s rent goes up due to an increase in earned income, the difference between the initial rent and the new rent is placed in an escrow account. Once goals are accomplished, the total saved amount will be issued to the participant. One-on-one case management.
FAMILY SELF- SUFFICIENCY COORDINATORS Public Housing Choice Voucher Jani Justice, PH FSS Case Manager Dolly Justice, HCV-HO Coordinator 1600 Kansas Ave HCV FSS Coordinator Lorain, OH 44052 1600 Kansas Ave (440) 288 -7488 Lorain, OH 44052 jjustic@lmha. org (440) 288 -7433 djustic@lmha. org
LMHA PROGRAM COORDINATION o o Resident Council (RC)- A governing elected body of officers at each high rise in position to help promote and accomplish the residents’ wants and needs. Resident Councils help residents empower themselves, better their lives, and help promote an effective partnership between residents and LMHA. Lorain Area Resident Council (LARC), Resident Advisory Board (RAB)- A governing board made up of Resident Council officers, Public Housing Family Site residents and Housing Choice Voucher participants who aspire to improve the quality of life for all LMHA residents.
LMHA PROGRAM COORDINATION Resident Assistant Watch (RAW) - Acts as the eyes and ears for identifying criminal activity at high rises. RAW works with the local police departments and the LMHA Investigator. Internal Neighborhood Watch. For more information, please contact: Evelisse Atkinson, Resident Program Coordinator 1600 Kansas Ave. , Lorain, OH 44052 (440)-288 -7428 eatkins@lmha. org