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Akron gets $4 million federal grant for preschool

By John Published: May 26, 2011

Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority is one of 10 recipients of a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to build an Early Childhood/Adult Learning Center in the Summit Lake neighborhood.

AMHA says this about the new center:

The Summit Lake Family Opportunity Center will be constructed adjacent to the City of Akron Recreation Center. It will include 4 Head Start Classrooms, 2 Akron Public Schools kindergarten classrooms, a kitchen, 2 computer labs, an adult learning classroom, parent education classroom, multi-purpose room and client meeting rooms.  AMHA residents will be able to access services via the Towpath Trail.  Services are available to all residents of the Summit Lake neighborhood and are not exclusive to AMHA residents.

AMHA  has scored some big grants from HUD in the past,  winning a $20 million HOPE VI grant in 2005  to remake Edgewood Homes.  That came on the heels of a  a similar grant of $19 million two years earlier to replace its oldest housing project, Elizabeth Park.

AMHA is giving credit to all of its community partners, including Akron Public Schools,  City of Akron,  Akron Summit Community Action,  Child Guidance & Family Solutions, Greenleaf Family Center, Akron Summit Public Library, Summit County Department of Job and Family Services, Project LEARN, Goodwill Industries and Boys & Girls Club.

AMHA was the only winner from Ohio. Other city housing authorities  wininng HUD grants included Boston, Albany,  St. Louis,  Camden, Seattle and Austin.

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