SMHA adopts temporary policy to help slow spread of virus.

The Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority has implemented a series of temporary policies to help slow transmission of COVID-19.


“We just want to limit interaction,” said SMHA Executive Director Herman Hill.


On Sunday evening, Hill provided the public housing agency’s staff of about 120 employees with directives that included these changes:


• Suspension of resident council meetings and youth activities.


• Property management offices (including the main office) and community rooms are closed; residents should email or call.


• No transfers, move-ins, move-outs, with the exception of McKinley Apartments, where only five residents remain and are under a federal Housing and Urban Development order to be out this week.


• Repayment agreements will be extended; rent payments should be made online or by mail.


• Visitors are discouraged, except for caregivers and medically-related needs.


• Emergency and urgent maintenance will be performed only after troubleshooting by phone.


Hill said he worked together with SMHA staff to devise the plan, which they believe is a best effort to help protect employees and residents.


SMHA operates 2,544 public housing units throughout Stark County and assists about 4,000 families.



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