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Mission:  The Portage Metropolitan Housing Authority is dedicated to meeting the housing needs of low-income families and individuals of Portage County by developing, managing and supporting decent, affordable housing in cooperation with community partners.

Click the link above for information on PMHA's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Care Package Flyer

The Portage Metropolitan Housing Authority (PMHA) is committed to doing everything we can to ensure the health and well-being of our residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to assist our residents, we will be offering care packages to all of our housing programs participants in the Section 8 and Public Housing programs. The care packages contain hand sanitizer and a cloth facemask for each household member.

The distribution of these care packages will take place at the PMHA Office for all participants in the Section 8 program, as well as for Public Housing scattered site residents. For each Public Housing site and for Portage Landings residents, the distribution will take place at each of these properties. Please refer to the below schedule of events:

Eastowne Manor: August 18, 2020 at 10:00am-11:30am and 3:00pm-4:30pm
Etna House: August 19, 2020 at 10:00am-11:30am
Townsquare Villas: August 20, 2020 at 10:00am-11:30am and 5:00pm-6:30pm
Athena Gardens: August 20, 2020 at 10:00am-11:30am and 5:00pm-6:30pm
Heritage Knolls: August 24, 2020 at 10:00am-11:30am and 5:00pm-6:30pm
Portage Landings: August 24, 2020 at 10:00am-11:30am and 5:00pm-6:30pm
Community Estates: August 25, 2020 at 10:00am-11:30am and 5:00pm-6:30pm
Renaissance Place: – August 26, 2020 at 10:00am-11:30am and 5:00pm-6:30pm
Harvest Woods: August 27, 2020 at 10:00am-11:30am and 5:00pm-6:30pm
Walnut House: PMHA staff will arrange delivery to house manager
Section 8 / PMHA Main Office: For all Section 8 program participants plus Public Housing scattered site residents: August 26, 2020 at 5:30pm-7:30pm, August 27, 2020 at 5:30pm-7:30pm, and August 28, 2020 at 3:30pm-6:30pm

If you have any questions, please contact the PMHA office at 330-297-1489. To access a flyer listing all distribution dates/times/locations, click here: Distribution Dates Flyer

COVID-19 Statutory and Regulatory Waivers for the Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher Programs

Pursuant to the authority granted under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act (Public Law 116-136), HUD is waiving and establishing alternative requirements for numerous statutory and regulatory requirements for the Public Housing program and Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program.  These waivers provide administrative flexibilities and relief to public housing agencies (PHAs) in response to the COVID-19 national emergency. With respect to the Public Housing and HCV programs, use of these waivers is at the discretion of the PHA; however, HUD strongly encourages PHAs to utilize any and all waivers and alternative requirements as necessary to keep public housing and HCV programs operational to the extent practicable. The document that follows is a summary of the waivers, provided by HUD, and selected by the Portage Metropolitan Housing Authority.  Summary Of COVID-19 Waivers Implemented Under PIH Notices 2020-05 and 2020-13.

HUD Guidance for Renters During COVID-19

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has provided information and resources about paying rent during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Please click here to access this very important HUD guidance.

Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) Initiative at PMHA

On July 29, 2020, PMHA was honored to have a visit from the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Dr. Ben Carson. He discussed with us the important work of the Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) Initiative nationwide, as well as the excellent FYI work we have been doing locally, right here in Portage County. We are proud of our team here at PMHA, as well as our partners at Portage County JFS, and the youth who participate in this wonderful program. 

You may view the HUD press release here: https://www.hud.gov/…/press_releases_media_ad…/HUD_No_20_116

 Why is FYI so important? "The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) estimates that more than 20,000 young people age out of foster care each year. The National Center for Housing and Child Welfare (NCHCW) estimates that approximately 25% of these young people experience homelessness within four years of leaving foster care and an even higher share are precariously housed."

 Photo credit: HUD photography.

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