AMHA Housing Programs Initiatives and Services

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
CEUs: $25.00
No CEUs: $15.00
1.0 CEUs available for:

  • LSW/LISW/SWA (CSWMFT #: RSX069601)

  • Nurses ​(via reciprocity with the CSWMFT board)



In the helping of others wouldn't you like to know the different options for housing that is offered through AMHA - Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority. In this workshop you will learn valuable services and support on how to illustrate the different housing offered - Public Housing; Hope VI, Housing Choice Voucher and other mixed finance approaches. Finally, you will also learn tips on Eviction Prevention, Waitlist Numbers, Application Process and then focusing an overview of Building For Tomorrow and Reach Opportunity with Education and Self Sufficiency. 


  • Participants will learn an overview of housing offered through AMHA including public housing, Hope VI and other mixed finance approaches, Housing Choice Vouchers, AMHA Permanent Supportive Housing, and Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant for Summit Lake Neighborhood

  • Participants will learn eviction prevention strategies and how to share these resources with their clients

  • Participants will learn what the AMHA waitlist numbers are and what the application process is for housing placement

  • Participants will learn about the legality of reasonable accommodation requests

  • Participants will learn about programs and collaborative community efforts related to AMHA resident services including the Building for Tomorrow program and the Reach Opportunity Center, and how they can positively impact their clients and families

  • Participants will discuss the educational opportunities AMHA offers residents and potential residents including digital inclusion, health & wellness, and self-sufficiency, and how these programs provide improved outcomes by addressing SDOH (social determinants of health)

About the Speaker: Brenna Herman

Brenna Herman has more than twenty five years of experience in housing.  As the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority (AMHA) Resident Services Senior Manager, she oversees the planning, implementation and operation of Resident Services (RS).  The AMHA RS department objectives reflect the agency goals to: Preserve and Expand Quality Affordable Housing; Pursue Excellence and Innovation; Cultivate Operational Efficiencies; and Improve Quality of Life with a focus on fostering community partnerships and supporting AMHA residents through education, economic independence and wellness programming. She is also responsible for initiatives to address the needs of the seniors and disabled residents as well as other special populations, including emancipated youth and targeted funding housing programs. 

Brenna holds a Bachelor’s degree in Gerontology from Bowling Green State University (Major Nursing Home Administration).  She is a graduate of Child & Family Leadership Exchange Class IX; a member of various community committees including the City of Akron Senior Citizens Commission, Senior Independent Living Coalition (SILC), Summa Health Community Engagement Committee and the Summit County Interdisciplinary Team (I-Team); and served on the Good Samaritan Hunger Center Board of Directors 2010-2016.


Class sizes are limited, so register early.  Classes with low registrations may be canceled.  If the class is canceled or moved, participants will be contacted via email at least 24 hours in advance.

Classes start and end on time.  To ensure a quality experience for all, please arrive (in-person) or log in (virtual) at least 15 minutes prior to the class start time.  CEU credits will be adjusted 0.25 credit hours for every 15 minutes not in attendance; adjusted certificates will be emailed to participants within 3 business days after the training.  Hard copies of certificates will be mailed upon request.

It is difficult to control room temperature to everyone's comfort level.  We suggest you dress in layers that can be adaptable to warm and cool temperatures.

For auditing purposes, arrival and departure times and signature are required on attendance sheets.