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Akron pursuing funding for Home Again program

9/12/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Stephanie Kist

Akron City Council approved two ordinances Sept. 9 authorizing applications for funding for the Home Again program.

The city will apply to the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families and Prevention, Retention and Contingency Program for $175,000 for one year and to the Homeless Crisis Response Program for $484,000 for two years.

The program funds homeless prevention and rapid rehousing efforts for homeless individuals or those who are in danger of becoming homeless. Eligible individuals can receive assistance with rent, deposits, moving costs and utilities.

In other business, Council heard from several people during public comments on topics ranging from ideas for paying for the massive combined sewer overflow project to Akron’s high rate of infant mortality. Also speaking was Gene Testa, of Copley, who owns property on Patterson Avenue and said the sidewalks near Patterson Park are dangerous and need to be repaired.

Council President Garry Moneypenny (D-Ward 10) responded the city’s sidewalk program has suffered funding cuts but Council members recently have voiced their eagerness to budget more money for sidewalks.

Council also greeted Richard Meester, president and CEO of Quest Medical Imaging, a company from the Netherlands that will be locating its U.S. headquarters in the Akron Global Business Accelerator.

Bob Bowman, deputy mayor for economic development, said the company has the potential to be a “change agent” in the area of surgical imaging.

“We’re happy to be here in Ohio to establish our company,” Meester said to Council. He added the company hopes to develop its camera system for cancer surgery within three years.

The next Akron City Council meeting will take place Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers on the third floor of the Akron Municipal Building, 166 S. High St. Committee meetings are set to begin at 2 p.m. that afternoon, also in Council Chambers.

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