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Akron Council moves ahead with neighborhood program

4/24/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Stephanie Kist

DOWNTOWN AKRON — In legislative action at the April 21 Akron City Council meeting, Council approved an ordinance authorizing the city to enter into contracts with nonprofit neighborhood-based organizations for the Neighborhood Partnership program. Fifty-five organizations have been awarded a total of $226,000, which is less than half of the total amount of funding requested, said Jeff Fusco (D-at large).

He commented that that indicates the high need for services and the competitiveness among organizations for funds to help neighborhoods.

The Akron Community Foundation has agreed to provide up to $75,000, and the Knight Foundation has agreed to provide up to $25,000.

Council also approved a development agreement with CDM Miller LLC for the sale and redevelopment of property in the South Main Street/Miller Avenue redevelopment area in the Summit Lake neighborhood to make way for the construction of a Save-a-Lot grocery store.

The store will provide 11 full-time jobs and serve an area that is in need of grocery services, Fusco said.

In other business, Marilyn Keith (D-Ward 8) announced that a final push to register for mortgage assistance through Save the Dream Ohio is underway through April 30.

“This is a last-ditch effort,” she said.

Save the Dream Ohio, which is administered by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency and funded by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Hardest Hit Fund, works with approved housing counseling agencies to help homeowners avoid foreclosure.

The deadline to register is April 30. Assistance will be available April 28, 29 and 30 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Mason Community Learning Center, 700 E. Exchange St.

Save the Dream Ohio can help homeowners bring their delinquent mortgage current, make mortgage payments, reduce or eliminate their principle balance or pay delinquent property taxes or association fees. The average amount of assistance awarded is $14,400.

For more information, call 888-404-4674 or visit www.savethedream.ohio.gov.

The next Council meeting will be April 28 at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers in the Akron Municipal Building, 166 S. High St. Committee meetings are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. that afternoon, also in Council Chambers.

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