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Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority Celebrates 85th Anniversary

Event Held on Thursday, January 24, at Parkway Place


TOLEDO, Ohio, January 23, 2019 – Since 1933, Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority (LMHA) has been caring for the housing needs of the Toledo community by providing affordable housing to adults, seniors and children.

To commemorate 85 years of providing affordable housing opportunities and strengthening communities, Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority will host an 85th Anniversary event on Thursday, January 24, at Parkway Place in Maumee, Ohio. The theme for the event is Onward and Upward, Continuing the Journey from Good to Great. The keynote speaker will be Judge Glenda Hatchett.

Judge Hatchett presides over the nationally syndicated television show, Judge Hatchett, (Sony Pictures Television).The Judge Hatchett Show was nominated for two daytime Emmy awards for outstanding legal/courtroom program in 2008 and 2009. In 2004, Hatchett authored the national best-seller, “Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say” (HarperCollins) and released “Dare to Take Charge: How to Live Your Life on Purpose” in 2010 (CenterStreet) which became a #1 national bestseller. Judge Hatchett has also been active with housing authorities across the country.

LMHA’s role has expanded significantly over 85 years from providing public housing to focusing on developing wraparound services to its residents. Today, LMHA – a quasi-governmental agency – owns and manages 2,633 public housing units and provides subsidized housing to 17,500 individuals. It is governed by a five-member Board of Commissioners appointed by the Mayor of Toledo, the Lucas County Commissioners, and the Probate and Common Pleas Courts.

LMHA’s President and CEO Demetria Simpson said, “We have made great strides in helping our residents improve their quality of life and become self-sufficient. This event will focus on the empowerment opportunities provided to our residents, and the development of myriad community partnerships which help us continue the journey onward and upward.”

With the mission to “create and maintain sustainable, affordable housing opportunities, provide pathways to a better quality of life and empower vibrant communities,” LMHA serves a much broader mission than housing by providing programs and opportunities to improve the total quality of life for residents with the ultimate goal of helping them achieve self-sufficiency. Services coordinated through LMHA Resident Services and community partners include:


·  Healthcare

·  Education

·  Family Self Sufficiency (FSS)

·  Resident Opportunity and Self Sufficiency

·  Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG)

·  Commodities

·  Children Feeding Program

·  Work Your Way Home

·  Youth Programming

·  Senior Programming

·  Financial Literacy

·  HCV Home Ownership

·  Job Training 

Current program initiatives include a focus on infant mortality, feeding Lucas County children, providing education and training to low-income individuals through the Health Professional Opportunity Grant, 2Gen (a multi-generational program that addresses families with young children), Housing First (a program for homeless individuals) and The Hope Project (a program aimed at helping individuals maintain housing while addressing mental health and substance usage issues). LMHA partners with many other community organizations to bring these and other programs to the community.

About Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority

Established in 1933, Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority (LMHA) continues to provide affordable housing to adults, seniors and children in its Public Housing, Housing Choice Voucher, Mixed-Income and market rate housing units. LMHA also provides a myriad of programs and opportunities designed to improve the total quality of life for our residents with the ultimate goal of achieving self-sufficiency. The programs and services are the result of successful collaborations with numerous community partners.

Additional information can be found at www.lucasmha.org



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