Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority Celebrates 85th Anniversary

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LMHA Commissioners and Leadership at LMHA 85th Anniversary are (L-R) are James Peppers, Alisha Gant, Cheryl Phillies, John McGuire, Coleena Ali, LMHA President and CEO Demetria Simpson, Qoaquin Cintron Vega, Kattie Bond, and Karen Baird.

By Toledo Journal Staff

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 hosted their  anniversary event on Thursday January 24th  at Parkway Place in Maumee, Ohio. The theme for the event was ‘Onward and Upward,Continuing the Journey From Good to Great’. The keynote speaker was Judge Glenda Hatchett.

LMHA Anniversary Keynote Speaker was Judge Glenda Hatchett.

Judge Hatchett presides over the nationally syndicated television show, Judge Hatchet.  Both in 2008 and 2009 her show was nominated for a daytime Emmy awards for outstanding legal/courtroom program. In 2004 she authored  the national best-seller, ‘Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say’. In 2010 she had another  #1 best-seller, ‘Dare To  Take Charge: Hoe to live your Life on Purpose’. Judge Hatchett has also been active with housing authorities across the country.

LMHA’s role has expanded significantly for over  85 years from  providing public housing to focusing on developing wrap around services to its residents. Today, the housing authority-a quasi-government 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.

Judge Glenda Hatchett signs copies her book at LMHA’s 85th Anniversary.

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

Their  mission is to. create and maintain sustainable, affordable housing opportunities, provide pathways to  better quality of life and empower vibrant communities. They serve 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. In addition, other services coordinated through LMHA include: healthcare, education, family self-sufficiency (FSS), resident opportunities and self-sufficiency, Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG), commodities, Children Feeding Program, Work Your Way Home, Youth Program, Senior Program, Financial Literacy, and  HCV Home ownership.

They have many current programs focusing on infant mortality, feeding Lucas County children, providing education and training to low-income individuals, just to name a few.

The 85th Anniversary Sponsors are recognized.

LMHA partners with many other community organizations to bring  these and other programs to the community and are the result of successful collaborations with numerous community partners.