Jon Gavierre came to his East High School teacher six years ago with an asment most seniors never get.
His teacher got his school counselor involved. Street Outreach Services S. There, he finished high school while sharing meals and a roof with other young men facing homelessness. Harmony House, which launched in to give housing and hope to youth, opened its first group home inoffering Akron a shared-living solution to homelessness among to year-olds. The extra funding pays for nine one-bedroom apartments at Alphada Place Apartments in Chapel Hill, bringing the total of young adults Harmony House can shelter to And at an open house Thursday, Harmony House is cutting the ribbon on its first group home for women at E.
Exchange St. So far, 44 young men, including Gavierre, have lived in a Harmony House. They come from the streets or fresh out of jail. Some age out of foster care. Others flee abuse.
All have no place to go, no family to shelter them. Plus, they get a mailing address, which is needed to get public assistance, Social Security cards and birth certificates. They stay six months on average then move on. But nearly four in five find permanent housing in the end.
The shared-living concept is about cooperation and mutual respect, explained McDay. Other than age and risk of homelessness, eligible Harmony House residents must be working, seeking employment or in school.
A residential adviser lives with them, reporting any issues to McDay. No alcohol.
No pets. And no guests.
At a discount, Hernandez installed new plumbing, electrical wiring, flooring, kitchen cabinets and appliances, bathrooms, doors and windows. It was the mission of Dave Hernandez, who grew up in Goodyear Heights, to see the vacant house give hope to the homeless.
He and his brother Scott ran Hernandez Construction together. But Dave died during surgery in December.
So his brother finished the job. And a framed photo of Dave greets visitors inside the front door. The property is owned by Oasis Opportunity Outreach, a faith-based clearinghouse for youth programming and services that operates out of a year-old church next door.
For years, Arledge tried to help squatters in the vacant house on the edge of her parking lot. Trash piled up chest high out back. Weeds grew higher than windows.
On a recent tour of the renovated home, Arledge pointed to the original woodwork and heavy, metal floor vents. Just about everything else — the furnace, the air conditioner, all the copper — was stolen and scrapped. It was really, really bad. Arledge bought the foreclosed home in November McDay expects more youth to experience homelessness in Akron as pandemic-created laws restricting evictions and foreclosures are lifted for many Americans and public assistance runs out for millions of unemployed workers.
An open house will be 4 p. Facebook Twitter. A third house for homeless young adults opens in Akron.
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