Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority (LMHA) Receives Two
Awards of Merit from NAHRO (National Association of Housing
The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment (NAHRO)
Metropolitan Housing Authority
(LMHA) with two 2018 Awards of Merit. The winning projects
were: Coffee Cafes “Coffee and Conversation” in the Resident
and Client Services category and Well2Unity Bootcamp also in
Resident and Client Services.
Left to right: NAHRO Senior Vice President Sunny Shaw
(Executive Director, Housing Alliance and Community
Partnerships, Pocatello, ID), LMHA Vice President of
Resident Services Coleena Ali, LMHA Board Vice Chair Alisha
Gant, LMHA President and CEO Demetria Simpson, and NAHRO
President Carl S. Richie, Jr. (NAHRO Fellow, Commissioner,
Housing Authority of the City of Austin, TX).
located at the senior/disabled developments (Robert Dorrell
Manor, Glendale Gardens, Vistula Manor, TenEyck Towers,
Ashley Arms and Parqwood) allow residents to enjoy a cup of
coffee and conversation. Topics including health and
wellness, current events and resident concerns are
discussed. Starbucks® provides a monthly donation of various
coffees to the cafes.
Bootcamp was sponsored by a grant from the Toledo Walleye
Foundation. The Bootcamp was an 8-week fitness program
focused on physcial fitness and nutrition. Fabulously Fit
conducted fitness instruction, while nutrition classes were
conducted by Ohio State University Extension Program.
referencing the award winners, NAHRO President Carl S.
Richie, Jr. stated “These agencies have put a lot of
thought, creativity and hard work into helping residents
improve their lives and into revitalizing their local
communities. I am proud to celebrate their achievements.”
Awards of Merit program was created 19 years ago to
recognize agencies who found innovative ways of making a
difference in their communities and in the lives of the
people they serve by creating affordable housing,
revitalizing their neighborhoods and developing initiatives
such as job readiness programs, public-private partnerships,
disaster prevention projects and more.
is continuously innovating to address changing local needs
and to create new opportunities in their communities,” said
NAHRO CEO Adrianne Todman. “Congratulations to this year’s
established in 1933, is a membership organization of nearly
20,000 housing and community development agencies and
professionals throughout the United States whose mission is
to create affordable housing and safe, viable communities
that enhance the quality of life for all Americans,
especially those of low and moderate income. NAHRO's
membership administers more than 3 million housing units for
7.6 million people.
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 myriad 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.