THE EXCHANGE HOUSE

What Is The Exchange House?

A place based on an identity

A vibrant refugee community exists in the North Hill neighborhood, which presents an opportunity to build and ascend through the culture that is unique to the neighborhood.

A housing solution

The City of Akron, Ohio is faced with population declines, excessive housing stock, and a lowered tax base to maintain existing infrastructure. The Exchange House project combats this trend by converting a vacant house in the North Hill neighborhood into a cultural hostel and gathering space. It works to exemplify the benefits of shared housing while reducing the negative side effects experienced in rapidly transforming areas.

A cultural hub

The Exchange House would be programmed according to the refugee population’s traditions, and allow existing immigrants to invite community members to stay in Akron, providing a place for the non-immigrant community to stay and engage with its new population.

A Bridge

The Exchange House works to engage the diverse international community that exists in Akron, and to provide a space that creates invitations for additional immigrants to temporarily reside in the North Hill neighborhood, transfer skills, and bridge barriers between communities.

Exchange House Events

July 2018

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  • Kung Fu Class
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  • Baha'i Junior Y…
  • North Akron Market
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  • Baby Naming Ceremony
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  • ExH Staff Meeting
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  • Kung Fu Class
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  • Baha'i Junior Y…
  • North Akron Market
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  • Tamang Buddhist Spir…
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  • Kung Fu Class
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  • ASIA Teen Visit
  • Sewing Class with Wo…
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  • North Akron Market
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  • Kung Fu Class
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  • Sewing Class with Wo…
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