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Community ResourcesHelp is Available for CPS Families

Do you and your family need extra food, or help finding housing or paying electric bills? Do you have questions about what you can do if you are facing eviction from your home? 

There are community resources around Cincinnati to help with all this and more, including assistance with health care, job hunting and transportation. Cincinnati Public Schools wants to help, too, by making it easier for families to find these needed resources.

We've collected a list of local resources, which we will update as needed.

Food Resources

Housing 

Do you need help with finding housing or shelter? 

Are you at risk of being or have you been evicted? Do you want to know your legal rights when experiencing homelessness? 

Utilities

  • Greater Cincinnati Water Works Debt Forgiveness Program will help customers avoid water shutoffs at their home. Customers must demonstrate they are experiencing economic hardship due to COVID-19 or be at or below specified income levels. GCWW will forgive past-due amounts related to water and City of Cincinnati stormwater services accrued during the pandemic, from March 1, 2020, through September 30, 2020. All applications must be submitted by March 31, 2021 to qualify.
  • Duke Energy Bill Assistance — Customers can move their due dates, pay over many months, and/or qualify for assistance from various government agencies and nonprofit programs. 
    • The  Salvation Army has funding for Duke Assistance with a Heat Share Hotline for assistance, call (513) 762-5636. (Must be on disconnect or final past due.)
  •  JFS Project Lift — Project Lift Application (513) 946-1000. Can help with deposit, first month rent and the like.
  • Christ's Community in College Hill provides rent assistance once per month. Call (513) 541-0303 
  • Freestore Foodbank Rent & Utilities Assistance — (513) 241-1064; 112 E Liberty St, Cincinnati, OH 45202. 
  • The Madisonville Education and Assistance Center (MEAC) serves the following zip code areas only: 45208, 45209, 45226 and 45227. MEAC provides emergency financial assistance payments for rental/mortgage, gas and electric services, or water when funds are available. Eligibility requirements need to be met for rent and other help. MEAC also provides assistance with obtaining birth certificates and has food pick-up sites. For more information, call (513) 271-5501
  • Interparish Ministries is located at 3509 Debolt Road. There may be limited financial aid for paying rent or utility or security deposits to families facing homelessness. Other support is provided too, such as furniture or referrals. Call (513) 561-3932 
  • Guardian Angels SVDP — 6531 Beechmont Avenue— offers financial assistance for paying both rent and even utility bills. Call (513) 624-3147
  • Churches Active In Northside (CAIN) — supports the immediate region. There may be rental or energy assistance, referrals to non-profits that may have security deposit programs and help in applying for section 8 HUD rental vouchers. Call (513) 591-2246
  • Hamilton County Job and Family Services Prevention/Retention/Contingency (PRC) — PRC-Emergency assistance — (513) 946-0000 or (513) 946-7200.

Transportation

Health

Jobs, Childcare or Unemployment

COVID-19 Resources

Miscellaneous Expenses

  • United Way: Covid-19 Community Economic Relief Fund — Bills, rent and food. Call 1-866-211-9966
  • Jobs and Family Service — apply for food, medical and cash assistance. Call (513) 946-1000
  • St. Vincent de Paul — Call (513) 562-8841 (Donation centers are closed) food Pantry, medical and id/birth certificate services are open. Call (513) 421-CARE (2273). General support, furniture. 
  • Salvation Army — Covid Support Hotline: 1-844-458-HOPE (4673) If you're looking for spiritual guidance, local services or if you just need someone to talk with, Salvation Army officers who are pastors and emotional-care personnel are there to listen.

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