Financial Resources for Families in Cuyahoga County
Posted on 05/29/20 in Funding, Benefits and the Law by Milestones
U.S. jobless claims passed a staggering 40 million last week.
With 1 in 4 Americans filing for unemployment, chances are we all know someone who may be seeking financial assistance.
Milestones Autism Resources has compiled a list of a few trusted financial resources in Cuyahoga County. For more information on an organization listed or for individualized support finding resources in your area, please contact the Milestones free autism Helpdesk at 216.464.7600 ext. 200 or complete a form at milestones.org/helpdesk.
Cuyahoga County - Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland
The Basic Needs Assistance Program provides assistance to prevent homelessness by providing rent and utility assistance (on limited basis) to insure that those unable to afford basic necessities (e.g., clothing, prescription medication, and/or documents verifying personal identity) have access to those items necessary to their overall well-being. Only serves Cuyahoga County residents. This program serves men, women, and children, who are homeless, at risk for homelessness, or otherwise unable to meet basic needs (e.g. working poor, senior citizens on fixed incomes). Income guidelines: household income is within 200% of poverty guidelines, yet sufficient for ongoing sustainability. More info
Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C)
The federal government has awarded $5 million to Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) to provide direct emergency grants to students whose lives and education have been disrupted by the COVID-19 outbreak. The $5 million will help students with added expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. That includes costs for food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care. Additionally, they have increased their emergency financial resources for students. More info
Anchor of Hope Foundation
Anchor of Hope offers a grant of up to $250.00 toward therapies, equipment, and other needs that are not covered by insurance. A proof of diagnosis is required. Families may apply for one scholarships per child per calendar year. More info
Autism Family Resources Grant
One-time $500 grants are awarded to families in financial need; household income may not exceed $50,000 per year. All funds awarded are paid directly to the vendor or service provider to pay for therapy equipment, safety equipment or services. Email requests for an application along with name, address, phone number and email address to: email@example.com.
The Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland
Rent, mortgage, and foreclosure assistance, Grants for utility and heating bills from the Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program (EHEAP) and help for paying summer cooling bills
Cleveland and Cuyahoga County residents who may be facing foreclosure, eviction, or homelessness may be eligible to receive financial assistance and grants that can be used for paying rent and security deposits, mortgage payments, delinquent real estate and property taxes, or utility and heating bill payments. CEOGC operates a Housing Services office that offers applicants counseling, provides financial assistance and grants, and it can help to identify safe, affordable housing for people who need to move or find a home. More info
Lakewood Community Service Center
Lakewood Community Service Center is an organization that provides rent payment assistance, energy, gas, and or utility bill assistance to qualified families in order to help them avoid homelessness due to eviction or utility shut-off/disconnection. The amount given to each applicant will vary with each case. In most cases the financial assistance provided will be for no longer than a three month period of time. You may reach them at (216) 226-6466. More info
Children & Family Services of Cuyahoga County
This agency can assist with utility bills, ranging from water to heating and electric. The government agency can also provide other one time financial aid to qualified low income families, ranging from emergency money to pay for living costs or vouchers and applications to government benefits. More info
Check in with the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities here as well for more resources that could be beneficial for family members, direct support professionals (DSPs), and agency providers.