Residents of Carrollton Ohio and the county of Carroll can receive rent help from a program known as Housing, Opportunities, Partnerships and Empowerment (HOPE). Call 330-343-8171. The fairly new program is being funded with a $500,000 federal government allotment for the three counties in the area, including Carroll, Harrison, and Tuscarawas County. The money is being divided among the counties. Carroll County’s portion of the federal grant is being provided under authority of the Carroll County Department of Job and Family Services (phone 330-627-257). The funds are being provided through the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Rehousing portion of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, better known as the stimulus plan.
The rent and housing assistance program will function by helping families and individuals make rent and housing payments to apartment dwellers, primarily to those who are facing an eviction. Funds also can be used to help people pay their utility and heating bills. The HOPE case manager that will be overseeing Carroll County is Lisa Smiley.
Unfortunately Carroll County’s funding is limited. Their portion of the $500,000 will be spent on employing a case manager half-time, and the vast majority will be spent on rental and utility bill assistance according to the executive director of Carroll County Job and Family Services. The payment from the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Rehousing program will go directly to either the utility company or landlord. They do not make payments to individuals.”
There are some conditions to be eligible for rent assistance, including an individual must be at least 21. However the minimum age is dropped to 18 for anyone who is leaving foster care. Also keep in mind the limited funds, and that the $500,000 is serving all three counties on a first-come basis, so the funds will eventually run out.
Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry is a non-profit that can supply emergency food and support to the low income. In order to qualify, Current Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Service income guide lines are used. Stop by 334 Park Avenue NE, Carrollton, Ohio 44615, or dial (330) 627-3424
HARCATUS Tri-County C.A.O. (dial (800) 299-0933) offers a number of social services and government programs. Among them include energy assistance from LIHEAP, weatherization, Emergency Food and Shelter, Head Start, and Weatherization. They are also a great place for referrals to government and other public aid. The location is the regional non-profit community action agency. To provide additional details on their services, CAO offers the following.
Case managers can also provide information on government services, including those in Ohio. For example, many low income or unemployed people may benefit from SNAP food stamps or similar resources. Click here for more on state of Ohio social services.
Minerva Area Salvation Army helps the working poor, job less, and people in need. Some of the resources offered include clothing, heating and electric bill help, and rental assistance. Address is 620 Line Street, Minerva, OH 44657, call (330) 868-5808.
Short term housing in Carroll County Ohio includes shelter and transitional units. Assistance is offered for those that were evicted. Families can also work with a case manager and get help with locating and paying the rent on long term, permanent housing. Click here.
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