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Akron rent assistance and Summit County.

Rent assistance programs operate in Akron and Summit County Ohio. A number of services and non-profits can help people meet their housing needs and pay their rent.

If you are low income, or experiencing a temporary financial hardship or emergency, find information on the programs and agencies that operate in the region and that may be able to provide help. Some of the rental assistance programs are run by the government and others are run by private non-profit organizations across Akron.

Various guidelines and criteria are in place that individuals or families need to meet. However it is always recommend that someone facing eviction or homelessness call a Summit County organization for information and assistance.

Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority (AMHA) – This State of Ohio, public government agency can provide low income and subsidized housing to qualified low income individuals and families. They can also refer individuals to such programs as section 8 housing in Ohio and the federal government stimulus created Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehouisng.

Summit County Department of Jobs and Family Services runs the Ohio Prevention, Retention, and Contingency (PRC) – For people who have experienced a temporary crisis or financial hardship, this non-profit may be able to help. They provide resources and support services for the low income and people struggling in emergency situations. Some of the assistance programs offered include help with paying rent, eviction prevention services and assistance, legal aid, counseling, and help for other bills and debts. Address is 37 N. High Street, Akron, Ohio 44308, telephone 330-643-8200.

Copley Outreach Center – A very limited amount of cash may be offered to qualified low income or people in a crisis. Funding is limited, but there may be some financial assistance for paying rent. 1502 South Cleveland-Massillon Road, Copley, Ohio 44321, (330) 665-3335




Akron Ohio Salvation Army – This charity organization will provide emergency assistance for certain expenses, including rent and some other bills.  Anyone who is interested in learning more or applying for help, please phone ahead for guidelines and criteria that need to be met in order to get emergency assistance. Individuals should call (330) 762-8481. Location is 1104 Johnston Street, Akron, Ohio 44305, Call (330) 376-5169.

Family Services of Akron area can provide information and referrals to local, state of Ohio, and federal government programs, all of which are created to help families and individuals meet their financial needs. Including housing, rent, and other living expenses. Stop by the center at 37 N. High Street, Akron, OH 44308, or dial 330-643-8200.

The Family Services organization also has locations in other nearby towns and cities in Summit County Ohio. They include the Macedonia Outreach Office, 9699 Valley View Road, Macedonia, Ohio 44056 (phone 330-650-2523)). Resources vary by location, but can include referrals to security deposit programs, eviction prevention, and place to contact for rent help.

Akron Department of Planning and Urban Development allocates grants to InfoLine supported agencies for paying rent. The phone number is 330-376-6660. They also administer a resource known as the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program. This is a federal government grant program intended to help people avoid homelessness (so it can assist with rent payments) or it can help the current homeless find a new home or apartment to live in.





Jewish Family Services of Arkon (phone (330) 867-3388) or Hebrew Free Loan association (call (216) 378-9042) may both offer referrals and counseling. In some cases, limited financial aid, or no interest loans, may be issued in Summit County for paying rent costs.

Community Legal Aid Services may offer support to those facing eviction. Free legal aid, advice, and assistance is for very low income families. Get questions on security deposits answered as well as landlord/tenant rights. (800) 998-9454

Summit County Home Again coordinates a number of emergency eviction prevent services and coordinates rehousing. They partner with social service agencies to provide grants for rent, moving costs, and other housing costs. A priority is keeping families and children out of shelters, but assistance for rental needs or even motel vouchers may be issued when available. More on Summit County homeless and eviction assistance.

Fair Housing Advocates Association is located at 520 South Main Street. Call (330) 253-2450. Outreach can include information on grants for paying rent, utilities, or security deposits. Other support is available, such as details on low income apartments.

AIDS Resource Center Ohio - For Summit County families and patients impacted by HIV or AIDs, they offer referrals to rental assistance, medical care and other available resources. in some cases a local non-profit may offer a loan for rent and housing needs. Call (330) 794-5289.

Info Line, Inc. – A program of last resort, known as Rapid Re-Housing, may be offered to current homeless people. They can also provide information and guidance to people who are on the verge of losing their home or being evicted. The goal is to ensure housing is permanent. 703 South Main Street, Suite 211, Akron, Ohio 44311-1157, dial (330) 615-0566

Canapi – Residents with HIV or AIDs can get housing or rent help from this organization. The main office is at 895 North Main Street in Akron, OH 44310. Telephone (330) 252-1559. Limited financial assistance for rent, mortgage and housing costs, electric bills, and other expenses may be offered.





Veterans Service Commission – Military personnel, the widows or spouses of an honorably discharged or separated veterans, and other immediate family members may qualify for emergency rental assistance. Address is 1060 E. Waterloo Road, Akron, Ohio 44306, telephone (330) 643-2830.

By Jon McNamara

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