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Cleveland Ohio assistance programs.

Get help with medical bills, electric bills, and more

There are many local agencies. One is the Salvation Army, which offers provides Cleveland Ohio families with a variety of assistance. Find other assistance programs for Cleveland and Cuyahoga County residents.

The Salvation Army Jefferson Service Unit is on E. Satin St. in Jefferson. This particular organization is an independent unit within that is indirectly part of the Cleveland Salvation Army district. Dial (216) 631-1515.

However, one concern with them disbursing aid is that due to the demand of so many, the emergency funds they have are running low. Because of the weak economy, the Jefferson Unit and other branches of the Salvation Army have had an unprecedented number of families seeking emergency funds to help pay various medical bills, utility bills, for clothing, prescription costs, and also even an used appliance replacement program. Find additional ways to get medical bill help. More.

In particular, the greatest need may be to help pay for a families heating bills and to also keep a family’s electricity on. Many are struggling with energy bills.

There are some criteria. Families who are receiving assistance from the the Salvation Army are screened for household income and residency to ensure they live in the Cleveland area, and they must also meet criteria based on federal income guidelines.

The Cleveland Housing Network, located on 1325 Ansel Rd. (phone (216) 912-2211), provides payments on electric and cooling bills during the summer months, and can also offer payments on winter heating bills. The agency runs the LIHEAP program.

The Salvation Army of Cleveland provides grants and help to customers of First Energy/Illuminating Company to help them make it through a difficult period. Receive up to $175 in money to pay your energy bills. Call (216) 692-1388




Cleveland Ohio lenders - Low income families, those with bad credit, and others facing a crisis may explore a loan program. Applicants should be sure they can repay the funds in short order. Many types of bills can be paid, and find Cleveland Ohio emergency loans.

Summer assistance - From time to time the Cleveland area can be hit by intense heat and humidity. When this occurs local charities and non-profits like the Salvation Army and Catholic Charities will distribute supplies and/or financial assistance. This can include items like free fans or air conditioners, or money to pay for utility and electric bills.

In addition to provide supplies and financial assistance, shelters are also open around the city. The centers allow people of all income levels to get out of the heat, even if for a short period of time. The city of Cleveland may also have some programs targeted at the elderly and low income. Find how to receive free fans in Cleveland Ohio.

If you are looking into rent assistance and eviction prevention programs, click here to get information.

Food and non-financial aid in Cleveland

These organizations can offer families free food, clothing, or other forms of non-financial aid and support. The Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland provides the low income with a 3-5 day supply of free food and/or groceries (canned and dry foods to make up 3 meals a day). Call (216) 619-8155





South Hills Lend a Hand ((440) 526-0514)- Is a charity that provides emergency supplies of groceries including meat and vegetables to the needy and low income.

Cuyahoga assistance programs

These are only a few of the financial assistance programs offered for Cleveland Ohio residents. Read more on additional program that are available to both Cleveland as well as all of Cuyahoga County.


By Jon McNamara

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