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Cleveland regional Catholic Charities emergency assistance programs.

The most vulnerable residents of Cleveland and it suburbs, including Cuyahoga County, may be able to get help from Catholic Charities. Financial aid that pays bills or rent is very limited, and priority will be given to families in the Cleveland area that have a member of the household that is a child, senior, or disabled. The charity organization will do their best to assist people regardless of their background, religion, and circumstances.

Many of the emergency assistance programs focus on homeless prevention, food, and other critical areas. They also help immigrants and people that are discriminated against, including minorities, women, or new mothers. Whether it is a hot meal, low cost legal aid, a few dollars to pay for housing or medical, the Catholic Charity churches do their best to help.

Apply for financial help, food, and material goods from Catholic Charities

Receive assistance with basic financial needs, which includes utility, heating bills, and rent, among others. The Catholic Charity basic needs program will support Cuyahoga Ohio families with other needs as well, including prescription medication, clothing, food, and other items that are necessary to the well being of their family. Many of the recipients of this program are senior citizens on fixed incomes, working poor, the homeless, single parents, children, and people on the verge of eviction. Find other ways to get help for seniors from federal government and Ohio programs.

Emergency Assistance Services are offered directly by Catholic Charities, or in partnership with other Cuyahoga County and Cleveland Ohio organizations and government agencies. The resource is formally known as Hunger and Shelter Network, and it can provide for shelter, food, and more. Evictions and homelessness is another focus here too, and in an effort to prevent evictions and the resulting homelessness, Catholic Charities provides basic financial assistance for paying rent, utilities, and other housing needs.

Rent and utility assistance is limited and not always available. Other services provide hot meals, a daytime Drop-in Center, hygiene products, and a free food pantry program. The location can also service as a mail distribution/recipient site for those with no permanent address.




As part of the rent and utility bill help from the regional Cleveland Ohio Catholic Charity churches, they also offer information on (and applications too) state of Ohio government resources such as Jobs and Family Services grants. These too can be used to pay for critical bills such as water; rent; mortgages; deposits; or medications. This is a form of public assistance, and Catholic Charity caseworkers can assist. Find out about government assistance programs by state, including in Ohio.

The Catholic Charity Cleveland Hunger and Shelter Network is a partnership formed with other agencies across Cuyahoga County. They work closely with religious institutions, churches, public and private agencies and others to help the most vulnerable in any way they can.

Catholic Charities Community Services is operated from three centers in the county. They are located and known as St. Philip Neri, Fatima, and St. Martin de Porres. Another location is the Hispanic Senior Center, which is located on west side of Cleveland. This location offers culturally-specific programs, information on financial assistance and other services to Hispanic older adults and their families. In addition, eleven Head Start programs and three early learning centers are part of Catholic Charities Community Services in Cleveland.

Catholic Charities also helps other homeless shelters as well as short term transitional housing programs in Cuyahoga County operate. They coordinate resources, or the Catholic Charity churches give the shelters clothing, blankets, meals, and more. Find a list of homeless shelters in Cleveland Ohio.





Programs that help with education or employment needs

The charities family centers focus on meeting and addressing the strength of each family and individual, and they offer programs to further inform, educate, and provide services for residents in their neighborhoods. The Head Start programs as well as the early learning centers provide stimulating activities in a child-centered environment.

The locations can prepare children for kindergarten and other school programs. Services provided in outlying counties of the greater Ohio area include, but are not limited to homeless prevention programs, mental health counseling, services for older adults and senior citizens, emergency services, employment opportunities for teens, hot meals, and a food pantry. Learn about free Head Start early childhood education.

The Catholic Charity Employment and Training office helps people prepare for job searches that focus on Cuyahoga County. Work with a social worker to identify potential employers and get assistance in placing into a job.

Catholic Charities Services Corporation addresses medical issues. Specifically, the program is a comprehensive system of behavioral health services for mental health issues and also chemical dependency. Many of the medical services and care is by bicultural and bilingual staff to specifically serve the low income and/or Hispanic community.

Some examples of the medical services offered in Cleveland include Foster Care, Birth Parent and Adoption Services. This can help with licensing and placement, training, consultation, as well as case management for families. Outpatient Mental Health Services can offer mental health assessment, advice and counseling for children, adults and families. The Chemical Dependency Services is offered by Catholic Charities of Cleveland, and includes intensive outpatient, assessments, and also non-intensive outpatient.

Locations of Catholic Charities in Cleveland area

There are several churches in the city and surrounding region that are part of Catholic Charities. They may give out free food or help shelter the homeless in Cuyahoga County. Or there may be a few dollars to pay for utility bills to keep the lights or heat on or pay a landlord back rent. A wide range of resources are offered.





  • 1736 Superior Avenue, Cleveland OH 44114, phone 216.781.8262
  • Bishop William M. Cosgrove Center, 1736 Superior Avenue Suite Number: #209, Cleveland, Ohio 44114, dial 216-781-8262
  • Catholic Charities Disability Services, 7911 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44102, 216.334.2962
  • Broadway Golden Hours Nutrition Site, 7345 Broadway Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44102-2020, dial 216.441.0111
  • Special Ministry to the Aged, 6804 Lansing Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44105, main number 216.441.5402
  • 6753 State Road, Parma, Ohio 44134, main number 440.845.7700

By Jon McNamara


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