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Rental assistance in Cleveland Ohio region.

Below you will find a listing of rent assistance programs for income qualified Cleveland Ohio residents and others in the county. Some are government run, and others are administered by non-profit organizations or charities in Cuyahoga County. All of the agencies may offer emergency rental assistance, free legal aid to tenants, grants for housing, or help paying security deposits.

Get help paying rent from resources including Housing Services in Cleveland up through and including the Cuyahoga County Salvation Army. There are also section 8 housing vouchers and loans for housing expenses. Be sure to call or apply for rental assistance before you receive an eviction notice, as usually by that point it is too late. Details and phone numbers of the places to call in the region are listed below.

Cleveland rent or housing assistance

If you are a Cleveland or Cuyahoga County resident and are facing eviction or homelessness, then you can apply for and may be qualified for cash grants and/or financial assistance. Funds are available and can be used for paying security deposits, rent or home payments, or even heating or utility bill payments.

The government as well as Ohio Department of Development's Office of Community Service and Office of Housing funded Housing Services offers renters and other needy individuals with counseling. In addition, the agency can provide financial or rent assistance, and you can even work with a counselor to help identify safe, affordable apartments or housing to move into. Funding is limited, and note that the applications for these government benefits are only taken when funds are available for paying rent or financial assistance.

Any payments made from Cleveland Housing Services will be made directly to landlords or housing managers on behalf of the eligible tenants and renters. To learn more or apply for housing or rental assistance, or to get information, call the office. For details and appointments, call (216) 518-4013.

Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland runs the Workforce Development Program. The agency is located at 1849 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland Ohio 44115. Call them at 216-651-5188 for information on emergency financial aid, loans, rent help and more. The location is a not for profit community action agency which assists low-income Cleveland Ohio as well as Cuyahoga County residents at three different sites across the region.




Some of the programs administered include rent and utility assistance, job training and placement, adult basic education and GED training, introductory computer skills training, social services, and federal government programs. More on Council for Economic Opportunities.

AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland - This charity offers HIV patients a directory of available low income and/short term housing  facilities, whether private or public. The agency also provides emergency financial assistance for paying rent and bills. As resources allow, funds and help may be available to assist the low income in the community with meeting rental and utility payments. Call (216) 621-0766, or the office is at 2829 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115.

Salvation Army of Cuyahoga County and Cleveland Ohio has multiple locations around the community. The addresses are below. Call them for information on programs and possibly limited amounts of rental assistance. In some cases, the charitable non-profit organization may have rent payment assistance. This is usually offered as a loan. Phone (216.588.9376)

  • Address is 6000 Hough Avenue,
  • Center is at 4139 East 93rd Street, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Office location is 4402 Clark Avenue,
  • Address - 9000 Superior Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio, 44106
  • 17625 Grovewood Avenue, Cleveland 44119
  • Mailing address is 12645 Lorain Avenue, Cleveland, OH 4411
  • There are other shelter, housing, case management, and rent/homeless prevention programs as well. More on the Salvation Army in Cuyahoga County.

United Way of Greater Cleveland can refer people to various housing programs. They do not provide cash themselves. Call (216) 436-2100 for Northeastern Ohio as well as Cuyahoga County rental programs. The main office of the non-profit is 1331 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115.

Lakewood Community Services Center runs Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Programs. Usually an applicant will receive rent assistance for no longer than three months, and funds are intended to stop an eviction. Amounts provided will vary widely based on each case. Stop by 14230 Madison Ave., Lakewood, Ohio 44107, or call (216) 226-6466





Cleveland Tenants Organization - They do not offer funds, but more education type services may be provided instead. Assists tenants as well as landlords. They offer information on rights, laws, and regulations on renting a home or a low income apartment. Mediation is also offered. The center is at 3631 Perkins Ave. Ste. 3A-4, call (216) 432-0617

Cleveland Mediation Center - Provides tenants and landlords access to mediation services that can be helpful in addressing concerns with housing issues or rent payments. Phone number is 216-621-1919 .

Maximum Accessible Housing of Ohio can provide housing for disabled. It is income based housing for the mentally and/or physically disabled, but they also need to contribute some towards rent, cleaning, and running the apartments.

Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation. Offers rent help for a very focused group of people. The non-profit can offer one month's rental payment for newly hired employees of Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, Cleveland Museum of Art, and Judson at University Circle. Various other conditions apply too. Call (216) 361-8400

Cuyahoga County Job And Family Services - They have several centers in the county and nearby towns. The government agency has either loans, grants or a voucher for paying rent. Other aid is for security deposits or relocation expenses. Funds are part of PRC program.

  • Fairfax Neighborhood Family Service Center, call (216) 391-5027. Address is 8111 Quincy Place, Cleveland, Ohio 44104.
  • Old Brooklyn Neighborhood Family Service Center, telephone (216) 635-2918. The location of this Job and Family Office is 4261 Fulton Parkway, Cleveland, Ohio 44144.
  • Westshore Neighborhood Family Service Center, dial (216) 939-2523. The mailing address is 9830 Lorain Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44102.

Harry Ratner/Samuel D. and May Wise Human Service Funds of Cleveland, Ohio (phone (216) 566-1262) has a program that can provide a one-time cash grant for families and/or individuals with critical housing or low income needs. The funds provided may only cover a portion of the cost of the item or bill. Assistance will also pay for a wide variety of needs including, but not limited to, furniture, baby clothing, cribs, dental bills, school uniforms, wor k clothing, linens, utility bills, medical bills, housing expenses, deposits, and much more.

Frontline Services has rental assistance for veterans and their families only. SSVF is a housing program that can both prevent evictions and rehouse homeless veterans. Everything from motel vouchers to one time grants for mortgages, paying rental arrears, furniture, and deposits are offered. Address is 1701 Payne Ave., Cleveland, Ohio 44114, or dial (216) 583-0615.

Christians In Action which is part of Olmsted Community Church, may offer financial aid. Most of it is for utility bills, but other emergency funds may help with rent or rent costs for people in the town. The church is in Olmsted Falls, OH 44138, or dial (440) 954-4140. There may also be money for helping to pay security or utility deposits, and even mobile home or lot expenses. In some cases the non-profit can offer deferred loans to pay back rent or address other bills for families in the township.







Veterans Service Commission of Cuyahoga County may be able to help families of active military personnel or veterans as well. The government funded agency or non-profit organization provides grants and financial assistance with rent, free food, shelter (rent arrears or mortgage payments), and utility bills. Vouchers for paying these expenses are offered to qualified individuals. The amount of assistance depends on the number of dependents. The office is at 1849 Prospect Ave E #150, Cleveland, Ohio 44115, and phone number is (216) 698-2652.

Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority operates section 8 housing choice vouchers as well as low cost public housing units. Both of these will be for low income families or individuals. They are income based rent assistance programs. They also have information on low cost apartments, homes, and landlord programs. The main office is at 8120 Kinsman Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44104-3101. For details on their services call (216) 348-5000.

Crisis Hotline - Tenants with a pay or quit letter (or eviction notice), from their landlord can get help. Solutions include legal aid or grants for paying rental arrears. Or the agency can help place veterans, single moms, and the disabled into new apartments in Cuyahoga County, as well as assist with deposits, arrange rental subsidies, and provide motel vouchers. More on Cuyahoga County eviction help.

JD Breast Cancer Foundation of Cleveland, Ohio (dial (216) 791-9447) is a charity, non-profit type organization that provides financial assistance to breast cancer patients. The agency will provide funds or cash grants for the following. Get help with rent, low income housing, property tax payments, energy and heating bills, existing telephone service, and even gift cards. The address is 10819 Magnolia Dr, Cleveland, Ohio 44106.

Legal Aid Society Of Cleveland offers either free legal advice for those faced with an eviction, or referrals are offered. Low income families in Cuyahoga may qualify for this support from trained attorneys or paralegals. There are multiple offices, with the main center at 1223 West Sixth Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44113. Call (216) 687-1900.


By Jon McNamara

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