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Stark County assistance programs.

Get details on some of the leading financial aid programs in Stark County. Apply for grants to pay for an energy bill or rent payments. There is also legal aid to stop an eviction or foreclosure, free food and hot meals from pantries, credit counseling, as well as job placement services. Clients of the church, charitable, and government assistance programs (including Department of Job Services) range from those in an financial emergency to the low income, working poor or elderly.

A number of charities also give out free stuff to the needy, with a focus on children, the elderly, and disabled. Whether it is free school supplies for students from K-12 or winter clothes, help is offered. There is also free Christmas toys, gift cards, and holiday help.

Non-profit community action programs

  • Individuals and families in need of emergency housing or rental assistance can apply for financial aid at the the Stark County Community Action Agency. The organization is accepting applications from people in need of help. The program is focusing on those people who are in need of help due to a job loss or a reduction of household income because they are working fewer hours at their employer. The assistance provided from the program is a one-time cash grant payment only.
    There are some program requirements. Individuals from Canton or Stark County Ohio who are facing an eviction, who may be losing their housing, or who are being evicted from an apartment as a result of a reduction in work hours worked by 20 percent or more or as the result of a job loss are eligible for assistance if they meet the household income guidelines.
    If you are a resident of the county and have received an eviction notice and if you fall within the guidelines of the program you can contact the homeless hotline at (330) 452-4363. Funds from the program are limited and applications will be taken by appointment only, so apply early.
    The emergency rent/mortgage assistance program offered by the Stark County Community Action Agency is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the stimulus plan), and is administered by the Stark County Community Action Agency.




  • Government grants from Stark County Community Action Agency help with paying electric and heating bills. It is a federal resource. There is another program that provides grants to pay energy bills. It is a special component of HEAP, which is the Ohio Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program, E-HEAP. Another option is the Winter Crisis Program, which is administered locally by Stark County Community Action Agency.
    The E-HEAP program will provide up to $175 in assistance, however people can apply only once per heating season. Aid is offered to qualified households whose primary heating source and or their necessary secondary energy source, electricity, has been disconnected or threatened with disconnection. In addition, additional assistance of up to $600, is provided to households who have less than a 10-day supply of heating fuel, such as propane, kerosene or fuel oil.
    Last, but not least, additional assistance of up to $350 is provided to those households who have less than a 10-day supply of coal, wood, or pellets. Bulk-fuel homeowners must certify in writing that they have less than a 10-day supply of bulk heating fuel in order to be eligible for aid.
    After you apply, and once customers have scheduled an appointment with the agency and after they have received a confirmation number, the appointment time and date will be sent to the utility or gas company and a five-day extension of service (which is five days after the appointment date) will be placed on the customer's account so there is no interruption of service and so their service is not disconnected. Utility companies will only permit at maximum a one- to five-day hold to be placed on a customer's account, so it is important that customers arrive for their appointment on the scheduled date and time in order to being the process as soon as possible.
  • Stark County Community Action Agency also offer numerous financial assistance and counseling programs. They offer the Emergency Housing Assistance Program, which provides mortgage and rent help for people who have been laid off or had a reduction in income. Receive help with heating and utility bills from the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). Also, get free energy conserving updates from weatherization or the Home Weatherization Assistance Program.
  • Other services that may be available in the federal government education program for children, which is known as Head Start. The community action agency offers a number of other poverty fighting programs, as noted below.





The organization is also called SCCAA of Stark County Ohio. In addition to all of the services listed above, if someone doesn’t qualify, then explore any loan programs that may be available for rent or the homeless can look into security deposit assistance. Self-sufficiency includes GED Testing and on site computer labs. For referrals to these or other services, dial 330-491-9997 or (330) 454-1676 or stop by the office at in Canton Ohio. More on Stark County Community Action.

Emergency financial assistance in Stark County

Catholic Charities of Stark County, Canton Ohio. (330) 491-0896. Appointments for Emergency Assistance and cash grants are made every other Friday starting at 8:30am. Call to learn more. Services offered include Electric Bill, Water and Gas Service Payment Assistance, Rental and Security Deposit Assistance. There may also be free Debt Reduction Help, Foreclosure Counseling, and other financial aid. Believe it or not, but counselors from this agency can help people deal with numerous debt issues, including offering settlements. Find out whether you should use debt settlement.

The churches and Catholic Charity organization in Stark County is one of the regions leading non-profits to call for help. While the demand for their resources, in particular housing and food, is very high, if they can’t meet your needs they may have referrals available. Some of the other services available include free winter clothing, Christmas assistance, and information on employment programs. Find an extensive list of their available programs. Or find more help from Youngstown and Stark County Catholic Charities.

Lake Township - Fish. The agency, which is a Christian Services Organization, provides emergency needs of the people of Lake Township. Receive help for utility, water, gas bills, and rent. 934 W. Maple St., Hartville, Ohio 44632, Phone 330-877-1845.

Community Services Of Stark County - If you are faced with a crisis, call or apply for emergency financial assistance and grants in crisis situations. Grants can pay utility or heating bills, rent or mortgage payments. There are also vision and eyeglass programs for the low income, food assistance, and more. Main office address - 1207 West State Street Suite M, Alliance, Ohio 44601, telephone: (330) 445-2687, or find more Community Services Stark County.

Salvation Army of Stark County Ohio has many social services and programs  for the needy. The faith based charity can distribute up to $200 to pay for electric bills. Other resources include clothing closet, thrift store, and possible rent or low income housing assistance. Free Christmas assistance, transitional housing, and self-sufficiency resources are available as well as back to school supplies. There are three main centers in the county. Each only supports residents of the immediate region.

  • 57 West Main Street, Alliance, OH 44601, phone (330) 823-5188,
  • A center is in Canton Ohio. Call 330-453-0158.
  • The last location is at Massillon. Phone - 330-833-6473
  • For more details on the resources available, click here for details on Stark County Salvation army financial and social services.





Asset Building & Life-Skills Environment Inc. - The Community Campus At Goodwill. If your heat or electricity has been turned off, or you have a disconnection notice, some crisis funds may be available. 408 Ninth Street NW, Canton, OH 44703, call (330) 454-4650

Non-profit rental assistance - Agencies across the region offer referrals or limited amounts of funding for housing costs. There may be grants for expenses such as back rent or overdue energy bills if it could lead to homelessness. Other resources in the Canton Ohio region may be transitional housing or money for security deposits. Or find more Stark County Ohio rent assistance programs.

Goodwill Industries Of Greater Cleveland And East Central Ohio - AEP customers may be able to get help for paying utility bills. Also deposits and emergency disconnection prevention. 408 Ninth Street SW, Canton, Ohio 44707-4799, (330) 445-1039.

ICAN is a non-profit that can arrange short and medium term rent subsidies to the homeless, with a focus on veterans as well as the disabled. Applicants need to live in Stark County and be in job skills training and/or seeking employment. Participants will need to pay a portion of their housing costs.

The offer housing to the disabled as part of HUD 811. Financial aid may be offered from ICAN as part of Housing Crisis Response or Westpark, among other resources. The address is 1214 Market Avenue North, Canton, Ohio 44714-2604, dial (330) 455-9100, or click details on ICAN.

Domestic Violence Project, Inc. is a shelter and transitional housing program that can offer other financial aid too. Receive short-term housing assistance, rent, funds for paying gas and electric utility payments. This program will end in the future and is a short term resource. Address is 720 19th Street NE, Canton, OH 44714. Or dial (330) 445-2000

Stark County Veterans Service Commission - The agency only helps veterans who have served and been honorably discharged form the United States Military. These eligible veterans need to have demonstrated a need for help may qualify for short-term financial assistance, including food, assistance with rent and/or mortgage payments, personal hygiene and clothing orders, and emergency medical expenses. Government office location - 301 Valley Street, Minerva, Ohio 44657, phone (330) 868-5808.

Faith based groups, including churches, help the vulnerable in Stark County. Many of them offer food, hot meals, or shelter. They can house the homeless, or a church can let low income families as well as immigrants know who to contact for financial aid. Whether the applicant is a single mom in need of formula, someone seeking advice, or more, help is offered. Find details on churches that help with housing and other basic needs.

The Stark County Department of Job and Family Services offers a number of financial assistance programs for the working poor, less fortunate and low income. Housing resources act as a form of Safety Net. They can include assistance in paying for rent or security deposits. Also grants to pay for energy bills are offered from LIHEAP - Home Heating Credit. Other programs include food stamps, low Medicaid applications, Car Repairs and Medical Coverage. 300 Market Ave N, Canton, Ohio 44702. Call (330) 451-8789 for intake.







Stark County Employment and Training Connection may help the unemployed with Job Matching/Applicant Screening, Work Clothing, or Transportation. Specialists offer the use of computers to Stark County families too. Or get referrals from the Ohio Benefit Bank.

Transitional housing programs - Households that are facing eviction or the homeless in Stark County Ohio can receive shelter, short term housing, case management, and other support. Non-profits and other organizations offer a number of solutions to a housing crisis. More on transitional housing Stark County.

Financial and legal aid for housing issues is available county-wide. Non-profits use federal government grants to provide support to low income tenants. Some of the non-profits in Stark County focus on providing rental as well as other assistance to the vulnerable, including victims of domestic violence or people that live on disability payments. Learn more about homeless prevention, and click more Stark County eviction and rehousing assistance programs.

Stark County holiday programs (including at Christmas and Thanksgiving) are available for low income families as well as children. They can receive clothing, toys, games, and winter attire too. A number of resources are provided, and find free Christmas gifts and toys for kids.

There are also more regional services that focus just on the Canton Ohio region as well as county. Programs run by non-profits including the Salvation Army as well as public assistance/social service offices give out free Christmas toys, food boxes, presents and much more. More on Stark County holiday assistance programs.

Foreclosure assistance and prevention services

Association for Better Community Development. Phone (330) 455-6385. Counselors will provide information on federal government and Ohio foreclosure and mortgage assistance programs, guidance, and access to free resources for homeowners in Erie County Ohio and Canton who are finding it difficult to make the mortgage payments on their homes and are at risk of foreclosure. Get foreclosure prevent and counseling. Learn more on Ohio foreclosure programs.

Free legal aid, including legal assistance for foreclosures

Call Community Legal Aid Services. They run a free foreclosure clinic, offer legal assistance for civil legal issues such as predatory lending, landlord and tenant evictions, debt management, and unemployment compensation among other programs. (800) 998-9454

Community health care clinics that are free or low cost

Canton Health and Wellness Free Clinic, provides for free to qualified individuals, general medical services and health care is provided, including medical exams. Also get free or discounted medications. (330) 430-9770.

Richard D Watkins Canton Community Clinic ((330) 454-2000) is a facility that provides low cost or free medical and dental care to uninsured and underinsured residents of Canton City and Stark County Ohio.

Total Living Center offers low income patients and those with no or limited health insurance a free medical clinic and assistance with paying for and receiving prescription medications. Phone (330) 455-3663.

While the three locations above offer a number of services for the low income, the county is supported by several other free and low cost medical and dental clinics. Find more Stark County free clinics that offer prescription drugs, dental check ups and cleanings, and other health care.





Emergency free food and groceries

New Hope Church, which is based in Alliance Ohio and can be reached at (330) 823-2151, runs a food pantry for people in need. Learn more on church assistance programs.

Canton Calvary Mission ((330) 454-8610), provides food to low income and people in need of help.

Other churches, non-profits, and organizations to turn to for free food, groceries, and/or household supplies include City of Hope ((330) 492-2489), Grace Fellowship ((330) 833-5500), St. Joan of Arc Parish ((330) 477-6796), Total Living Center ((330) 455-3663).

For a listing of other food distribution centers as well as soup kitchens to call for help, please find free food banks in Stark County Ohio. Low income and anyone who needs help have a large number of pantries available to them.


By Jon McNamara

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