Summit County Ohio assistance programs.
Find help with rent, your monthly mortgage, and utility bills
The Akron Summit Community Action Inc., located at 55 E. Mill Street, Akron, Ohio (Phone: 330-376-7730) offers low to moderate income families access to various programs and resources. Some of what is available is below, as well as information on other assistance programs.
If you apply and are found to be qualified, you can receive as much as $700 for paying one month's rent or you can receive a $1,000 cash grant that is to be used for one month's mortgage payment (principal and interest only). The community action agency has provided rent/mortgage assistance since the early 1980s. The housing assistance program is funded with federal government dollars that made available through the United Way organization. Learn more on Ohio foreclosure assistance programs.
Food aid and nutrition
Receive food assistance and supplemental nutrition if your household is considered low income. Locations, pantries, and outreach sites are located in Akron, Springfield and Barberton.
Optical & dental care
If you do not have dental or vision insurance, Akron Summit Community Action Inc. provides an eye exam, dental exam, or pair of glasses as well as filling or extraction of teeth. Find additional medical and hospital bill assistance programs.
Utility and heating bill assistance
- Receive help with energy bills from the Summer Crisis Program (SCP). Assistance is provided to those households with an electric bill payment during the hot summer months. The Summer Crisis Program is available annually from June through August.
- Winter Crisis Program (WCP) will help low to moderate income families and individuals who are in danger of having their electric or gas service disconnected, that may have already had their utility service disconnected, or if someone has less than a ten day supply of bulk fuel or heating oil. This program runs annually from November to March.
- Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) is an extended payment plan that requires electric and gas companies located in Ohio to accept payments for energy bills based on a percentage of the monthly household income.
- They also work with other charities and non-profits in Summit County, such as the Salvation Army, Catholic Charities Community Service of Summit County, or Lakemore United Community Council, or Hudson Community Services.
All of the programs mentioned above are coordinated by the Akron Summit Community Action Inc. They also offer other support to income qualified families, including information on Ohio government benefits, emergency grant or loan programs for paying bills or rent, referrals, and much more. Dial 330-376-7730 for details on ASCA, or click here.
Other assistance programs in the Summit County and Akron area include:
Find housing repair assistance programs
Residents can take advantage of several resources that can help them repair, update, and modernize their homes. Some the aid is available in the form of grants and some as low interest loans. However, note that the potential for assistance does exist. (330) 643-2568.
Akron Urban League/ United Services for All - Housewarming Program
Some of the the types of repairs included in this program are the install insulation in attic and sidewalls, and also a furnace repair and hot water tank replacement. Contact the Urban League at 250 E. Market St. Akron Ohio. (330) 434-3101.
Minor home repair from the City of Akron
The general description of this repaid program is that it provides a grant of up to a maximum of $4,000 to correct safety and health items in the home. Any repairs are giving the highest priority. Contact the city of Akron.
Emergency home repair program
This is offered by the East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation (EANDC). Details of this assistance include residents can receive minor and emergency home repairs, the maximum dollar amount is $450, and emergencies are prioritized. What they will repair is quite extensive, and includes the roof, plumbing, electric service, heating, and more. More information can be had at their office at 1035 Rosemary Blvd., Suite J in Akron Ohio. (330) 724-0244.
Financial assistance for bills, rent, and other aid
Info Line Inc., which is based in Akron Ohio, runs the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing rent assistance and homeless prevention program. It provides grants to pay rent up to 18 months, funds for utility bills and security deposits, and other aid. Dial (330) 615-0566.
Copley Outreach Center ((330) 665-3335) provides very limited grants for utility bill payment assistance, rent payment assistance, housing expenses and prescription expense assistance when funds are available.
Community Services from Catholic Charity churches are centers that offer utility and heating bill payment assistance for individuals and families in need in Summit County Ohio. Funding is very limited for any type of financial support or energy bill assistance so this service may not be available at all times. Akron (330) 475-0091
Akron Department of Planning and Urban Development - They provide InfoLine funds from the federal government funded homeless prevention and rapid rehousing program. This can provide emergency rent assistance for up to 18 months, counseling, funds for paying a security deposits, and even such resources as credit counseling. Dial (330)-376-6660 for referrals.
Interest free loans may be offered by a number of organizations (both private and charities) in Northeast Ohio. They cover the entire region and can provide this for both certain families who meet criteria and there may be some help for others as well. Loans can be used for educational and employment needs. Some emergency expenses may be addressed as well in Summit County, such as rent or utility bills. More no interest loans in Northeast Ohio.
Utility bill assistance settlement - Summit County has entered into an agreement with many local electric and power companies to create the Fuel Fund Assistance Program. Funds and cash grants are being provided to qualified customers who are struggling with paying their utilities. If an applicant is qualified per program terms, they can receive up to $300 for paying their bills. Click here.
CANAPI - AIDS/HIV patients can apply for limited financial assistance. Get help with utility bill payment assistance, housing (including mortgage and rent payment assistance) and more. 895 North Main Street, Akron, Ohio 44310, (330) 252-1559
Stephen A. Comunale, Jr. Family Cancer Foundation – Cancer patients and families may quality for financial help. Aid is offered on a case by case basis. Ask about utility bill payment assistance, rent payment assistance, transportation costs, mortgage payments, and free food vouchers. Akron, OH 44333. (330) 835-5985
Summit County government assistance - The Family Services organization can provide social services, cash, and case management to the low income. Resources offered by the county can include assistance with medical bills and health care needs, housing, free food, and more. Thousands of Akron and Summit County families benefit every year. Read more.
Referrals to social services and financial aid is available by dialing (330) 615-0566. There is financial help for rent, security or utility deposits, and more available from Housing First. Resources are limited. The referral services also offers information on emergency financial assistance to avoid utility and heating disconnections. Other support will be to help a tenant remain in their home, or the service will help people sustain permanent housing.
Veterans Service Commission – Military members and families can apply for help with rent, energy bills, and other services. 1060 East Waterloo Road, Akron, Ohio 44306, (330) 643-2830
Resources to stop and eviction are combined with rehousing for currently/formerly homeless families. Many charities and government run organizations coordinate assistance. Tenants as well as homeowners in Summit County can apply for help, and there are also resources for veterans, families living in poverty, and single moms among others.
Grants from this programs can help with various housing bills. Apply for water bill help, money for rent, heating bill programs, and other aid. Continue Summit County eviction assistance.
Green Welfare And Recreation Association - Provides limited heating and utility bill payment assistance for people in need of help. 6233 Redbird Terrace, Clinton, Ohio 44216, phone (330) 882-3396
Springfield Township Community Fund – The struggling may receive up to $200 to use for the payment of gas, heating or electric bills. They can also coordinate the payments for heating oil in a crisis. 2094 Portage Line Road, Mogadore (Summit County), Ohio 44260. (330) 784-3990
Love, Inc. of Akron Ohio runs a grant program for qualified, low income customers of FirstEnergy utility companies, which includes Ohio Edison. Low income seniors and families with children may benefit. Call (330) 762-1200. The charity also has ministries that may offer free diapers, clothes, and referrals to local programs. More on Love Inc. Summit County programs.
Another government organization that administers this program is the Summit County Executive - Building Inspection Department (call (330) 643-2068). In most cases assistance is provided in the form of a credit on your existing account.
Akron based attorneys offer free advice and representation to the vulnerable. The goal is to ensure that all residents have access to legal aid, and they can help with minor needs such as creating a will to much more serious challenges, including eviction prevention or filing for bankruptcy among other cases. The pro-bono firm provides help in Summit as well as nearby Cleveland. More on Legal Society programs.
Summit County Public Health, Morley Health Center, offers financial assistance for different types of utility bills. A limited amount of funding is for paying water, natural gas, and electricity bills. 177 South Broadway, Akron, Ohio 44308, telephone (330) 926-5660.
Free household items and basic needs, ranging from clothes to school supplies or furniture, is distributed across the county. There is help available for the working poor, homeless, and even just struggling parents that are looking for short term support. Read clothing closets in Summit County.
Low income families, senior citizens, and those living in poverty can apply for help at Christmas and other holidays. Programs such as Angel Tree as well as Adopt a Family provide free toys to children and gifts to others. There are also Christmas and Thanksgiving meals, clothing, and personal care products given out from the charities. Click Summit County holiday assistance.
Volunteers of America - Housing and homeless prevention services are available in Summit County Ohio. Other assistance from the non-profit includes food or home delivered meals for senior. Other resources include Christmas assistance from VOA programs such as Santa's Workshop and information and referrals on other financial resources. Click here.
Akron residents can apply for a program to pay their water bills. There is assistance only for residents in the city and immediate outlying areas. As funding allows, up to $300 may be offered to income qualified customers, the unemployed, or households with a medical expense. More on water bill help in Akron.
Faith House - Humility Of Mary Housing Ministry - Single parent families can receive short term shelter and/or transitional housing. Clients can also access job skill training and education services. Case managers will also help people with money management skills, credit repair and other self-sufficiency. Address is 1561 East 30th Street, Lorain, OH 44055. Call (440) 277-4430 for information, or learn more.
Additional rent and security deposit help is available in the region. Please note that about 10 other charities, government programs, and not-for profits operate in the county, and they have financial aid, including grants, for housing needs. Read more on Akron and Summit County rent assistance.
City of Tallmadge offers small dollar amounts to town residents only that are in a crisis. Money may be used for housing costs (energy bills or rent) or basic goods, such as food or medications. Dial - (330) 376-6660.
Summit County Ohio financial programs that are available across the state
Individuals and families in Akron and Summit County Ohio can also get help from state programs that assist with paying utilities, mortgages and foreclosure counseling, heating bills, free food, health care and more.
Debt assistance, help with mortgage, and foreclosure prevention
There are several non-profit agencies in Akron Ohio and Summit County that provide assistance. Meet with a counselor to help get out of debt, and receive access to foreclosure counseling.
Summit County Consumer Credit Counseling - The agency will help homeowners who are unable to make their mortgage payments and it will provide assistance to those families who are at risk of losing their homes through foreclosure. Aid is also available for people who are already in the foreclosure process. Also learn about debt management plans and ways to deal with credit card and other debts or loans. Phone (800) 355-2227.
Akron based Mustard Seed Development Center ((330) 631-0350) provides information to people who need help paying their mortgage or who are dealing with a foreclosure. Learn more on government assistance mortgage programs.
Other locations to contact for debt, mortgage, and foreclosure help include Pride Through Empowerment Foundation ((330) 777-3331) and East Akron Neighborhood Development Agency, which employes HUD approved counselors. Dial (330) 724-0244.
Also, click here for debt and mortgage assistance programs from national lenders such as Bank of America.
City of Akron Neighborhood and Housing Development Programs
Akron Ohio offers various housing rehabilitation programs in certain areas of the city. Some of the available programs include Rental Rehabilitation Program, Housing Inspection/Rehabilitation, Community Development Services Programs, and the Neighborhood Housing Petition Program. The city will invest in qualified homes and properties to improve its outward appearance, including windows, roof, siding, porches, gutters, steps, foundation.
They will also make sure that the major interior systems, including electrical, heating, and plumbing are in very good working order. This is funded by a combination of grants and low interest loans. Property owners will be eligible for up to a $7,500 free cash grant and they may also receive a $7,500 deferred loan, which is a loan that is set at 0% interest and the loan is repaid when the house is refinanced, sold, or transferred to heirs. Dial 330-762-9631. Click here to learn more on home repair programs.
Ohio Edison Electrical Repair Program
This is a free grant program that offers assistance for owners who reside in their homes (owner-occupied homes) and the money is to be used update their electrical service and keep the home safe. Phone number 330-434-3101.
Catholic Charities Community Services of Summit County
This agency is located at 640 Main Street, Akron, OH 44310. They have limited funding and will try to assist children, disabled and elderly people, and women who need assistance with housing expenses, rent, utilities, water bills, heating expenses, mortgage help, due to terminal illness or unexpected events or crisis. They also have a food pantry and provide holiday meals. Phone number for Catholic Charities is (330) 762-7481. Or read more Summit County Catholic Charities.
The Salvation Army-Akron Summit County Service Center
The main office is located at 190 South Maple Street, Akron, Ohio 44302. Call 330.762.8481. The agency will help people who are in need and who live in Akron, Orrville, Kidron, Dalton, Marshallville and North Lawrence. They have limited funds available, and people in need can apply for rent help, prescription medications, and cash for heating and energy bills. The Preschool, Child Care, and After School program is run from 135 Hall Street in Akron. That phone number is (330) 762-8177.
Since funding is limited, other assistance may be provided as well that is not direct financial aid. For example, the non-profit can help people around the holidays by providing food, gifts, and holiday meals. Other programs include homeless prevention and access to a food pantry and clothing closet. Contact the Akron Salvation Army at (330) 762-8481, or read more Akron Salvation Army assistance programs.
Hudson Community services
This non-profit organization coordinates the distribution of emergency financial assistance in the Akron Ohio community including food, medical supplies, utility and heating bill payments and clothing. It also sponsors activities for senior citizens and refers people to government programs. Call Hudson Community Service Association at 330.653.6509.
Lakemore United Community Council
This Summit County organization provides emergency food, helps with paying utility bills and provides some prescription medications, and it supports athletic and recreational programs for youth and other community members. The programs offered are only for residents of the Village of Lakemore. Dial 330.699.5801 to reach Lakemore United Community Council.
Health and medical care in Summit County Ohio
Tens of thousands of local individuals, including children, do not have health or dental insurance. Three health centers to call for free medical care, prescription medications, or savings on their medical bills are below. Or you can find additional Summit County clinics.
The Barberton Community Health Clinic offers low income patients and the uninsured medical care. It runs a free health care clinic that staffed by volunteer area physicians, nurses, doctors, laboratory technicians, pharmacists, lay personnel, and other medical professionals. 330.745.7471.
Akron Community Health Resources (phone (330) 724-5471) provides a full range of primary medical care for adults and children. Patients bills and charges will be based on a sliding fee scale.
Health Connections Network is a volunteer organization that helps and will match uninsured persons and patients with a volunteer primary care physician or doctor who will provide regular health and vision care and referrals for volunteer-provided specialty and other medical care services. Enrolls participants in free or reduced cost prescription programs as well. Click here to find more on medical programs, or dial (866) 706-0209.
Free legal advice from non-profit law firms
Elderly and low-income residents of central northeast Ohio and Summit County can get free legal advice from Community Legal Aid Services, Inc. Click here to read more, or call the agency at 330.535.4191.
Free food, meals, and perishable items
Regardless of your income, background, or religion, a large number of food banks and pantries, charities, and churches serve the needy with groceries, meals, and free or low cost food. If the three locations listed below can’t meet your needs for food, then there are additional pantries and government hunger prevention programs. Find more Akron and Summit County food banks.
- Blessed Trinity Parish, call (330) 376-5144. Regardless of religion, this location provides a free food pantry for people in need of help. Clients of this location may receive food assistance up to once every 3 months or a maximum of 4 times per year.
- Ellet Good Neighbors, located at 2630 Albrecht Road in Akron, offers referrals and partners with local food distribution groups and banks. Dial (330) 784-1395.
- Joanne's Pantry, dial (330) 794-2562, runs a food pantry for Akron residents in need of help.