We are continuing to update this page with important information and resources regarding COVID-19.

 

Update: 4/16/2020

Forbes has collected support resources from government agencies, private companies, and nonprofit organizations that are providing support during this unprecedented time. Click here to access their list. 

USDA unveils tools to help rural communities. Click here to view resources available to rural communities, individuals and businesses. 

 

Update: 3/24/2020

ECDI Norhern Ohio & WBC Northern Ohio Resources

Financial assistance: 

Cleveland City Council has announced plans to take legislative action with the goal of suspending evictions for at least 60 days for people experiencing economic hardship caused by the novel coronavirus. 

Cleveland Water and Cleveland Public Power (CPP) have temporarily stopped disconnection of residential services for non-payment. If you have recently been disconnected for non-payment, please call Cleveland Water at 216-664-3130 or CPP at 216-664-4600

Cuyahoga County has suspended work activity requirements for people who receive food stamps and federal cash assistance. All county assessments and on-site visits related to work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) are suspended until further notice. For more information about work requirements, a voice mail message can be left at 216-987-8656 for TANF, and 216-987-6820 for SNAP.

The Greater Cleveland RTA has guaranteed two weeks paid leave to employees who are quarantined or isolated due to coronavirus. 

HFLA of Northeast Ohio is offering emergency, interest-free loans to people affected by the coronavirus. Loans of up to $1,500 are available for purposes including, but not limited to, lost wages, child care costs due to school closures, and medical costs. Learn more and apply here, or call  216-378-9042

The Ohio Development Services Agency is preparing to qualify Ohio for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. This program provides low-interest loans up to $2 million in order to help businesses overcome the temporary loss of revenue during the state of emergency. Nonprofit organizations in Ohio will also be eligible for low-interest loans through the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. In order to complete the state’s application, businesses impacted by the current public health crisis should immediately send their contact information to BusinessHelp@Development.Ohio.gov. Additional information is available at SBA.gov/Disaster

Painesville City has temporarily stopped the disconnection of residential services for non-payment during the month of March. If you have questions about your connection, contact 440-392-5797

The State of Ohio has extended unemployment benefits to workers in quarantine and employees of businesses that temporarily shut down due to coronavirus. Learn more here

Food resources: 

Chardon Local Schools will be offering meal services and other resources for families during the school closure. Please visit their Facebook page for the latest.

Cleveland Metropolitan School District is offering free meals for all children in the city of Cleveland ages 18 and younger as well as shuttle service to and from the 22 meal pickup sites. Schools will also provide instructional material for students to use during their time off. Learn more here. 

Geauga County Department on Aging will continue its home delivered meals program and will be offering Congregate Meals "to-go" at each of its senior center locations. Learn more here

The Geauga County Hunger Taskforcesupports independent food pantries and other resources for area residents in need. Call 440-285-2261 or visit their website here.  

Greater Cleveland Food Bank works with partners across the community to deliver and distribute food to residents in need. Access food programs here, or call 216-738-2067

The Lunch Box, Painesville City Local Schools' mobile food service program, will distribute pre-bagged lunch and breakfast meals to all children under 18 while schools are closed. Please visit their Facebook pagefor more information. 

United Way of Lake County offers a listing of area food pantries by city. You can find more information here

Civic engagement: 

The U.S. Census Bureau is monitoring the coronavirus situation and modifying its operations accordingly. Completing the census form online is highly encouraged. You can learn more here

Vote by mail: Following the suspension of the March 17 primary election due to the current public health emergency, you may request an application from your county board of elections to vote by mail:

Other resources:

Cleveland Public Library and Cuyahoga County Public Library are offering free WiFi access in their parking lots and plan to expand online offerings including audio and video content for streaming. Cleveland Public Library has created a list of resourcesto keep children engaged in learning while schools are closed. 

Lifeline Lake County is working with partners to address community needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. For information about local resources and changes to agency services, you can dial 2-1-1 or visit their website here.  

Neighborhood Connections is exploring ways to combat social isolation while following social distancing protocols. Visit their website and sign up for their e-newsletter for updates. 

Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless has launched an emergency fund to help the homeless and other vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 crisis. Learn more here

United Way of Greater Cleveland 2-1-1 HelpLink is available 24/7 to help those with questions about the coronavirus and to provide access to support services and programs. Se habla español. 

Healthcare resources  

State and local public health agencies and hospital systems are offering vital information and resources for people who may be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have questions about the pandemic:

ECDI Cincinnati & WBC of Cincinnati & Southern Ohio Resources

Utilities:

  • Duke Energy announced that because customers may be facing unusual financial hardship, the company has immediately suspended disconnections for non-payment. This applies to all home and business accounts in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana as well as other states effective March 21.
  • Greater Cincinnati Water Works is canceling water shutoffs and restoring water service. Questions? Call 513-591-7700.

Hamilton County:

  • Courthouse: The Court of Common Please has suspending all jury trials until April 13, 2020. If you have been summoned for jury duty, do not report the courthouse, please visit their website or call the Juror Hotline at 513-946-5879.
  • Public Assistance programs: In-person interviews and work requirements are suspended. The agency is conducting initial qualifying interviews, as well as re-certification interviews, over the phone, instead of in person. Other requirements, such as assessment paperwork and tests, can be done at home or online. JFS is also granting “good cause” exemptions for those who would normally be required to participate in a work activity or attend school.

Food:

  • Liberty Street Market (112 E. Liberty Street)
    • Open Daily 9-3 PM
    • For Emergency food distribution of prepackaged bags with distancing practices in place for customer at.
  • Food Pantries throughout Cincinnati
  • Vincent de Paul – 513-431-0602. Food pantry open Monday through Saturday.

Groceries:

  • TriHealth Healthy Harvest Market: Learn More Here
    • Open to the Public
    • Neighborhoods: Avondale, Bond Hill, Clifton, College Hill, Evanston, Millvale, Price Hill, Sayler Park, South Fairmount, Walnut Hills, West End, and Winton Woods

Meals:

  • Cincinnati Public Schools
    • Meals will be served March 17–April 3 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays each week with an additional serving day of Tuesday, March 17. All meals will be served between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. On Mondays and Wednesdays, children will receive two breakfast meals and two lunch meals. On Fridays and Tuesday, March 17, children will receive one breakfast meal and one lunch meal. All meals will exceed USDA nutritional requirements.
      • AMIS
      • Bond Hill
      • Chevior
      • Douglass
      • Hays-Porter School
      • John P. Parker
      • LEAP Academy
      • Airy
      • Washington
      • Oyler
      • Parker Woods
      • Pleasant Hill
      • Riverview
      • Roberts
      • Rockdale
      • Roselawn
      • Rothenberg
      • Sayler Park
      • South Avondale
      • Western Hill University High School
      • Westwood
      • Winton Hills
      • Withrow
      • Woodford

Transportation:

  • NKY: TANK reduces schedule, offer free rides ‘until further notice’

General:

Rent:

  • Vincent de Paul administers the city’s Eviction Prevention Initiative. 513-562-8842, ext. 771.
    Or check if you qualify online at https://www.svdpcincinnati.org/Get_Help/
  • Salvation Army – 513-762-5660

 

Update: 3/23/2020

Childcare

Gov. DeWine offered clarification on the childcare orders released earlier this week. All childcare can be found here

  • Beginning Thursday, 3/26/2020, Childcare providers must have a temporary childcare license. 
  • Childcare providers may only have six kids per room.
  • Daycare slots will be prioritized. Families of those directly involved in the fight against COVID-19 including healthcare providers and first responders will be prioritized. If there are any remaining slots, parents may apply for their children. The application can be found here

State Finances

Ohio State Legislature is returning this week. Business activity is slowing down and state revenue will decrease dramatically so its important to take action now. Gov. DeWine has ordered the following:

  • Immediate hiring freeze in State Government
    • Only exception is for those directly involved in fighting the Coronavirus.
  • Travel freeze for Government workers
  • Freeze on new contract services effective immediately
  • All members of the cabinet must look for cuts they can make immediately in budget and spending
  • Requesting the state controlling board to reduce spending on variety of projects

Stay-At-Home Order will go into effect at 11:59PM on 3/23/2020

Update: 3/20/2020

FOOD

GROCERIES

 

The following organizations are still providing groceries to individuals and families with household income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Line. These organizations also have a need for volunteers.

All Peoples Fresh Market (945 Parsons Avenue)

  • Operated by Community Development for All People, they are providing food via drive-thru and walk-thru options. No appointment necessary.
  • Hours: Tues - Fri from 11am - 5pm, Sat from 9am-1pm.


Kroger Food Pantry (3960 Brookham Dr - Grove City)

  • Operated by Mid-Ohio Foodbank, they are providing food via a drive-thru box pick-up. No appointment necessary.
  • Hours: Tues/ Thurs/ Fri from 8:30 am – 12 pm; Wed 8:30 am – 12 pm AND 5 - 7 pm; Sat 8:30 am – 1:30 pm


Champion Food Pantry (1460 S. Champion Avenue)

  • Operated by Lutheran Social Services, they are providing both perishables (no appointment required) and groceries (appointment required). Click here to make an appointment.
  • Hours (Perishables only, no appointment): Mon 11 am – 1 pm; Tues 2:30 – 4 pm; Fri 11am – 1 pm
  • Hours (Scheduled order pick-ups): Tues 1:30 – 4 pm; Wed 10am – 3pm; Thurs 3-5 pm; Fri 12-2 pm


Other

MEALS

 

The following organizations are providing ready to eat meals, mostly to children and youth, to help bridge the gap with no in-school meals (take out only). 

Columbus City Schools (2 South Side locations)

  • Providing free breakfast and lunch to all children 18 and under. Not registration required.
  • Two locations within the south side:
    • South Middle/High School, 1160 Ann Street
    • Buckeye Middle School, 2950 S. Parsons Avenue
  • Breakfast hours: Mon - Fri from 8 - 9 am
  • Lunch hours: Mon - Fri from 11 am - 1 pm


Smoked on High BBQ (755 South High St)

  • Starting 3/18/20, kids can get an order of BBQ chicken for free the next three weeks. 
  • Hours: Wed - Sun 11am - 8pm (while supplies last)


Roosters (897 City Park Ave)

  • Starting 3/16/20 thru 4/5/20, kids under 12 years old can get a free meal.
  • Hours: Wed - Sun 11am - 8pm (while supplies last)


Legacy Smokehouse - Hilliard (3987 Main St)

  • Kids can get a hot dog or pulled pork slider for free.
  • Hours: Tues - Fri from 11am - 2pm

 

Free/Discounted Food Services

Piada - Free kids meals for K-12 students between 10:45am-1pm

Smoked on High Barbeque - Starting 3/18/2020, kids can get an order of drummies or pulled chicken for free for the next 3 weeks.

Nasty’s Sports Bar and Restaurant in Hilliard - Kids eat free Sunday’s and Monday’s

Uber Eats - waived all delivery fees

Greek Express - free lunch to school aged kids Monday-Friday 11am-2pm

Fusion - $1 Peanut Butter and Jelly Rolls through app and in-store

El Rodeo Mexican - Free meals K-12 Monday-Friday from 2pm-5pm (no purchase necessary)

Roosters - Free kids meals age 12 and younger starting 3/16/2020 through 4/5/2020

All People’s Fresh Market - open for regular hours #614-445-7342

Free Meal Pick Ups at Schools

Columbus City School Locations: Monday-Friday (Breakfast 8am-9am and Lunch 11am-1pm)

Linden-McKinley Stem Academy

Buckeye Middle School

Independence High School

Columbus Afrocentric Early College

Sherwood Middle School

Centennial High School

Columbus Global Academy

Mifflin High School

Woodward Park Middle School

West High School

Starling PreK-8

Wedgewood Middle School

Dublin City Schools: Monday-Friday 9a-2p (grab and go)

Dublin Scioto High School

Riverside Elementary

Pickerington Local Schools- Monday-Friday 11:30a-12:30p (grab and go)

Tussing Elementary

Harmon Middle School

Ridgeview Jr. High

Groveport Madison Schools: Monday-Friday 11:30am-12:30pm for children under 18 years old

Asbury Elementary

Dunloe Elementary

Glendening Elementary

Madison Elementary

Middle School Central

Middle School North

Worthington Schools: Monday-Friday 10a-1p

Thomas Worthington High school

Worthington Kilbourne High School

Slate Hill Elementary

Canal Winchester Local Schools: Monday-Friday (grab and go) Check school website for full details (http://www.cwschools.org/)

Westerville City Schools: Starting 3/19/2020 will have food delivery. Check website

Bexley Schools: Breakfast and Lunch available 2x’s per week at 4 different locations- (NOTE: only for students who qualify for free lunches)-Check website for details

Reynoldsburg High School Livingston Campus

  • March 23-27 meals can be picked up between 11a-1p at French Run Elementary

Reynoldsburg High School Livingston Campus

-March 30-April 3 meals can be picked up between 11a-1p at French Run Elementary

French Run Elementary

Hannah Ashton Middle School

Reynoldsburg High School Livingston Campus

Grandview Heights Schools: Monday-Friday (grab and go meals)

Breakfast: 8am-8:15am at Edison Commons

Lunch: 11am-11:30am at Edison Commons

Gahanna Jefferson Schools: 11a-1p

Goshen Lane Elementary

Royal Manor Elementary

Middle School East

Middle School West

Lincoln High School

Other:

The LunchBox will be passing out emergency bags of food throughout the duration of the school closures to families needing them most (https://www.thelunchboxohio.org/)

 

Transportation

COTA: As of 3/17/2020, COTA buses will only be running 1x per hour and will stop running at 10pm instead of 12am

Child Care

Call Action for Children at #614.224.0222

Safe Families: for respite services #614-210-3267

Shelter

Overflow shelter: have to leave at 8am

Main Shelter: do not have to leave, but have to remain in the common area

*Note: families need to call the shelter directly for more guidance

Star House: #614-826-5868

Closing everyday 11am-2pm. Taking temperature when enter the building. If you have a fever you will be given a goody bag and turned away. Not allowing usual partners or visitors inside except for medical personnel

Huckleberry House: #614-294-8097

No longer accepting basic conflict situations. If there are significant allegations of PAB/SAB or homeless teens are able to utilize this service. Will continue to offer community based workers via telecommunication due to limiting the amount of younger population. College students who are foster youth: Info@togetherwerise.org (will help provide or help find housing during the transition)

Education

ABC Mouse: Free membership with code (SCHOOL7771)

Utilities

AEP: Suspending shut offs

Columbia Gas: Suspending shut offs

Internet Services

- Spectrum: Free Wi-Fi for K-12 (for 60 days) #1-844-488-8395

- Comcast: Availabel to all qualified low income households (English) #855-846-8376 (Spanish) #855-765-6995

Employment

-Contact Amazon, Aldi, grocery stores

Other

-Unemployment website is up to date with information (https://unemployment.ohio.gov/)

St. Stephen’s Community House

Food Nutrition Center: available for all Franklin County Residents (no zip code restrictions). Families can visit 1x a week through March 2020. Food will be pre-boxed foods ONLY.

  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday 12pm-3pm
  • Tuesday and Thursday 3p-6p

**NOTE: if never been to the food pantry will need to bring proof of residency and ID

Diapers: available for children under 3 years old

Go to: SaintstephensCH.org for updated information and their blog

Gladden Community House

PIP and HEAP with the Breathing Association: only contact via phone call and NO face to face

After School Program: Monday-Friday from 1:30p-4:30p children can get dinner who are within the zip code

Food Pantry: zip code only and will receive pre-boxed food

Serving Zip Codes: 43204, 43222, 43223, 43215 and west of the Scioto River.

Juvenile Court

Postpone ALL non-essential and non-emergency hearing

Call clerk’s office for more information at #614.525.3600

If court date was postponed 614.252.4407

-Vital Statistics office is closed (NO birth certificate)

Healthcare

WIC:

-EVERYONE Contact via phone call before going to appointment

-Do not have to see the infant, but will need to provide birth certificate

-Children 1-5 years old have to be seen, but this will be a short 10-15 min visit and are eliminating medical portion (height/weight)

United Methodist Free Store: CLOSED until further notice

 

HOUSING STABILIZATION SERVICES

 

Franklin County Municipal Court

Franklin County Jobs & Family Services - PRC Program

  • PRC provides financial assistance, up to $1,500 one time per year, to households with children (specifically, 1 minor under 18 or woman in 3rd trimester) to avoid an eviction. 
  • Because of COVID -19, applications can be accessed online and submitted via email.
  • Directions for submitting PRC applications are as follows:
    • Email applications to:  franklin-cdjfs-agencyprc@jfs.ohio.gov
    • Subject line:  Eviction PRC;  Customer Last Name 
    • Body of email: Please include all of the following information:
      • Full name (first and last name),
      • Any additional information that you feel will be pertinent to us processing the application.
    •  Attachments: The following must be sent with each application (as applicable):
      • Completed signed application,
      • Any supporting verification the customer has provided  
        • Rental assistance
          • Last 30 days of income
          • Current lease
          • Signed itemized statement
          • Payment plan if amount owed is more than $1500
        • Security deposit
          • Last 30 days of income
          • Potential lease
          • Deposit repayment agreement
        • Temporary Housing
          • Last 30 days of income
          • 30 day statement from Studio 6

FYI: a free Apple App to scan documents required is "Scannable"

UNEMPLOYMENT

Ohio Department of Jobs & Family Services

  • Unemployment benefits are now available to employees impacted by coronavirus in the following ways:
    • Employer shut down operations
    • Employees were laid off by employer because of coronavirus 
    • Individual was requested by a medical professional, local health authority, or employer to be isolated or quarantined
  • Directions on how to apply (online or by phone) can be found on the ODJFS website. 

Please carefully read and submit all required materials. 

 

UTLITIES AND INTERNET

Spectrum Internet 

  • Providing free internet for 60 days to households with K-12 or college students who don't already have a spectrum subscription. 
  • Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
  • To learn more or enroll call 1-844-488-8395


Utilities Suspending Disconnections

  • The following local utility providers will no longer disconnect utilities for non-payment during the COVID-19 pandemic but please note: consumers should still pay any bills during this time. 
    • American Electric Power
    • Columbia Gas
    • City of Columbus Water & Electric Departments
  • For more information about service disconnection or reconnection, customers should call 1-800-672-2231.


COTA Bus Services

As of 3/17/2020, COTA buses will only be running 1x per hour and will stop running at 10pm instead of 12am

 

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS AND FAMILIES (OHIO.GOV)

https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/home/Family-Activities/Resources-for-Parents-and-Families