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In January 2021, Hamilton County Commissioners launched the COVID-19 Economic Recovery and Relief Task Force to meet the critical needs of families and businesses affected by COVID-19. Find direct economic relief resources below and find out when the 513Relief Bus is coming to a neighborhood near you for one-on-one assistance.
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We have created this website to serve as a gateway to relief options available to Hamilton County residents impacted by Covid-19. Together with our partners, we resolve to make community support known and swiftly provided to those in need.
Stephanie Summerow Dumas, President
Alicia Reece, Vice President
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Hamilton County is teaming up with the Southwest Ohio Region Workforce Investment Board (SWORWIB) to temporarily house the services of the 513Relief Bus in one convenient location starting in January 2022 for the winter months.
Beginning January 4, 2022, 513Relief Bus services will operate from the OhioMeansJobs (OMJ) Center, 1916 Central Parkway 45214. This move allows the County’s COVID Relief Programs to be accessible Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in one location, on a bus line with convenient parking.
On Wednesdays and Thursdays each week, Hamilton County Public Health will continue providing no-cost vaccinations and health information at the Central Parkway location. Hamilton County Job and Family Services will also be on hand providing direct assistance to Hamilton County residents in need of rent, mortgage, utility relief as well as general social services. The partnership with SWORWIB will provide workforce training opportunities and connect job seekers and employers.
Due to the current high demand for 513 Relief services, this move will allow daily accessibility with regular hours during the winter. Hamilton County will resume community operations in the spring.
Since June 2021, the Hamilton County Equity and Resources Mobile Tech Bus (aka the “513Relief Bus”) visited 79 locations serving 4,158 Hamilton County residents from 28 different zip codes across Hamilton County. UC Health and Hamilton County Public Health administered 1,582 COVID-19 vaccinations in conjunction with the bus. Details on all of the County’s COVID Relief programs, including the 513Relief Bus can be found at www.513Relief.org.
Hamilton County renters, who have been financially impacted by the pandemic, can still get help to stay in their homes and keep the lights on. The Hamilton County Rent and Utility Relief Program draws on COVID aid to provide assistance for up to 12 months in past-due rent and utilities and/or can pay for three months in future for renters who live in Hamilton County and can document financial impact due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The County will pay rent and utility bills for households at or below 80% of the Area Median Income:
|Number of People in Household||Max Income 80% of Area Median Income|
|Number of People in Household||1||2||3||4||5||6|
|Max Income 80% of Area Median Income||$47,850||$54,650||$61,500||$68,300||$73,800||$79,250|
The CDC’s eviction moratorium is set to expire after July 31, 2021 and is not expected to be extended. This impacts renters who provided their landlords with paperwork stating a hardship due to the pandemic.
The County has spent nearly $10 million in federal funds, including Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and. Economic Security Act (CARES) and Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) funds, to help support 4,300 families stay in their homes. HCJFS’s goal is to process all complete applications within 10 business days.
In most cases, the Hamilton County Rent and Utility Program’s application can be submitted on a smart phone. If an applicant experiences computer troubles, or difficulty gathering appropriate documents, the United Way 211 Care Navigators can help guide and even complete applications for renters. Call 211, or text 211CARES to 51555, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The 513 Relief Bus will also help applicants with the process, find the bus route here.
What about homeowners? Hamilton County Commissioners have also set aside $5 million in American Rescue Plan aid for homeowners to keep them from foreclosure. The County plans to start taking applications from eligible homeowners in September.
APPLY – https://erap.hcjfs.org/
CALL – (513) 207-4954
Small Businesses in Hamilton County have a third chance to apply for funding through the Hamilton County Small Business Relief Grant Program. Starting next week, small businesses can apply for grants up to $10,000 to help offset business interruption costs caused by the pandemic. Applications will be accepted on Hamilton County’s COVID Relief website 513Relief.org starting Thursday, September 16th at 12 p.m. through the deadline of Monday, October 4th, at 5:00 p.m.
“Hamilton County small businesses have faced multiple hurdles and hardships during this pandemic,” said Commission President Stephanie Summerow Dumas. “We need these businesses to survive so that they can continue to provide vital jobs and services so our local economy can recover and thrive.”
“In some cases, we are throwing Hamilton County small businesses a lifeline,” said Commission Vice President Alicia Reece. “COVID is not letting up so neither are we. This third round of business grants is to let our small businesses know that they are critical to the successful recovery of our County.”
“We’ve heard directly from businesses owners that the first two rounds came at the exact right time,” said Commissioner Denise Driehaus. “We are thrilled to be able to offer another round to help in the recovery of small businesses all over the County.”
The third round uses $4.1 million in CARES Act funding. The amount of grant funding that small businesses can request is equal to the loss when comparing 2019 gross revenues with 2020 gross revenues capped at a maximum of $10,000 (as long as the loss in revenue was at least 15 percent). Eligibility criteria includes:
Round three is easier than ever for businesses to apply and requires less paperwork. To apply, the business owner will need three documents: 1) a government-issued ID, 2) a copy of filed 2019 and 2020 federal business tax returns, and 3) proof that your business operates in Hamilton County. This round will be a reimbursement for eligible expenses incurred from March 23, 2020 – August 31, 2021.
Hamilton County is contracting with HCDC Inc., the County’s Economic Development Office, to evaluate the applications. If the need exceeds the available funding, the County will conduct two lotteries based on business size- Lottery A is for 0-10 employees, Lottery B is for 11-50 employees. In the first two rounds of small business grants, Hamilton County funded nearly 800 businesses with $6.7 M in federal CARES Act funding.
The 513 Small Business Assist program removes barriers that small business owners face when recovering from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and navigating local, state, and federal recovery assistance programs. Eligible small businesses located in Hamilton County will receive one-on-one support with COVID-19 grant applications, business planning, marketing, access to funding, and much more.
The 513 Small Business Assist program brings together again a working coalition of local and national community and economic development organizations that each are committed to helping small businesses connect with the specific services that meet their unique needs. By contracting with the National Development Council, the County is also partnering with the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce, African American Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Greater Cincinnati Microenterprise Initiative, Urban League, Next Street, and HCDC Inc. This coalition of organizations previously worked together on the Greater Cincinnati COVID-19 Response and Recovery Initiative, which received anchor funding from Fifth Third Bank.
DOWNLOAD – Small Business Assist Program Flyer
CALL – (513) 273-0503
EMAIL – email@example.com
Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners recognizes the need to deliver social services, including no-cost COVID-19 vaccinations, to Hamilton County neighborhoods. The Hamilton County 513Relief Bus (the Hamilton County Equity and Resources Mobile Tech Bus) will provide those resources directly to those who need it most.
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If you’re struggling financially because of covid-19, we might be able to help. We have funds available now in our Prevention, Retention and Contingency (PRC) fund and this money can cover a wide variety of things – rent, utility bills, beds and baby items, to name a few. Because of COVID, PRC funding in Hamilton County has grown from $3.5 million before the pandemic to $7.5 million. This fund is designed to help families get over roadblocks that are standing in their way.
Hamilton County Commissioners are urging Hamilton County residents to see if they’re eligible for this help. It’s available to more people than you might realize, for example– a family of three that earns $43,000 a year is eligible. County officials estimate that 30 percent of all Hamilton County families qualify for this support. It’s easy to apply. This is not an entitlement program and PRC benefits will not affect other services you may be receiving.
Other eligibility requirements for PRC Assistance include:
The money recently was used to help a single mom buy uniforms for her kids who were going back to school, to help a great aunt who took in siblings buy pull-ups and to help another kinship family pay the electric bill.