We’re working harder than ever to help renters stay in their homes.
Find COVID-19 relief options available to Hamilton County residents right here.
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 513 Relief 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
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
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 513 Relief Bus (the Hamilton County Equity and Resources Mobile Tech Bus) will provide those resources directly to those who need it most.
NO COST Resources:
NO APPOINTMENT Needed
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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.