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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 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.

Hamilton County Commissioners

Stephanie Summerow Dumas, President
Alicia Reece, Vice President
Denise Driehaus

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Starting the New Year with a New Location for the 513Relief Services

513Relief Bus Heads to a Central Location with Easy Access Over the Winter Months

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.

County Has Millions in Aid for Rent and Utilities

Federal Eviction Moratorium Ends July 31 – Assistance Is Still Available through the County Rent and Utility Relief Program

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
1 $47,850
2 $54,650
3 $61,500
4 $68,300
5 $73,800
6 $79,250
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 hccc@uwgc.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.


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Third Round of Hamilton County Small Business Relief Grants

Third Round of Hamilton County Small Business Relief Grant applications accepted 9/16/2021– 10/4/2021

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:

  • Must be a for-profit entity with a business location in Hamilton County.
  • Must have been in operation as of December 31, 2019, or earlier.
  • Have less than $2.5 million in gross revenue/receipts on an annual basis.
  • Must have experienced a 15% revenue loss when comparing 2019 gross revenue to 2020 gross revenue due to COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • Have 50 or fewer W-2 employees or 1099 workers as of December 31, 2019.
  • Have Eligible Expenses directly associated with a Hamilton County business location.
  • For a small business that received funding in Round 1 or Round 2 of the Hamilton County Small Business Relief Program, it has timely and properly submitted all close-out reports and requested information.

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.

513 Small Business Assist Program Launches

Hamilton County Provides Hands-On Technical Assistance for COVID-Impacted Small Businesses

Small Business Assist Launch Group Picture

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.


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513Relief Bus Is Headed Your Way

The 513Relief Bus Brings Resources to Those Who Need Them

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.

NO COST Resources:

  • COVID-19 Vaccinations by the UC Health
  • HCJFS is providing information, direct assistance and/or on-sight applications for:
    • Cash
    • Food
    • Medicaid
    • Rent and Utility Help
    • Workforce Development
    • Child Support / Child Care


Have questions? Contact us.

2021 Child Tax Credit Details

Child Tax Credit Under the American Rescue Plan Expansion

Child Tax Credit Details

  • Credit amount increased – from $2,000 to $3,600 for children under age 6, and $3,000 for children 6-17 years old (previously credit was only given up to age 16).
  • Credit amount will be made through advance payments in 2021, starting in July, to allow struggling families the benefit of the financial assistance now, instead of waiting until 2022.
  • Credit is now fully refundable, so households will be entitled to receive the full credit benefit. A tax credit means a tax bill is reduced dollar-for-dollar, and it being refundable means a tax bill can be reduced to $0 and a refund can be issued for anything left over.
  • The credit begins to phase out when adjusted gross income reaches $75,000 for single filers or $150,000 for joint filers ($112,500 for Head of Household).
  • There is no requirement to be employed or have earnings in order to claim the child credit ~ the $2500 in earned income floor was removed.

Other Eligibility Requirements

  • Child must be a US citizen, national or resident alien and have a social security number.
  • Child must be claimed as a dependent on 2021 taxes, must be related to the filer, and live with the filer for at least six months during the year.

How Payments Are Issued

  • Households get six monthly payments (15th of the month) via direct deposit starting in July (80% of those who qualify have direct deposit, the rest will receive a check), if a household qualifies for $3,000, they get $250 in monthly payments from July-December, and then claim the other $1500 on taxes.
  • Advance payments are not taxable.
  • Households choosing to claim 100% on 2021 taxes, must opt out of the periodic payment program (an online portal is being established).
  • Income changes, marital status and number of qualifying children (born in 2021) can be reported in the online portal being established. Child’s name, DOB and SSN are required to claim a child.
  • There will be a second online portal for families who do not traditionally file a tax return because their income is below filing thresholds.
  • No tax offset for past due federal/state taxes, or for those behind on their child support payments.

PRC funds available

Pandemic economic relief: PRC funds available now

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:

  • Must be at least 18 years old,
  • Must have at least 1 dependent (minor) child under the age of 18 (under age 19 if still attending High School) in the household,
  • Must meet income eligibility requirements of 200% of Federal Poverty Guidelines,
  • Must be gainfully employed or have an employment offer or other documented income that reflects an ability to pay ongoing bills (SSI, UCB, etc.).

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.


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