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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.
Stephanie Summerow Dumas, President
Alicia Reece, Vice President
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As new COVID-19 cases are increasing again, Hamilton County Commissioners are announcing the launch of three new COVID-19 community testing sites. These new Test and Protect locations will provide COVID-19 testing for Hamilton County residents on a zero-out-of-pocket cost, walk-up basis. Newport-based Ethos Laboratories, which has provided diagnostic services to local schools, nursing facilities, city governments, performance venues, and others throughout the pandemic, was selected in a competitive process by the County to administer the $1.2 million program using American Rescue Act Plan Funding.
“COVID-19 is still with us, testing is a big part of the solution,” said Stephanie Summerow Dumas, President of the Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners. “As the federal programs paying for some testing and vaccinations are coming to an end, Hamilton County continues to provide free testing and free vaccinations through Hamilton County Public Health, for those who are uninsured.”
“We want to make sure citizens in Hamilton County have access to free COVID testing with our locations listed on TestandProtectCincy.com,” said Commissioner Alicia Reece. “Hamilton County has been forward-thinking in providing robust community testing and with federal options dropping off, Hamilton County is once again filling the gap.”
“We need to test more in order to keep hospital visits down,” said Commissioner Denise Driehaus. “These new community testing sites allow the County to ensure that critical testing resources continue to be available to residents in convenient locations at no-cost.”
The three new community testing sites include:
Quinn Chapel Forest Park
10998 Southland Road
Forest Park, Ohio
Hours: Monday through Friday, from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library’s Price Hill Branch
970 Purcell Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45205
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday 10:00am to 6:00pm
Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library’s Corryville Branch
2802 Short Vine St.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45219
Hours: Thursday and Friday from 10:00am to 6:00pm
The three new sites build off of a successful TestandProtectCincy.com campaign that tested over 65,000 people in 2020 and 2021.
County officials stressed that while protection from vaccinations and from prior infections have reduced both the severity and prevalence of new COVID-19 infections, further efforts are needed to stay ahead of the virus. Newly emerging coronavirus strains— including the highly transmissible Omicron BA.2 sub-variant that now accounts for over 85% of all new infections nationwide— are being monitored by public health experts with extreme vigilance.
“We’re thrilled that Hamilton County has chosen to partner with Ethos on these new testing sites,” said Ethos Laboratories CEO Brian Kincaid. “We’re going to be here, standing with the County and the Greater Cincinnati community until this pandemic is finished once and for all.”
Ethos Laboratories is a clinical diagnostic laboratory located in Newport, Kentucky, dedicated to improving the lives of patients suffering with pain, providing personalized diagnostic services through cutting-edge testing and continuous innovation. The company focuses on providing excellent quality, service, and support for every customer, and the highest standards for accuracy and efficiency. The laboratory has created innovative tools, resources, and processes that have improved provider insight into sources of pain, increased understanding of medication compliance and management, and fuels the pursuit of continuous improvement including launching a telehealth integration platform.
Hamilton County Commissioners are asking for public input through the Hamilton County Broadband Survey to help map accessibility, reliability, and affordability of the internet countywide.
The Hamilton County Broadband Survey is a critical part of a broader effort to connect every household, school, organization, and business equitably after the pandemic showed gaping disparities in reliable, high-quality internet access in both urban and rural communities.
The more people who fill out the survey, the better the data will be to inform both the critical infrastructure improvements as well as investments in our community’s ability to learn and thrive.
Please take 20 minutes to complete the survey – we know your time is valuable and your investment in completing the survey will help Hamilton County use the information to provide more reliable and affordable internet to Hamilton County residents.
January 27, 2022 – Hamilton County has teamed up with ArtsWave, the engine for the region’s arts, to announce that it will award $2 million in nonprofit arts and cultural grants funded through the County’s allocation of American Rescue Plan (ARP) dollars. The grants will be awarded to combat the negative economic of COVID-19 on the local arts community and to fuel the region’s economic restart. Links to the applications and funding guidelines are available on the County’s Covid relief site – https://513relief.org/ and https://www.artswave.org/apply.
The Hamilton County ARP Arts and Culture Relief Program will cover costs of necessary expenditures incurred by Hamilton County arts and culture organizations due to the COVID-19 public health emergency between March 1, 2020 and December 30, 2022. All interested applicants must submit their materials through ArtsWave’s website (artswave.org/apply) by 5:00 pm on February 15, 2022. Review of applications will begin immediately, and grant recipients will be notified in March by ArtsWave.
ArtsWave will host a virtual information session on Wednesday, February 3, 2022, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. answering questions and outlining the eligibility and application process. To join the information session, visit artswave.org/apply and click on “Hamilton County ARP Arts and Culture Grants Information Session.”
“We know that a stronger arts and cultural environment means a stronger Hamilton County,” said Commission President Stephanie Summerow Dumas. “This industry has been decimated financially by the pandemic and we wanted to make sure that we take care of the people and organizations that make us so vibrant.”
“We are One Hamilton County and that means taking care of everyone-our neighbors, our small businesses and our arts and cultural organizations,” said Commission Vice President Alicia Reece. “Our creative community has helped us get through the pandemic with their innovation, art and song; it is time we support their recovery.”
“At a time when many of these organizations had to scale back and use their creativity to connect us all, we want them to know, we are with you, we support you,” said Commissioner Denise Driehaus. “We need you to recover so that Hamilton County can continue to innovate, create and shine as a community.”
The arts in the Cincinnati region have an economic impact of $300 million annually and employ 10,000+ people. Losses of more than $140 million in revenue have occurred since the pandemic began. The arts were one of the first local industries to be affected by the virus and they’re projected to be the last to fully recover.
The COVID-19 relief grants will cover costs incurred due to business disruption, in a two-year period in which performing arts venues and museums lost significant box office and admissions revenue. The grants can also cover costs of mitigation expenses for re-opening and adaptations required for digital programming. Total grant amounts will be based on operating revenue from the prior fiscal year.
“Arts organizations typically derive between half and two-thirds of their annual operating budgets from earned income sources like ticket sales, sponsorships and contracts,” said Alecia Kintner, ArtsWave President & CEO. “The COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating for arts organizations that, like any other industry, have fixed costs and valuable employees. Relief from Hamilton County from the CARES Act funding and now the ARP, combined with City of Cincinnati relief efforts and three years of ArtsWave Campaigns funded by the community has allowed our arts to make it through this time, so that we can say, “Live Arts Are Back.” Thank you, Hamilton County, City of Cincinnati and ArtsWave donors for helping our region rebuild itself through the arts.”
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. Individuals desiring assistance navigating the online options can call United Way’s assistance line, 211 (option 3) and a Care Coordinator will provide guidance. 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
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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