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Find COVID-19 relief options available to Hamilton County residents

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 and recovery resources below.

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Access the support you need

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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The Hamilton County Equity and Resources Mobile Tech Bus Is Headed Your Way

Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners recognize the need to deliver social services, including no-cost COVID-19 vaccinations, to Hamilton County neighborhoods. The Hamilton County Equity and Resources Mobile Tech Bus (#513Relief 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 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.

513 Relief Website Launches

Get relief now – new website delivers covid-19 relief options

We know many Hamilton County residents are still struggling because of the covid-19 pandemic. We want to make sure everyone can find the right help easily.

So today, the Board of Hamilton County Commissioners launches 513Relief.org – a one-stop spot for all kinds of relief, both immediate and longer-term. This new website is a collaboration of not just Hamilton County agencies, but also agencies all across the region.

“Hamilton County now has one source for COVID-related relief – 513Relief.org,” said Commission President Stephanie Summerow Dumas. “As more and more programs come online due to the latest round of federal stimulus, we will have this one-stop available to capture it all.”

“We know people are hurting,” said Commission Vice President Alicia Reece. “We want the community to know that we hear them and are here for them. We want to make sure they have quick access to any help they might need.”

“Our partnerships on the federal and local level have been absolutely critical as we work to directly address the needs in our community. Whether it is rent assistance, food assistance, small business relief, or supporting testing and vaccine sites, we can now point to one place for immediate help for families, workers and business owners,” said Commissioner Denise Driehaus.

In January 2021, commissioners launched the COVID-19 Economic Recovery and Relief Task Force to meet the critical needs of families and businesses affected by COVID-19. This portal is the latest of many steps the county and task force have taken to help residents, businesses, first responders and healthcare providers. The county received $142.6 million in CARES Act funding last year to combat the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 in the community. Commissioners passed the CARES Act Plan last June, setting these priorities for the funds:

  • Increasing Hamilton County’s capacity to support vulnerable populations both internally and in partnership with human services organizations;
  • Support for small- and medium-sized businesses;
  • Supporting first responders and our healthcare systems with logistical support and supplies;
  • Increasing Hamilton County’s capacity to support vulnerable populations both internally and in partnership with human services organizations.

The original deadline for using these funds has been extended through December 2021. We will continue to emphasize help in four categories – public health, vulnerable populations, community/economic assistance and county operations.

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.


Mass Vaccination Sites to Open

New Mass Vaccination Sites to Open in Hamilton County

The Cintas Center on Xavier University’s campus will become Cincinnati’s mass vaccination site when sites open across the state later this month. And starting Thursday (March 10), covid-19 vaccines will be available for people as young as 50 and those with Type 3 diabetes and kidney disease.

Cincinnati also will be a location for a pop-up vaccination site. Gov. DeWine also announced that 50,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be dedicated to pop-up sites in Cincinnati and Columbus. The pop-up clinics will open shortly after the March 17 start date of Cleveland’s mass vaccination site and will offer 12,500 first doses at each location. The rest will be opening in the coming weeks as supply becomes available.

Those vaccinated at the pop-up mass vaccination sites will be guaranteed a second dose. Exact site locations are pending. The mass vaccination sites will be longer-term, staying open until they are no longer necessary.

The regional mass vaccination sites will be locally operated with support from the Ohio Department of Health and Ohio Emergency Management Agency. Clinics will be equipped to administer between 300 and 3,000 vaccines a day depending on location, supply and demand. Ohio’s established vaccine providers can also expect to see an increase in their vaccine allotment as supply increases, and vaccine doses may also be allotted to new providers.
Any Ohioan who is eligible to receive the vaccine under the Ohio Department of Health’s vaccination plan may be vaccinated at any of Ohio’s mass vaccination clinics. The other mass clinic locations: Lima, Maumee, Dayton, Columbus, Akron, Youngstown, Chillicothe, Marietta, Wilmington and Zanesville.
Ohio will also work closely with the clinics to ensure equitable access for high-risk residents and medically underserved communities that could be disproportionately impacted by the virus. Several appointment-scheduling options will be available, including the use of Ohio’s forthcoming central scheduling system for some sites.

The sites are not yet taking reservations, but specific instructions on how to book an appointment will be announced later this month. Dates of operation and hours will vary, but sites will offer both weekday and weekend appointments.

The 50,000 vaccine doses for these pop-up mass vaccination clinics were initially required by the federal government to be set aside for use in Ohio’s more than 2,400 long-term care facilities as part of the federal long-term care program. Ohio was one of the first states to begin drawing from the unused long-term care vaccine supply to provide vaccines for the general population. Ohio has already administered nearly 160,000 reallocated doses from the program to the public. A complete list of the selected regional mass vaccination clinic sites and associated local partners can be found at governor.ohio.gov.

“Mass vaccination clinics have always been part of our plan, but adequate supply is necessary for larger sites, so it was crucial that we first established local provider sites in all 88 counties to ensure that every citizen in every community has a provider nearby,” said Gov. DeWine. “Now that we have more than 1,250 local vaccine providers and a significant increase in vaccine supply expected at the end of March, this is the right time to finalize and prepare to launch these large-scale regional clinics.”

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