The state of Ohio will allocate $50 million from the Coronavirus Relief Fund from the CARES Act
to 47 Community Action Agencies to help Ohioans that have experienced economic hardship as
a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Each Community Action Agency will receive a portion of the
funding based on their Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) CARES Act allocation.
Ohioans who are behind on rent, mortgage, and water and/or sewer utility bills may be able to
receive assistance. Assistance can be applied to outstanding rent, mortgage, water, and/or sewer
bills back to April 1, 2020. Ohioans can receive monthly assistance until the program ends on
December 30, 2020.
For utility bills that include more than the water or sewer services, assistance can be provided to
maintain service or prevent shut off only.
The Community Action Agencies will make direct payments on behalf of the applicant to the
landlord, bank, or water and/or sewer company. A household can receive assistance in more than
one category.