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The Hamilton County CARES Rent and Utility Relief Program

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The Hamilton County CARES Rent and Utility Relief Program

The Hamilton County CARES Rent and Utility Relief Program draws on CARES Act funds to provide short term assistance to Ohioans who live in Hamilton County and can document income loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The County will pay up to $2,500 or three months’ rent and utilities payments for households at or below 80% of the Area Median Income (see AMI chart below). The providers will also work with landlords to ensure that the renters will not be evicted for non-payment.

Ohioans, who are at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level and have fallen behind on rent or mortgage payments, water bills, or sewer payments are encouraged to contact CAA to submit an application for assistance. Funds are available for a limited time and applicants are encouraged to reach out early. All households who are experiencing challenges in paying their past due payments should contact the Community Action Agency at 513-369-1840, option #4 or print and complete the CARES Act Rental and Utility Relief Application and Release of Information Authorization form. Please email your completed application and form to epa@cincy-caa.org.

 

Area Median Income

Number of People in Household 1 2 3 4 5 6
Max Income 80% of Area Median Income $48,350 $55,250 $62,150 $69,050 $74,600 $80,100

To apply, Hamilton County renters can contact:

Community Action Agency – Call (513) 569-1840, select option 4.

Talbert House  or call the 24-hour Housing Hotline at 513-338-8596.

Freestore Foodbank (Click on the COVID-19 Update tab) or call (513) 357-4687 or e-mail Ryan Luckie at rluckie@freestorefoodbank.org.

You may also print and complete the CARES Act Rental and Utility Relief Application and Release of Information Authorization form. Please email your completed application and form to epa@cincy-caa.org.

Residents outside of Hamilton County can find their local Community Action Agency by visiting oacaa.org/agency-directory/.


CDC Authorization [PDF – 58 KB]

[Last Updated 10/9/2020] CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield signed a declaration determining that the evictions of tenants could be detrimental to public health control measures to slow the spread of SARS-Cov-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

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