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Help for single moms in Ohio

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If you’re a single mom in Ohio struggling to make ends meet, keep reading for resources that help with: 

We also put together resources specifically for:

Every month, I give out $500 cash to one single mom struggling with money, health, stress, child care, illness or loneliness — no strings attached. 

Qualifications are simple:

1. You're a single mom.

2. You need the money right now.

Fill out this form to apply:

(Note that the figures and information in this post are current as of publication date.)

Many of the programs on this list determine eligibility as a percentage of the federal poverty level (FPL). These are the 2024 federal poverty guidelines:

Number of people in family/householdAnnual income

* For families/households with more than 8 people, add $5,380 for each additional person.

You can also look up your area median income (AMI) here.

Emergency cash for low-income families in Ohio

If you need cash to pay bills, buy gas, feed your family, or for any other reason, these resources can help:

Ohio Works First (OWF)

Ohio Works First (OWF) is Ohio’s version of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, which provides cash benefits for qualifying families for up to 36 months (though extensions may be granted in cases of domestic violence and physical/mental incapacity). 

The program is available to: 

  • Families with children
  • Children living with non-parental guardians 
  • Women who are six months pregnant

The amount paid out varies depending on household income. The average OWF payment in November 2021 was $221 per recipient (the most recent data available).


  • U.S. citizen or a qualified non-citizen
  • Have children under 18 or under 19 if a full-time student
  • Children must be deprived due to:
    • Continued absence from the home from at least one parent
    • Physical/mental incapacity of at least one parent
    • Death of a parent
  • Mother must apply for and accept other benefits such as:
    • Unemployment compensation
    • Workman’s compensation
    • Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI)
    • Child support
  • Children and mother must have social security number
  • Children ages 6 to 17 who have not graduated high school or received equivalent certificate must attend school with satisfactory attendance
  • Preschool children must be immunized
  • Paternity of child must be established at application and when a child is added
  • Adult recipients are required to participate in work activities for at least 30 hours/week
  • Must cooperate with Office of Child Support Services
  • Meet certain income limits — $915/month for a family of three

How to get help:

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Housing help for single moms in Ohio

If you need help finding a place to live or paying your rent/mortgage, these programs can help: 

Rental assistance in Ohio

There are multiple programs in Ohio to help renters find housing and pay their rent:

Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA)’s Emergency Rental Assistance

OHFA established a program to provide financial relief for renters who experienced a loss of income because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Renters can receive assistance for up to six months. 


  • Household income at or below 50% of AMI with priority given to households with income at or below 30% of AMI
  • Must not be able to pay rent and at imminent risk of eviction
  • Rental payments must not exceed 120% of the HUD Fair Market Rent (FMR) for the Continua of Care service area, unless approved by OHFA

How to get help: 


Public Housing and Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8)**

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) offers affordable housing and vouchers to help low-income households pay their rent.


  • Meet income limits specified by HUD-less than 50% of median income for the county in which you live. You can find your county’s income limits on the HUD website.
  • Must be a citizen or eligible immigrant
  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be a resident of the state of Ohio

How to get help: 

  • Contact your local public housing agency and ask how to apply for assistance
  • Preliminary applications are accepted through the DCA Applicant Portal
  • Call 888-858-6085
  • To apply, you will need your social security number, third-party documentation of income, preliminary application form, and signed consent forms

Mortgage assistance in Ohio

This program helps low-income homeowners in Ohio: 

Save The Dream Ohio Program

The Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) launched the Save The Dream Ohio program in April 2022 to assist homeowners whose income was negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Eligible Ohio homeowners may receive mortgage payments for up to six months and can receive up to $25,000 in assistance. 


  • Homeowner in Ohio 
  • Have experienced loss of income from the pandemic
  • Have experienced increased expenses due to the pandemic
  • Earn an income at or below the threshold — $132,850/year for a family of three

How to get help: 


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Homeless and special needs housing assistance in Ohio 

The following programs are designed to help homeless individuals and families and those at risk of homelessness: 

Ohio 811 Rental Assistance Program

This program provides extremely low-income households of one or more adults with disabilities access to subsidized housing and supportive services. This program is not open for public applications. 

The Ohio Department of Medicaid, Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services manage statewide waiting lists for eligible individuals.


  • Household contains one or more adults with a disability
  • Valid State ID or Drivers License
  • Provide birth certificate, social security card or proof of citizenship
  • Most recent Social Security Administration (SSA) award letter for Social Security benefits
  • Six most recent, consecutive pay stubs
  • Copy of unemployment letter or benefits (if applicable)

How to get help:

Learn more about contacting Referral Agents with this link or by emailing [email protected].

SSI/SSDI, Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR) Ohio

SOAR Ohio utilizes the Social Security benefits application process to provide Ohio’s most vulnerable residents with safe housing. SOAR provides specialists and aids on behalf of individuals with disability, severe mental illness, or debilitating medical diagnosis.


Individuals with severe mental illness or disability that inhibits their ability to work, who are: 

  • Homeless
  • At risk of being homeless
  • Recently discharged from prison, nursing home, or other institution

How to get help:

  • Visit the SOAR Ohio website
  • Call the program director at 614-280-1984, ext.137

Single Parents Rock

Single Parents Rock is an Ohio-based nonprofit that helps single parents experiencing hardship due to domestic violence. To date, the organization has helped 50 families and has been operating since 2019. 

The nonprofit offers:

  • Planning for overall safety at home and elsewhere
  • Advocacy in court
  • Transportation to and from court and services to help victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking
  • Rides to safe houses or shelters within a 250-mile radius


  • Single parent living or near Dayton or Englewood, Ohio that needs help after fleeing domestic violence, sexual assault, or human trafficking

How to get help:


Move to PROSPER is a three-year program for low-income single moms in Ohio that empowers them to grow their income, improve the health of their family, and move to areas with good schools and quality housing.

The nonprofit provides three years of rental assistance at two-bedroom apartments in Bexley, Big Walnut, Blacklick, Columbus, Dublin, Gahanna, Grandview, Hilliard, Licking Heights, Lewis Center, New Albany, Olentangy Local, Reynoldsburg, Sunbury, Upper Arlington, Westerville, and Worthington, Ohio.


  • Single female, head of household
  • Mother of up to three children, 13 and under
  • Very low income ($23,000 – $41,900 income limits based on family size)
  • Experiencing housing insecurity and not receiving housing assistance
  • Children eligible for Medicaid
  • Willing to participate in coaching and move to a community with more resources

How to get help:

More housing help: 

Transportation help for low-income families in Ohio 

Ohio offers multiple transportation resources for single moms and low-income families:

Free and low-cost transportation

You may be eligible for these free and low-cost transportation options if you meet the eligibility criteria:

Ride United 

Ride United Transportation Access program provides free rides to help people in need access essential medical services, complete education programs, get to job interviews, and more. Through Ride United Last Mile Delivery program, people in need who don’t have transportation access can have charitable food, essential items, pet food and supplies delivered. 

While Ride United notes that free transportation and deliveries of food and essential items are not available in every community, the organization said that 211 specialists will connect you with the best available services to meet your family’s needs.


  • Must be unable to pay for other transportation  

How to get help:

  • Find your local 211 office here
  • Call 211 

Free Charity Cars 

Free Charity Cars awards free vehicles to selected applicants in all 50 states. The nonprofit charity group has been awarding free vehicles to low-income families since 1996 and has gifted more than 9,000 cars. The charity group notes that they do not have an inventory of vehicles readily available as they award cars as soon as they get them, so there can be long wait periods for those awarded a free car. 


  • Must be a U.S. resident 
  • Must be at least 18 
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • Household income must be below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level
  • Must have a need for a vehicle 
  • Mus sign up for an online account 
  • Must complete an online application for a vehicle
  • Must have the ability to pay for the fees, including the tag, title, emissions, insurance
  • Must agree to take financial responsibility for paying the insurance and upkeep on the vehicle

How to get help:

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Electric bill assistance in Ohio

If you are struggling to pay your utility bills in Ohio, check out the following programs:

Home Energy Assistance (HEAP) in Ohio

HEAP helps eligible households with their home heating and cooling bills through energy bill payment assistance.


  • U.S. Citizen or legally admitted immigrant
  • Resident of Ohio
  • Responsible for paying cost of energy bills
  • Total gross annual household income — for example, less than $40,302.50 for a family of three. 

How to get help:

Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP)

HWAP helps eligible households with projects that improve the energy efficiency of their homes and reduce their energy costs, including:

  • Air and duct sealing
  • Wall, floor, attic insulation
  • Heating, ventilation, air conditioning system improvements
  • Lighting efficiency 
  • Hot water tank insulation
  • Water conservation devices

Home inspections are ordered to determine what services are needed. 


  • Priority is given to Ohio Residents ages 60+
  • Families who have received Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or Home Energy Assistance (HEAP) during the last 12 months are automatically eligible
  • Household income at or below 200% of FPL — $46,060 for a family of three. 

How to get help:

Contact your local HWAP provider

Low-Income Household Water Assistance (LIHWAP) in Ohio

The Ohio Department of Development and The Breathing Association provide financial assistance to eligible Ohioans’ water and wastewater bills. The program will run through March 2024.

The maximum amount for bill payment assistance is up to $750 for water, up to $750 for wastewater/sewage or $1500 for water and wastewater combined.


  • Income 175% or less of FPL
  • Utilities in disconnect status, shut off, or in need of payment

How to get help:

  • Call 614-969-0978 to schedule an appointment
  • Find office locations and hours of operation on the Breathing Association website

Ohio PIPP Plan

The Percentage of Income Payment Plan or PIPP is a program that helps Ohioans pay for energy bills throughout the year based on a percentage of their household income.

Through the plan, you’ll 5% of your gross income for gas heat and 5% for your electric bill. If your entire home is run by electric, you’ll pay 10% of your gross income. The state of Ohio pays for the remainder of your bill and you must make a minimum monthly payment of $10.

If you pay on time and in full for 24 months, any outstanding balance you may have is forgiven. You must verify your income and meet income requirements annually to remain in the program.


  • Resident of Ohio
  • Household income at or below 175% of the FPL for household size
  • Use a utility that is regulated by the Public Utility Commission of Ohio

How to get help:

More electric bill help: 

Free money to help pay bills

Medical insurance and dental help for single moms in Ohio

The following medical and dental services are available to qualifying individuals and families in the state of Ohio:

Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) in Ohio

HRSA, an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, funds health centers that provide free or subsidized health and dental care to low-income people and those otherwise unable to access quality health care, like people living in rural areas.

HRSA also offers a 24/7 free and confidential mental health hotline for pregnant and new moms. Dial 833-943-5746 (833-9-HELP4MOMS) if you are struggling.


Each health center sets its own eligibility criteria for free or reduced cost care. 

How to get help:

Find an HRSA health center in Ohio by typing in your address on HRSA’s search tool.

Ohio Medicaid

Medicaid is a medical assistance program that helps low-income families pay for some or all of their medical bills. 

Ohio requires most individuals who receive Medicaid to join a managed care plan to receive health care. Managed care plans are health insurance companies licensed by the Ohio Department of Insurance that have a provider agreement with the Ohio Department of Medicaid to provide coordinated health care to Medicaid beneficiaries.


  • Resident of Ohio
  • U.S. national citizen, permanent resident, or legal alien
  • Have or get a Social Security number
  • Individuals with low-income
  • Pregnant women, infants, and children
  • Older adults
  • Individuals with disabilities
  • Meet income guidelines — $33,064/year for adults with three people in their household

How to get help:

  • Contact your county’s Medicaid agency via the state directory
  • Call the consumer hotline at 800-324-8680

OhioHealth Charity Care

OhioHealth is a healthcare outreach of the United Methodist Church providing health services in 47 Ohio counties. They serve Ohio residents, even if they are unable to pay through the charity care program.


  • Free care if your household income is less than 200% of the FPL
  • Sliding scale fees offered to households between 200-400% of the FPL
  • Care provided for those who do not meet income guidelines but are experiencing a documented hardship impacting their ability to pay

If you do not qualify for care, OhioHealth also offers interest-free loans for up to 12 months to help you break up the payments and discounts for uninsured individuals who aren't eligible for charity care.

How to get help:

  • Call 614-566-1505

Children with Medical Handicaps (CMH)

The Ohio Department of Health administers the CMH program which provides resources to help parents get treatment for special needs children. The program also aids parents in finding sources of payment for these necessary health services.

CMH has three options for assistance:

  • Diagnostic program: Up to six months of service to establish a diagnosis and treatment plan through a CMH-approved medical provider
  • Treatment program: Up to one year of treatment for an eligible condition such as cerebral palsy, sickle cell disease, or scoliosis
  • Service coordination program: Offers help finding the right health services for your child


  • Residents of Ohio
  • Children between the ages of 0 and 23
  • Under the care of a CMH-approved doctor  

How to get help:


Healthchek is Ohio's Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) Program for babies, children, and young adults under age 21 who are already enrolled in Medicaid.

Healthchek covers 10 check-ups in the first two years of child’s life and annual check-ups thereafter, and provides comprehensive physical examinations including:

  • Medical history
  • Complete unclothed exam (with parent approval)
  • Developmental screening (to assess if child's physical and mental abilities are age appropriate)
  • Vision screening
  • Dental screening
  • Hearing assessment
  • Immunization assessment (making sure child receives them on time)
  • Lead screening


Babies, children and young adults under age 21 who are already enrolled in Medicaid

How to get help:

Healthy Start-Healthy Families

Healthy Start-Healthy Families are programs through the Ohio Department of Medicaid. It helps children, families, and pregnant women get access to free or low-cost dental care medications, doctor visits, hospital care, and vaccinations.


To qualify for Healthy Start, you must be approved for Medicaid or CHIP.

For Medicaid recipients, you must:

  • Be an insured or uninsured person up to age 19 in a household with income that does not exceed 156% of the FPL; or
  • Be pregnant in a family with an income level up to 200% of the FPL

For CHIP recipients, you must:

  • Be an insured or uninsured person up to age 19 in a household with income that does not exceed 206% of the FPL

To qualify for Healthy Families, you must:

  • Have a family with at least one child younger than 19 and an income that does not exceed 90% of the FPL

How to get help:

Breast and Cervical Cancer Project

Federal law allows states to provide full Medicaid coverage to eligible women diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer.


  • Women who have been screened for breast or cervical cancer through Ohio Department of Health
  • Aged 21 to 64 years of age
  • In need of treatment for breast and/or cervical cancer, including precancerous conditions (eligibility will end when the treatment is completed)
  • Uninsured 
  • Ohio residents
  • U.S. citizens or qualified non-citizens (verification of U.S. citizenship or non-citizen status is required)
  • Income under 300% of FPL

How to get help:

Safety Net Dental Clinics 

The Ohio Department of Health offers dental clinics for people on Medicaid that offer sliding-scale fees, reduced fees, or free care to patients who don't have dental insurance or can't afford to pay for dental visits. These clinics provide basic dental care like:  

  • Exams
  • X-rays
  • Fillings
  • Extractions
  • Root canals
  • Dentures


  • Elderly, racial and ethnic minorities, medically compromised, children or those living in remote geographical areas with unmet oral health needs
  • Ohio residents who do not already have a private dentist
  • Enrolled in Medicaid or don’t have adequate dental insurance
  • Unable to afford out-of-pocket care

How to get help: 

Contact your local Safety Net Dental Care provider.

Ohio OPTIONS (Ohio Partnership To Improve Oral health through access to Needed Services)

This state program provides dental care to low income, uninsured families and individuals by assigning patients to volunteer dentists. 


For free dental care, applicants must have no means to afford dental care and must meet ONE of the following criteria: 

  • Over 65 years of age
  • Permanently disabled
  • Need medically necessary dental care

For the discounted dental program, applicants must have severe dental decay and/or infections and:

  • Limited resources to pay for discounted dental services
  • Must fall within 161% to 200% of FPL
  • No access to private or public dental insurance 
  • Provide proof of income

The program is accepting applicants from some, but not all counties

How to get help: 

Call 888-765-6789 or visit the Dental Lifeline Network website.

More medical/dental help: 

Food help for low-income families in Ohio

A number of federal and state food and nutrition programs are available across the state:

The Ohio Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as the Food Stamp program) provides food benefits and nutrition education to low-income households. 

SNAP recipients are issued an EBT card that can be used like an ATM card to purchase food in retail food stores, including:

  • Breads
  • Cereals
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Meats
  • Fish
  • Poultry
  • Dairy
  • Plants and seeds to grow food 


  • Ohio resident
  • Person or persons age 60 and over
  • Person with a disability (child, spouse, parent, yourself)
  • Household’s income is at 130% of FPL

How to get help: 

  • Apply online at the Ohio Benefits website
  • Once your application is filed, a DFCS case manager will interview you
  • Contact your county agency by calling 1-866-635-3748

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) 

Federal program that helps low-income Ohioans supplement their diet by providing emergency nutrition at no cost through local food banks and soup kitchens.


Household income is below 200% of the FPL.

How to get help: 

Find your local food bank with this map.

Ohio’s Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

Ohio WIC helps eligible pregnant and breastfeeding women, women who recently had a baby, infants, and children up to 5 years of age by providing services such as:

  • Free infant formula 
  • Highly nutritious foods
  • Nutrition education
  • Breastfeeding education and support


  • Low-income, pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, for up to one year postpartum
  • Women up to six months postpartum who are not breastfeeding
  • Infants and children under 5 years old, including foster children
  • Low-income sole provider parents of children under age of 5 who are at nutritional risk and who are below 185% of FPL
  • If you are currently receiving Medicaid, Temporary Assistance, or Food Assistance help, you are also eligible for WIC

How to get help:

National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP)

NSLP serves healthy, well-balanced, reduced-price or free meals to children in school. An extension of the NSLP, the School Breakfast Program provides free or low-cost breakfast to eligible students. 


Household income must fall at or below the limits of the federal income eligibility guidelines — $45,991 for a family of three. 

How to get help: 

Contact your child’s school to enroll.

More food help: 

Child care help for low-income families in Ohio

There are multiple federally funded education programs and resources in Ohio:

Ohio Head Start and Early Head Start

Head Start is a free federal preschool program for children aged 3 to 5 from low-income families. Early Head Start serves pregnant women and children under age 3. The programs focus on cognitive, social, and emotional development and prepare children for school. 


  • Children from birth to 5 
  • Meet federal poverty guidelines 
  • Children in foster care, homeless children, and children from families receiving public assistance (TANF, SSI, etc.) are eligible regardless of income
  • Some programs accept kids with incomes above the Poverty Guidelines
  • Pregnant women can also receive prenatal and postpartum information, education, and services through Early Head Start

How to apply: 

Ohio BOLD Beginning! Childcare

Ohio’s BOLD Beginning Program provides resources and support to families and mothers to improve the lives of their children. Services include:

  • Prenatal care and programming
  • Parenting education and mentoring, 
  • Education and employment supports
  • Childcare


Households must have incomes at or below 150% of the FPL.

How to get help: 

Ohio Child Care Assistance

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) provides financial assistance for child care to eligible parents. Depending on your household size and income, you may be required to pay a portion of your child care costs.


  • Child has U.S. citizenship 
  • Ohio resident who is working, in school, in job training, or homeless
  • Recipient of Ohio Works First
  • Required by a case services plan to have protective childcare
  • Your household income is 142% or less than the FPL or your family has a special needs child and your income is at or below 150% of the FPL

How to get help:

More child care help

Education help for single moms in Ohio

If you’re a single mom who wants to further her education, here are some helpful resources: 

Get a GED in Ohio

If you are at least 18 years old in Ohio, you can take the GED test. You may also be able to take the test at 16 or 17 with special permission from the school district where you live. 

The GED test is broken into four exams on different subjects, which can be spaced out and taken at your own pace (though each individual exam has a time limit): 

  • Mathematical reasoning: 115 minutes
  • Reasoning through language arts: 150 minutes
  • Social studies: 70 minutes
  • Science: 90 minutes

You have two options for taking the test in Ohio: 

  • Online at-home test: $36 per module
  • In-person exams at a test center: $30 per module

Grants and scholarships in Ohio

The following educational grants and scholarships are available to single moms in Ohio: 

Student Loan Forgiveness Programs

While Ohio offers limited student loan forgiveness programs, residents can still qualify for federal programs.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Ohio

FAFSA connects current and future college students with financial assistance to afford higher education. Federal and state grants are dependent upon individual income and determined by a college or university’s financial aid department. More information can be found on the OASFAA website.

Employment help for single moms in Ohio

Workforce programs in Ohio provide training and assist with employment:

OhioMeansJobs Centers

OhioMeansJobs helps Ohio residents with job search assistance, employee recruitment, job training, and more. Check out this directory of county centers.

Job Search Assistance at Ohio Public Libraries

Ohio is the first state in the nation to partner its job searching resources with its public library system. Library computers are equipped for, librarians are trained on the website’s interface, and local job listings are posted in the library. Find your local library with this directory.

American Job Centers

The American Job Centers offer employment and training services, career counseling, and job search assistance. 

How to get help: 

More employment help: 

Charity organizations in Ohio

There are a number of charitable organizations throughout Ohio that offer support to single moms:

The Salvation Army of Ohio

The Salvation Army wears many hats. Chapters assist with:

  • Food, shelter and clothing
  • Medication costs
  • Education and job training
  • Christmas presents
  • Rent and utility bills
  • Substance abuse rehabilitation
  • Youth services
  • Emergency disaster response


Each Salvation Army branch determines its own eligibility criteria for different programs.

How to get help: 

Find your branch of the Ohio Salvation Army

Catholic Charities of Ohio

Catholic Charities assists with:

  • Housing
  • Utility assistance
  • Food assistance
  • Health care assistance

There are seven chapters across Ohio: 

  • Catholic Charities Diocese of Cleveland, Cleveland, OH 44102
  • Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo, Toledo, OH 43604
  • Catholic Charities Diocese of Youngstown, Youngstown, OH 44503
  • Catholic Charities Diocese of Southeastern Ohio, Steubenville, OH 43952
  • Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio, Cincinnati, OH 45237
  • Catholic Social Services Columbus, Columbus, OH 43215
  • Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley, Dayton, OH 45402


Each Catholic Charities branch determines its own eligibility criteria for different programs. 

How to get help: 


Motherful is a community of single moms who support each other in every aspect of motherhood. The nonprofit organization, based in Gahanna, Ohio offers help to single moms in the state through clothing swaps, a food pantry, a community garden to grow food, game nights, hot dinner nights, advocacy, and more.

There is a waiting list to be accepted for membership, but non-members who are single mothers can visit the Motherful Pantry and Resource Center on Sundays from 10am-12pm at 254 Agler Road in Gahanna, Ohio.


  • Open to single mothers in Ohio 

How to get help:

United Way of Ohio

The United Way of Ohio connects people in need with local resources like: 

  • Food
  • Shelter
  • Child care services
  • Housing
  • Health care
  • Support groups

How to get help: 

Help for single moms in Cleveland, Ohio

The following resources serve residents of Cleveland, Ohio: 

Emergency assistance in Cleveland

If you need emergency cash for expenses like utilities, rent, and groceries, here are some helpful resources to consider in the Cleveland area:

Prevention, Retention, and Contingency Program

Cuyahoga County’s Prevention, Retention, and Contingency (PRC) Program provides emergency cash assistance to Cleveland residents experiencing a one-time, short-term crisis. Eligible families can receive a maximum of $1,500 per year.


  • Must be a U.S. citizen or qualified noncitizen 
  • Must live with at least one child, be pregnant, or be the non-custodial parent of a child
  • Family’s income must be below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level
  • Must have limited liquid assets 

Families applying for the PRC program must also meet one of the following categories:

  • Seeking assistance while job searching or currently studying at an accredited post-secondary education program 
  • In need of housing cost assistance, such as rent, security deposits and utility bills
  • Lead poisoning found in the family’s home
  • Recently obtained custody of a child or are participating in a domestic violence or homeless program 
  • Affected by a natural disaster

How to get help:

Housing help in Cleveland

If you need housing help in Cleveland, here are some options:

Housing First 

The Housing First program provides stable housing units to help end homelessness in Cuyahoga County. The program allows people who are experiencing or facing homelessness to move into permanent housing where residents are connected with the services they need. Participation in these on-site programs is encouraged, but not required.


  • Homeless or facing homelessness 

How to get help:

  • Call 216-881-5554 
  • Visit the Office of Homeless Services at 310 West Lakeside Avenue Cleveland, OH 44113

YWCA Greater Cleveland 

The YWCA Greater Cleveland helps families experiencing homelessness find a place to stay by operating shelters and private apartments for those in need, including: 

  • Cogswell Hall offers permanent housing as private, fully furnished apartments for 41 adult residents
  • Independence Place offers permanent housing as 23 apartments for young adults experiencing homelessness
  • Norma Herr Women’s Center is an emergency shelter for women ages 18-80


  • Homeless
  • At risk of becoming homeless

How to get help: 

  • Call  216-881-6878

A Place 4 Me

A Place 4 Me in Cleveland offers one-time emergency assistance to people aged 18-24 who are experiencing a housing crisis and facing possible homelessness. 


  • Homeless
  • At risk of becoming homeless

How to get help: 

Medical and dental care help in Cleveland

If you are looking for help with medical or dental care in Cleveland, check out these resources:

The Centers 

The Centers, also known as the Free Clinic, offers various medical services from physicals to counseling. The Centers notes that it never turns patients away regardless of ability to pay. The cost of services varies based on a flexible sliding fee scale.

The Centers has multiple health and wellness locations throughout the Cleveland area, including: 

  • East Office at 4400 Euclid Avenue in Cleveland 
  • Southwest Office at 5955 Ridge Road in Parma 
  • West Office at 3929 Rocky River Drive in Cleveland
  • Gordon Square Office at 5209 Detroit Avenue in Cleveland 
  • Uptown Office at 12201 Euclid Avenue in Cleveland


  • Any Cleveland resident may use these services

How to get help:

  • Call  216-325-9355
  • Visit one of the health and wellness locations 
  • Fill out the online form 

Care Alliance Health Center 

Care Alliance Health Center offers medical, dental, and behavioral health care services at three clinics in Cleveland. Patients will not be turned away regardless of their ability to pay and the cost of services are based on a sliding fee scale that is determined by income and family size. Medical visits can cost as little as $4 and dental visits $20. 


  • This health resource is open to all Cleveland residents

How to get help:


Medworks offers free medical and dental services to those in need and holds between eight and ten clinics throughout Northeast Ohio every year. For those who need low-cost or free medical services and cannot wait until the next free clinic, call to schedule an appointment. 


  • This resource is available to Northeast Ohio residents who need care

How to get help:

Food assistance in Cleveland

Here is a food resource local to Cleveland, Ohio:

Greater Cleveland Food Bank 

The Greater Cleveland Food Bank (GCFB) works with more than 200 local food pantries to help people with emergency food assistance. The GCFB and its partners can provide eligible families with at least three days’ worth of food, once a month.


How to get help:

  • Call  216-738-2067
  • Find free food near you

Education help in Cleveland

Here are some education resources in Cleveland:

Cleveland Public Library 

The Cleveland Public Library partners with Cleveland State University and Case Western Reserve University to offer free tutoring for children in kindergarten through 12th grade. Tutoring and homework help are available for all subjects, including math, science, history and  language arts. One-hour tutoring and homework sessions are available Monday through Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. Online tutoring is also available. 

How to get help:

College Now Greater Cleveland 

College Now offers two types of scholarships to people who meet eligibility requirements in the Cleveland area. College Now staff matches students to all the scholarships for which they could qualify. Students can only receive one College Now scholarship. The types of scholarships offered: 

  • Traditional scholarships are for high school students enrolling in college for the first time
  • Adult Learner Program scholarships are for students age 19 and older who have discontinued their studies for more than one year and are interested in pursuing a first associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree or trade certificate 

Award amounts for each scholarship vary based on eligibility but are usually between 1,000 to $2,000 per academic year.

Qualifications for the traditional scholarships:

  • Attend a College Now-served high school
  • Have a recommendation from a College Now advisor
  • Have a cumulative weighted Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.5
  • Have a minimum ACT composite score of 18 or a combined verbal and math SAT score of 960
  • File the 2023-2024 FAFSA
  • Qualify for the Federal Pell Grant

Qualifications for the Adult Learner Program scholarships:

  • Individuals who have already completed a bachelor's degree are not eligible
  • Age 19 or older as of March 30th, 2024 
  • Must have graduated from high school or have earned a G.E.D.
  • Must have paused their education for at least two semesters since high school graduation or during college
  • Qualify or show eligibility for the Federal Pell Grant 
  • Must be attending school in and a resident of one of the following counties: Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, or Wayne County. 
  • Pursuing a non-degree certificate or license in a vocational or technical program that is 3 months to 2 years in length, an associate's degree or first bachelor's degree
  • Must be attending a public or private not-for-profit Pell-eligible college or university.
  • Enroll at least six or more credit hours per term 
  • Must maintain the minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA while receiving the scholarship
  • Special consideration will be given to applicants who have completed at least 25 credit hours

How to get help:

Employment help in Cleveland

Check out these employment resources in Cleveland:

Cleveland Job Corps offers free education and training for multiple career paths for young adults ages 16 to 24. Program participants receive a bi-weekly stipend and a transition allowance after graduation along with career placement help. The program offers residential options where students can live on campus as well as nonresidential options.

As a student, your child will receive:

  • Free housing
  • Free meals
  • Free medical care
  • Living allowance
  • Free books and supplies
  • Free uniforms and safety equipment


  • U.S. citizen or lawful resident
  • Aged 16-24
  • Must have proof of a low income such as SNAP or free/reduced-price lunch
  • Proof of barriers to education and employment such as dropping out of high school, homelessness, trafficking, or aging out of foster care

How to get help:

  • Call 800-733-5627
  • Apply online

The Cleveland Neighborhood Workforce Initiative 

If you need help finding employment resources, The Cleveland Neighborhood Workforce Initiative offers services for young adults who are looking for a job, searching for scholarships or seeking credentialed training. The program also helps people who are job hunting connect with employers that have job openings. The initiative also offers special support and connections for people with a criminal background. 


  • U.S. citizen or lawful resident
  • Aged 16-24
  • Must have proof of a low income such as SNAP or free/reduced-price lunch
  • Proof of barriers to education and employment such as dropping out of high school, homelessness, trafficking, or aging out of foster care

How to get help:

Charity organizations in Cleveland 

There are a number of charitable organizations throughout the Cleveland area that offer support to single moms:

Zelie’s Home

Zelie’s Home welcomes pregnant women who are in need of support and a stable place to live. Two homes located in the Greater Cleveland area; one on the west side and the other on the east side, offer housing to pregnant women at any point in their pregnancy. Women can stay up to 9 months post-pregnancy. 


  • Pregnant 
  • At least 18 years of age 
  • Free from drugs and alcohol for at least 30 days
  • Free from immediate physical danger 
  • Free from Severe Mental Health diagnoses
  • No other children in your immediate care (case by case)
  • Must bring ID and proof of pregnancy to the intake meeting 

How to get help: 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland (BGCC) provides after-school, summer and weekend programs for kids in need. There are more than 10 locations in the Cleveland area. For only $10 a year, kids receive homework help, a daily hot meal, and access to a variety of programs.

These programs include:

  • Athletics, such as basketball, volleyball, flag football, and cheerleading
  • Band
  • Ballet
  • Creative writing
  • Graphic design
  • Torch & Keystone Leadership Clubs
  • Career readiness


  • Children between the ages of 6 and 18 can become members

How to get help: 

The City Mission: Laura’s Home

Laura’s Home offers women and children a place to stay, food and clothing. Availability varies at the home, which has roughly 160 beds and 61 rooms. A caseworker will complete an assessment of each person’s situations and needs, and assist in matching them with the care and resources available. Laura’s Home offers short-term emergency housing or stays for a year. Families interested in living at Laura’s Home need to reserve a spot on the waitlist. 


  • Single mothers or a single woman in need of need housing

How to get help: 

Help for single moms in Columbus, Ohio

The following resources serve residents of Columbus, Ohio: 

Emergency assistance in Columbus

If you need emergency cash for expenses like utilities, rent, and groceries, here are some helpful resources to consider in the Columbus area:

Prevention, Retention, and Contingency Program

Franklin County’s Prevention, Retention, and Contingency (PRC) Program provides emergency cash help to Columbus residents experiencing a one-time crisis. Eligible families can receive a maximum of $2,500. The funds may be used towards expenses including:

  • Overdue rent or mortgage payments
  • Overdue utility bills 
  • Auto repairs and maintenance for work transportation
  • Driver license reinstatement fees
  • Bus passes for purposes of work, education, or job training (limited to four months)


  • Must be a US citizen or qualified nonresident 
  • Must live with at least one child, be pregnant, or be the non-custodial parent of a child
  • Family’s income must be at or below 175% of the FPL
  • Must have limited liquid assets 

How to get help:

Housing help in Columbus

If you need housing help in Columbus, here are some options:


IMPACT provides emergency financial assistance to help families avoid homelessness and find stable housing in Columbus and Franklin County. This program is for people who have past due rent or who owe the first month’s rent due for a new home. The amount of assistance awarded varies per situation but the average amount given is usually around $3,000. As of January 2024, IMPACT was not accepting applications and only taking eviction court referrals for the program.  


  • Must be renting 
  • Must be referred to the program through an eviction court hearing 
  • Someone in your household must be at risk for housing instability or homelessness
  • Households or individuals who have qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship during or due to the coronavirus pandemic
  • Must schedule an appointment in advance 

How to get help:

Home for Families 

Home for Families helps homeless families and children find stable housing by assisting those who are referred to their program. Families who are accepted into the program will work with a case manager to find housing that fits their families' needs. Once families move into their new homes, case managers help create individualized stability plans. Home for Families offers housing assistance through these programs:

  • Rapid Re-housing, which helps homeless families that are living in shelters move into stable housing 
  • Homeless Prevention for Expectant Mothers, which provides housing as well as supportive services for pregnant women


  • Homeless
  • At risk of becoming homeless
  • Have a referral from a local shelter or Housing Resource Specialist
  • Pregnant or have children 

How to get help: 

  • Call  614-461-9247

Community Development for All People

Community Development for All People provides rent assistance to qualifying Franklin County residents. The amount of cash awarded varies based on eligibility and need. The program also offers free food, clothing and household items. 


  • Applicants must make in-person appointments for an eligibility screening 
  • Households must earn less than 50% AMI 

How to get help: 

  • Call  614-445-7342 ext. 131 

Central Community House’s Strong Families Program 

The Strong Families Program helps households experiencing a crisis by offering emergency housing. The Strong Families Programs can also help with a variety of services, including utilities, health care, skills training, employment assistance, financial education training and food nutrition programs. 


  • Applicants must make an appointment for an eligibility screening 
  • Households must earn less than 50% AMI 

How to get help: 

Medical and dental care help in Columbus

If you are looking for help with medical or dental care in Columbus, check out these resources:

Physician's Free Clinic

The Physician's Free Clinic offers primary, specialty and vision care by appointment only on Monday nights from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Columbus Public Health Department. The clinic also provides dental care to people without dental insurance coverage. The dental clinic is held on the first and third Monday of the month. The clinic does not offer work or school physicals, TB tests or immunizations.

For pregnant women, the clinic offers a StepOne program to help expecting mothers find affordable prenatal care and resources. 


  • Patients must be 18 or older

How to get help:

  • Call 614-884-2441
  • For StepOne:
    • Call 614-271-0009

Columbus Free Clinic 

The Columbus Free Clinic (CFC) offers both long-term and urgent care services, including primary care, pharmacy, lab and imaging, behavioral health and specialty clinics. For those who have more complex medical needs or require long-term care, the CFC also has a Longitudinal Patient Program. This program allows patients to get regular visits and follow-up appointments with a 4th-year medical student. 

The CFC is open Thursdays from 5:45 p.m. to 10 p.m. by appointment only. 

The CFC does not treat people under the age of 17 and does not offer these services: 

  • See new COVID patients
  • Do an IUD / Nexplanon placement or removal
  • Provide obstetric or prenatal care
  • Provide STI screening for patients without symptoms
  • Test for TB
  • Provide dental care
  • Provide vision care
  • Prescribe controlled substances


  • Patients must be 18 or older

How to get help:

Helping Hands Health and Wellness Center

The Health and Wellness Center offers numerous healthcare services for adults.  The Free Care Program is available on Tuesdays between 8 and 9 a.m. and Thursdays between 3 and 4:30 p.m. The Free Care Program is walk-in only and upcoming dates are listed on the homepage calendar. The Free Care Program does not offer immunizations or dental care. 


  • 18 and older
  • Uninsured or underinsured
  • Income at or below 400% of the FPL

How to get help:

Nationwide Children's Hospital 

Nationwide Children's Hospital (NCH) in Columbus offers various programs to help with the cost of medical care for pregnant women and families with children under age 19. Applicants seeking assistance must use all other resources, including application to the local Department of Job and Family Services before financial assistance will be considered. 

Programs include:

  • Alien Emergency Medical Assistance
  • Children with Medical Handicaps
  • Healthy Start and Healthy Families
  • Hospital Care Assurance Program
  • Medicaid for the Disabled and Aged
  • NCH Financial Assistance Program


How to get help:

  • Call 614-722-2000

Food assistance in Columbus

Here is a food resource local to Columbus, Ohio:

Neighborhood Services, Inc. Food Pantry 

Neighborhood Services, Inc. Food Pantry (NSI) offers food, drinks and personal hygiene products to Franklin County residents in need. The food pantry is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and people can visit the pantry twice per month. No appointment is necessary. 


  • Must be a Franklin County resident and bring a form of identification 

How to get help:

  • Visit the NSI Food Pantry at 1950 N 4th Street in Columbus
  • Fill out the online form 

The All People's Fresh Market

The All People's Fresh Market partners with Mid-Ohio Food Collective to distribute free food with a focus on fresh produce. The market is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Households can receive food once per day during market hours. 


  • Households must earn less than 200% of the FPL 
  • Must have an ID
    • For those who need help obtaining an ID, learn more about the ID for All People program 

How to get help:

  • Visit the All People’s Fresh Market at 945 Parsons Avenue in Columbus
  • Call 614-445-7342

Education help in Columbus

Here are some education resources in Columbus:

Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML)

CML has 23 locations throughout Franklin County that provide free online resources, specialized programs, and community events. Education programs and services available include: 

  • The School Help program offers assistance for kindergarten through 12th grade where students can get after-school homework help. Children in kindergarten through third grade can get extra reading practice in person or online. Some CML locations offer after-school snacks. 
  • The Kindergarten Readiness program, for newborns to children age 5, offers storytime events and classes to help prepare young children for school.
  • CML offers numerous teen programs such as YouMedia Discord for ages 13 to 17 where participants work on music, podcasts, videos, and more with skilled mentors. Teen students can also get help with homework and preparing for tests.  
  • The library system has numerous adult education programs, such as English as a Second Language, GED referrals, and free technology business and coding classes. 

How to get help:

Columbus Literacy Council 

The Columbus Literacy Council (CLC) offers numerous free adult programs, including educational programs and classes, citizenship and GED test preparation. CLC also provides career coaching and skill building, life and wellness coaching, American Sign Language classes, and Spanish classes. 

For children, CLC offers tutoring and homework help, summer camps for children, internships, and an employment program called Achieve More and Prosper (AMP) that provides job skills and work experience to youth and young adults between the ages of 16 to 18 in Franklin County.

How to get help:

The Columbus Promise Scholarship

The Columbus Promise Scholarship covers tuition and fees to Columbus State Community College after the Pell Grant and any tuition-based scholarship.  Scholarship recipients are also given an additional $500 per semester for other educational expenses, for up to six semesters. Columbus Promise scholars also receive advice and support to develop skills and habits that lead to success beyond college. 


  • Must graduate from Columbus City Schools high school in the 2024-2025 academic year
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit all additional documents required by the financial aid process
  • Apply to Columbus State Community College

How to get help:

Employment help in Columbus

Check out these employment resources in Columbus:

Columbus Works 

Columbus Works’ JumpStart program is a free, five-day workshop that helps people who are searching for jobs build skills to stand out. The job readiness program offers resume building, one-on-one mock interviews and life coaching. 


  • U.S. citizen or lawful resident
  • Aged 16 to 24
  • Must have proof of a low income such as SNAP or free/reduced-price lunch
  • Proof of barriers to education and employment such as dropping out of high school, homelessness, trafficking, or aging out of foster care

How to get help:

OhioMeansJobs Columbus-Franklin County

The OhioMeansJobs Columbus-Franklin County (OMJCFC) provides free, individualized services to people who are job hunting. OMJCFC also has a free Resource Lab with 15 computers, printers, scanners and a fax machine. The lab is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Appointments are encouraged.


  • Any Columbus resident is welcome to use this service

How to get help:

Charity organizations in Columbus

There are a number of charitable organizations throughout the Columbus area that offer support to single moms:

Center of Hope 

Center of Hope offers both free food and clothing items through its Choice Food Pantry and Clothing Boutique. 

The Choice Food Pantry is open Tuesday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. by appointment only. People can receive food once per month, including fresh produce, dairy and frozen meat. 

The Clothing Boutique provides clean, gently-used, seasonal clothing and shoes to help those in need. Sizes are available for infants through adults. Appointments to shop in our Clothing Boutique are available with a Choice Food Pantry appointment. 


  • Any Columbus resident in need may use these services but appointments are required

How to get help: 

Franklin County RISE: Action for Children

Action for Children offers child care scholarships of up to $9,000 each for children ages birth to kindergarten attending a licensed Franklin County child care program. Scholarships are available for families, including foster families, who are not currently receiving Publicly Funded Child Care and meet income eligibility requirements. 


  • Household income of 145% – 300% of the FPL 

How to get help: 

Help for single moms in Cincinnati, Ohio

The following resources serve residents of Cincinnati, Ohio: 

Housing help in Cincinnati

If you need housing help in Cincinnati, here are some options:

Hamilton County Mortgage Relief Program

Hamilton County Mortgage Relief Program provides assistance for up to six months for homeowners. The funds awarded can be used for several housing expenses including past-due mortgages, property taxes and utility bills. Hamilton County homeowners must have established connections to the residence. Second homes, rental properties, and vacation rentals are not eligible for assistance.


  • Must own the home
  • Must be the applicant’s primary residence 
  • Must have a household income under 300% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL)

How to get help:

Community Action Agency Home Relief Program

Community Action Agency (CAA) offers an Emergency Rental Assistance grant, to households that have a disconnect notice, court date, or a notice to leave their property. The amount awarded depends on the household’s situation. 


  • Household income of 80% AMI 
  • Direct or indirect COVID-19 hardship
  • One or more individuals at risk of homelessness or housing instability
  • Qualified for unemployment 2020/21 or reduction in household income

How to get help:

Strategies to End Homelessness 

Strategies to End Homelessness offers support and services to families experiencing housing insecurity. 


  • Must be homeless or at risk of becoming homeless 

How to get help:

Medical and dental care help in Cincinnati

If you are looking for help with medical or dental care in Cincinnati, check out these resources:

University of Cincinnati Student-Run Free Clinic

The University of Cincinnati Student-Run Free Clinic (SRFC) provides free medical services for adults who do not have health insurance. Patients at the clinic are cared for by medical students overseen by a licensed physician. The clinic does not treat emergencies, care for long-term conditions or offer prenatal services.  SRFC is open on Saturdays from 9 to 11 .a.m. on a walk-in, first-serve basis. 


  • Must 18 or older
  • Uninsured
  • Require care for a short-term, basic medical issue such as a rash

How to get help:

  • Call 513-558-7333
  • The clinic is located at 1345 Century Circle West in Cincinnati

Good Samaritan Free Health Center 

The Good Samaritan Free Health Center offers eligible adults numerous medical services at no cost including primary care, specialties, eye exams, dental care and behavioral healthcare. A full list of all the available services can be found online.


  • Hamilton County resident 
  • Cannot have private insurance
  • No insurance available through the patient's employer
  • Must be ineligible for Medicaid or Medicare
  • Must have an income less than 200% of the FPL
  • Must be 18 or older 
  • Cannot be pregnant 

Those interested in medical services must come into the center between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.Monday through Friday, to fill out a new patient application. Patients must also bring proof of residency. 

How to get help:

  • Call 513-569-1900

The HeathCare Connection 

The HealthCare Connection (THCC) provides discounted primary healthcare services to adults and children, focusing on the medically underserved, underinsured and uninsured who live in northern Hamilton County and surrounding areas. In addition to medical services, THCC also offers dental care, including exams and cleanings, preventative care and fillings. 

THCC offers OBGYN services, including prenatal, delivery, postpartum care, minor surgeries and procedures, family planning, and ultrasounds. 


  • To receive discounted services, all patients must file an agreement for discounted services and bring that form along with proof of income, which includes:
    • At least 2 pay stubs from anyone working in the household
    • W2
    • Previous year's tax documents
    • Notarized letters stating income from all sources
    • Notarized documents from anyone providing support such as employers, or family members

How to get help:

  • Call 513-588-3623
  • The clinic is located at 1401 Steffen Avenue in Cincinnati

Food assistance in Cincinnati

Here is a food resource local to Cincinnati, Ohio:

Freestore Foodbank’s Liberty Street Market 

Liberty Street Market offers free food to those in need and allows shoppers to choose from available items, similar to a regular grocery store. The market opens at 8 a.m. Monday through Friday and shoppers can visit the market twice per month. 

Freestore Foodbank also provides dozens of dates, times and locations for food distribution events in the Cincinnati area. You can view the current and upcoming month’s events online.


  • Must bring a form of ID 

How to get help:

  • Call 513-241-1064
  • Visit the market at 112 E. Liberty Street in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood

Education help in Cincinnati

Here are some education resources in Cincinnati:

Cincinnati Public Library (CPL)

CPL provides free in-person and online resources, specialized programs, and community events to Hamilton County residents. Each library branch offers different times for in-person service and classes, which can be found online. Education programs and services available include: 

  • One-on-one homework help with reading and math for students in grades K-8 
  • Students of any age can get live online homework help, skills building, writing assistance, test prep help, FAFSA application help, and more from expert tutors on Homework HelpNow

How to get help:

  • Call 513-369-6900

Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation

The Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation awards multiple scholarships, each with its own qualifications. Only one application is needed to be considered for all of them.


  • Must reside in the Greater Cincinnati area
  • Must be pursuing an undergraduate degree, post-baccalaureate degree or trade certification through an accredited program 
  • Must submit a 500-word essay in addition to the application and required documents 

How to get help:

Employment help in Cincinnati

Check out these employment resources in Cincinnati:

Cincinnati Works 

Cincinnati Works offers programs and services that help people searching for jobs build the necessary skills to stand out. In addition to one-on-one coaching, Cincinnati Works provides employment connections, transportation assistance, behavioral health counseling, tax prep, debt management and legal coordination. 


  • This resource is available to any Cincinnati resident

How to get help:

Hamilton County Youth Employment Program

The Hamilton County Youth Employment Program offers jobs and year-round employment readiness training for Hamilton County residents ages 14 to 21. 

Those in the program can:

  • Earn $13 per hour
  • Earn incentives/bonuses
  • Get help creating a resume
  • Gain credentials and skills to improve their resume
  • Receive transportation and ID assistance
  • Access to training opportunities to prepare for a career 


  • Must be aged 14 to 21
  • Must be a Hamilton County resident 
  • Household income at 200% of the federal poverty level and/or have a barrier to employment 

How to get help:

Charity organizations in Cincinnati 

There are a number of charitable organizations throughout the Cincinnati area that offer support to single moms:

St. Vincent de Paul 

St. Vincent de Paul offers numerous services to people in need, including free food, clothing, furniture, rent and utilities. 

Other services or items provided include:

  • Ohio State ID vouchers (limit of 2 per household) 
  • Diapers and feminine hygiene products (limit of 50 diapers per month) 
  • Bus passes to and from work for newly employed people 

St. Vincent de Paul provides services to people in Greater Cincinnati and has numerous locations in the area where assistance is offered. 


  • Any Cincinnati resident in need is welcome to request these services

How to get help: 

Santa Maria Community Services 

Santa Maria is a nonprofit organization in Cincinnati Ohio’s Price Hill community. Santa Maria offers numerous services to people in need, such as food and clothing assistance, education and employment resources and more. Santa Maria also holds regular free health fairs in Price Hill. 

The nonprofit helps families build self-sufficiency through the following programs and services:

  • Early Childhood Development programs help prepare children for preschool and kindergarten, offer resources for parents, and provide support such as free diapers, wipes, car seats and other necessities 
  • Education Advancement programs provide help preparing for the GED and help cover the cost of test registration fees as well as tutoring for various subjects and English classes for speakers of other languages
  • Employment Assistance programs offer job seekers coaching, interview training, resume and job application tips and access to a clothing closet 
  • Financial Stability programs offer tools to help households achieve financial stability, including education, assistance with public benefits eligibility and applications, housing/tenant stabilization and credit building and repair 
  • Health and wellness programs provide health education, medication referrals, mental health support, and eye and hearing exams
  • Stable Families initiative helps families on the brink of homelessness find resources to work toward stabilization to help prevent future crises
  • Youth Development programs offer social-emotional and life skills development, tutoring, family support and more


  • Each program has its own requirements, call or email for details

How to get help: 

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