Ohioans can receive assistance with rent, or utilities from the state of Ohio, via online application or through their local Community Action Agency (CAA). Check if you are eligible and apply at your local CAA. Information on mortgage assistance can be found at the bottom of the page.
When applying for assistance, you should be prepared to provide the following information:
- Names of all household members
- Date(s) of birth
- Social Security Number(s), if applicable
- Current or previous address
- Copies of Social Security cards, or verification for each household member, if applicable
- Proof of income for all household members 18 years or older
- Any supporting documentation to demonstrate need
- Proof of hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Any federal unemployment stipend is excluded from determining a household’s benefit.
To receive Rental Assistance, you will also need to provide:
- Total amount due, including fees
- If moving to a new location, justification for the move (i.e. currently homeless, living with another family and not sufficient space etc.)
- Landlord contact information and lease/rental agreement
To receive Utility Assistance, you will also need to provide:
- Copy of utility bill
Two Ways to Apply:
Contact Your Community Action Agency
Ohio’s Community Action Agencies work with the Ohio Department of Development to provide assistance to Ohioans in need. To apply for mortgage, rent, and/or utility bill assistance including gas, electric, bulk fuel, water/sewer and trash, contact the Community Action Agency that serves your county.
If you've previously applied online for Ohio's Energy Assistance Programs (HEAP and PIPP) please use the same login. If not, register a new account.
Having trouble paying your mortgage? Visit SaveTheDreamOhio.org. Save the Dream Ohio provides assistance to Ohio homeowners facing foreclosure and/or who cannot afford to pay their mortgage payments or other related housing costs as a result of economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is administered by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency.