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Community Assistance Program

The Community Assistance Program was developed in 2004 by the Family & Children First Council, the Division of Children and Family Services and the Neighborhood Collaboratives to replace the Family Stability Incentive Program (FSIP). Each Neighborhood Collaborative has a Resource Specialist who provides information and assistance to families who reside in their community. When the families live outside their community, the Resource Specialist can refer the family to the nearest Neighborhood Collaborative for services. These funds are also available to the public systems that participate on the Service Coordination Team.  

Funding for Community Assistance is considered a last-resort resource. Each Neighborhood Collaborative or public system must show that all other available funding has been exhausted prior to the authorization of this funding.  

For more information, please contact your nearest Neighborhood Collaborative or the Family & Children First Council at (216) 698-2875.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for Community Assistance funding:  

System/Neighborhood Collaborative or family must exhaust all other available resources.  

Parent/guardian must be the legal parent/guardian of minor children residing in the home.  

Parent/guardian must be gainfully employed or attending school.  

Community Assistance funding requirements include:  
Family requests are capped at $500.00 per family. Funding levels are subject to change.   

The required parental contribution is half of the total request

All requests are for one time use only.

Please note: Families who have been evicted will be denied if another system is refusing to replace items that they have already purchased.  

Items/needs that we do not fund:

Minimum information needed to apply:

Note: Individual Neighborhood Collaboratives or public systems may request additional information.

For more information, please contact the nearest community agency listed below:

University Settlement
4800 Broadway Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44127
(216) 441-2907
(216) 641-7971 Fax     

Friendly Inn Settlement House
2386 Unwin Rd.
Cleveland, Ohio 44104
(216) 431-7656
(216) 431-8189 Fax

CMHA Carl B. Stokes - Social Service Mall - D-506
6001 Woodland Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44104
(216) 361-2367
(216) 361-2370 Fax 

Cleveland Hts./University Hts.
Center for Families & Children
1941 South Taylor Road
Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118
(216) 320-9520
(216) 320-9533 Fax

East Cleveland
Murtis Taylor Outpost
1862 Noble Road
East Cleveland, Ohio 44112
(216) 681-2141

YMCA of Greater Cleveland
Euclid Family Branch
631 Babbitt Rd.
Euclid, Ohio 44123-2025
(216) 731-7454
(216) 731-8331 Fax

Word of Righteousness Family Life Center
13455 Dressler Avenue
Garfield Heights, Ohio 44125
(216) 365-3336

St. Martin DePorres
1264 East 123rd St.
Cleveland, Ohio 44108
(216) 268-3909
(216) 268-0207 Fax

Harvard Community Services Center
18240 Harvard Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44128
(216) 991-8585
(216) 991-3818 Fax

7049 Superior Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44103
(216) 361-2040
(216) 361-2036 Fax

City of Lakewood
Department of Human Services/Youth
12900 Madison Avenue
Lakewood, Ohio 44107
(216) 529-6108 
(216) 529-7676 Fax

Mt. Pleasant 
Murtis Taylor Human Services System
13422 Kinsman Rd.
Cleveland, Ohio 44120
(216) 283-4400
(216) 295-1572 Fax

11212 Snow Rd.
Parma, OH 44130
(440) 842-7043
(440) 887-4059 fax

West Side
(Near & Far) West Side Community House
9300 Lorain Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44102
(216) 771-7297
(216) 771-0620 Fax 

East End Neighborhood House
2749 Woodhill Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44104
(216) 707-6000
(216) 791-9754 Fax  

Resource Specialists and Service Coordination Team members:

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