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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.
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:
- Car or insurance payments
- Payments for parking or driving violation tickets
- Living and dining room furniture (Exception, furniture is purchased by the family or another entity. We can pay expenses to move the furniture to the family home, or to clean second hand furniture.)
- Washer and dryers (Consideration is given in extreme circumstances. Examples include, but are not limited to: the health of the caregiver or several small children in the home.)
- School tuition
- Driving reinstatement fees
- License plates or tags
- Home and cell phone bills (Exception, basic line if the child has an illness that may require a 911 call…no past due long-distance bills.)
- Beds for adults
- Personal bills such as credit cards
- Child care
- Programming (Wraparound services. Exception given to Service Coordination Team.)
- Rent bills that have been delinquent for more than 2 months
Minimum information needed to apply:
- Verification of child(ren) in the home ages birth to 17. Parent/Guardian must provide birth certificate and social security card. If the child(ren) is a relative, caregiver must provide proof for placement, formal or informal. Informal placement equals a letter from the landlord verifying the child is living in the home.
- Original bill (utilities or bill from landlord). Parent/Guardian must provide most recent bill dated no more than 30 days past at the time of application.
- Proof of residency. Parent/Guardian must provide a lease for rent requests. Utility bills must be in the name of person making the request.
- Proof of employment or school enrollment/attendance. Parent/Guardian should provide pay stub or class schedule.
- Drivers License or State I.D. for all members of family 18 years or older.
Note: Individual Neighborhood Collaboratives or public systems may request additional information.
For more information, please contact the nearest community agency listed below:
4800 Broadway Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44127
(216) 641-7971 Fax
Friendly Inn Settlement House
2386 Unwin Rd.
Cleveland, Ohio 44104
(216) 431-8189 Fax
CMHA Carl B. Stokes - Social Service Mall - D-506
6001 Woodland Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44104
(216) 361-2370 Fax
Cleveland Hts./University Hts.
Center for Families & Children
1941 South Taylor Road
Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118
(216) 320-9533 Fax
Murtis Taylor Outpost
1862 Noble Road
East Cleveland, Ohio 44112
YMCA of Greater Cleveland
Euclid Family Branch
631 Babbitt Rd.
Euclid, Ohio 44123-2025
(216) 731-8331 Fax
Word of Righteousness Family Life Center
13455 Dressler Avenue
Garfield Heights, Ohio 44125
St. Martin DePorres
1264 East 123rd St.
Cleveland, Ohio 44108
(216) 268-0207 Fax
Harvard Community Services Center
18240 Harvard Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44128
(216) 991-3818 Fax
7049 Superior Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44103
(216) 361-2036 Fax
City of Lakewood
Department of Human Services/Youth
12900 Madison Avenue
Lakewood, Ohio 44107
(216) 529-7676 Fax
Murtis Taylor Human Services System
13422 Kinsman Rd.
Cleveland, Ohio 44120
(216) 295-1572 Fax
11212 Snow Rd.
Parma, OH 44130
(440) 887-4059 fax
(Near & Far) West Side Community House
9300 Lorain Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44102
(216) 771-0620 Fax
East End Neighborhood House
2749 Woodhill Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44104
(216) 791-9754 Fax
Resource Specialists and Service Coordination Team members: