Availability: Program hours are site specific.
Fees: There are no fees for this program.
If you live outside of Cuyahoga County and are in need of Emergency Assistance, you can find location-specific services on this page. Or, please call your county office for specific assistance programs in your area (phone numbers located at the footer of this and every page).
The Basic Needs Assistance program provides assistance to prevent homelessness by providing rent and utility assistance (on limited basis) to insure that those unable to afford basic necessities (e.g., clothing, prescription medication, and/or documents verifying personal identity) have access to those items necessary to their overall well-being.
In helping our Church and our Bishop continue the work of Jesus on earth, the purpose of the Emergency Assistance Services Department is to collaborate with others across the Diocese (i.e., religious institutions, public and private agencies) to insure that the basic needs of the most vulnerable in our presence are met. For our purposes, “Basic needs” refers first and foremost to food and shelter. In addition, the Emergency Assistance Department provides funding to assist with basic needs. The department’s target populations are the homeless, the near-homeless, others living in poverty, and the working poor.
This program serves men, women, and children, who are homeless, at risk for homelessness, or otherwise unable to meet basic needs (e.g. working poor, senior citizens on fixed incomes).
Income guidelines: household income is within 200% of poverty guidelines, yet sufficient for ongoing sustainability.