Safety Net & Support Services
- Utility Assistance (gas, electric, bulk fuels and water)
Through partnerships with the State of Ohio, City of Cleveland, Dominion, the Illuminating Company, Cleveland Public Power (CPP), City of Cleveland,Division of Water and the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, CHN administers large-scale utility assistance programs to low-income families in Cuyahoga County and Northeast Ohio.
Please note: our emergency Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) appointment process has changed effective December 21, 2015. Click here for details.
- Foreclosure Prevention Program
CHN is part of the Cuyahoga County Foreclosure Prevention Coalition, Ohio’s Save the Dream initiative and the Hardest Hit Fund. Open to all Ohio residents, the Foreclosure Prevention program has a 79% success rate in helping at-risk families to avoid foreclosure and stay in their homes. Each year, CHN works with more than 500-1,000 at-risk homeowners.
- Tax Preparation
As a member of the Cuyahoga County EITC Tax Coalition, CHN helps families to avoid costly preparation fees and obtain the Earned Income Tax Credit. Each year, CHN prepares more than 500-1,000 tax returns for low- and moderate-income residents of Cuyahoga County, obtaining an average refund of $2,000 per family.
CHN serves more than 10,000 households annually in safety net and support services to help struggling families in their everyday lives. Qualifying individuals can access the following safety net and support services: