Public resources in the time of COVID-19 - full list here; how to donate here
For the community at large:
- Legal Aid will continue to serve clients, while at the same time being responsible and ensuring that they do everything possible to limit the odds of transmitting the virus. While all in-person intake clinics have been suspended temporarily, they continue to accept requests for help online and by phone – read more about their COVID-19 response here. Seek help from Legal Aid at lasclev.org or cal (216) 687-1900.
- Cleveland Pandemic Response (CPR) is a group of organizers and community members who are helping facilitate the exchange of services, donations and volunteer time in Northeast Ohio during the COVID-19 crisis. Residents can request help at cleveland.recovers.org.
- Childcare Request from CPR - click here
- Free child care for essential workers provided by the YMCA of Greater Cleveland - click here
- The Greater Cleveland Food Bank: greaterclevelandfoodbank.org
- Local free meals - click here
- If your employment situation has changed with the COVID-19 outbreak, you may be eligible for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). To apply for benefits, contact your local SNAP office - click here for Cuyahoga County.
- Basic needs items for families from Providence House - click here.
- Comcast to offer free broadband to low-income households amid Coronavirus crisis - click here
- COVID-19 interest-free emergency loans from HFLA of Northeast Ohio - click here
- If your financial situation has changed with the COVID-19 outreach, you may be eligible for Medicaid. Go to the Medicaid Eligibility website to see if you qualify and start the enrollment process.
- Many community health clinics offer free services or sliding fees, depending on your ability to pay. In Cuyahoga County, resources include Care Alliance or Neighborhood Family Practice.
- If you or a member of your family is undocumented, please do not forgo medical help! Learn more about how seeking treatment or preventative care will NOT affect your immigration status by clicking here.
- Check how your bank is responding to the coronavirus crisis - click here
Help for homeless individuals and families, or those at risk of homelessness:
- VA resources for COVID-19 information - click here
- Coronavirus FAQs: What Veterans need to know - click here
- PenFed Foundation for Military Heroes COVID-19 Emergency Financial Relief Program: the financial needs of applicants has exceeded the Foundation's funding capacity of the Foundation, leading to the temporary suspension of the application process. Click here to check back when the process may be resumed or additional resources are listed.
- VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System: click here for information on increased access and visitor restrictions, and conversion of eight outpatient locations to tele-triage only.
- COVID-19 Cleveland Emergency Homeless Response from the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless: neoch.org/covid
- Advice from NEOCH to family members and friends of households who are unstably house: please consider providing TEMPORARY housing to your family member or friend. This will help to reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 for everyone who is in the shelter including the staff. If you have a family member or friend currently in shelter, please reach out to them and offer them temporary housing with you.
- If you are age 18-24 in Cuyahoga County and are housing insecure (without a place to stay, or facing homelessness), A Place 4 Me provides temporary housing referrals, emergency rental assistance, and other services. Contact Christie Sozio at 440-823-7227.
Wills for Veterans
Wills for Veterans is a program of the Northern District of Ohio Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA).
Each year in the late fall, veterans and their families are invited to attend a planned clinic for free legal help addressing their basic estate planning needs: wills, powers of attorney, and directives to physicians. Veterans should contact the VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System beginning in November to book an appointment.
Volunteer attorneys, law students, and other legal professionals are invited to commit to two-hour shifts (10-noon and noon-2 - 2020 clinic date TBD). Volunteer law students and paralegals will take participants through a basic questionnaire before attorneys complete their paperwork via Drafting Libraries Wills software (brief training, laptops, and printers provided). No further legal representation will be required of volunteers.
Wills for Vets is a program of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, with funding support provided by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation and in kind support provided by the Northern District of Ohio Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The CMBF is a 501(c)(3) organization; gifts to it are tax deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.