Public resources in the time of COVID-19 - full list here; how to donate here

For the community at large:
  • 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.
  • 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 
Special resources for families with students in the Cleveland and East Cleveland schools:
  • Student meals & emergency food during COVID-19 searchable online via this map for student meals & emergency food during COVID-19
  • Northeast Ohio Boys & Girls Clubs are offering meals for kids: clevekids.org/ways-to-give
Help for homeless individuals and families, or those at risk of homelessness:
  • 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.
For veterans:
  • 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.

Cleveland Homeless Legal Assistance Program

The Cleveland Homeless Legal Assistance Program (CHLAP) is a program of the CMBA.  It works with the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless (NEOCH) and focuses on the legal issues that are of concern to those in Cleveland who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless.  The program offers an important service to the individuals in need by providing access to justice through brief advice and counseling clinics at regularly scheduled times in shelters and social service sites where they reside or gather for meals and other service.  

CHLAP aims to provide pro bono legal assistance to homeless and at-risk individuals. Volunteers provide a variety of services, including shelter site intake interviews, brief advice, and information service, and direct representation in matters requiring further assistance. Volunteers help individuals with civil legal issues, including driver's license reinstatement, credit problems, criminal record expungement, landlord-tenant problems, public benefits, and family law. Training, resources, and mentors are available to volunteers. Malpractice insurance coverage is also available through the program's volunteer policy.

CHLAP is in need of volunteer lawyers to assist with the clinics and accept ongoing representation. CHLAP offers training and support to new volunteers, who may choose to shadow experienced volunteers or be accompanied by another volunteer for their first few sessions. Attorneys may volunteer at varying levels of commitment, from helping with intake interviews and providing brief advice to accepting referrals for direct extended representation.

Thank you to our current volunteers who provide their time and talent to those at the shelters. We appreciate your assistance & dedication! To learn more about the volunteer experience or to sign up, click below.

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The Cleveland Homeless Legal Assistance Program is a program of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, with funding support provided by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation.

The CMBF is a 501(c)(3) organization; gifts to it are tax deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.