This is not a replacement for 411 or existing community resource guides in your community. It is highly suggested you look at and support existing local resources. This guide is just collecting new, emerging resources that may be useful at this time.
Equality Ohio has not vetted these organizations or offerings––these are provided as-is, but we will try to keep it updated based on your feedback. Let us know at [email protected] if you have updates or comments.
If you have found yourself laid off or without a job or health insurance, apply for unemployment online.
In the U.S., cities across the country have declared States of Emergency in response to the pandemic created by COVID-19. As officials work to keep our communities safe from harm by extending school breaks, urging workplaces to move towards virtual spaces, and outlawing large gatherings, many folks in our communities are left in economically vulnerable positions.
Because of coronavirus, parents in Ohio who may have depended on schools to take care of and feed their children are left struggling. University students who have been forced out of university housing and do not have physically and/or emotionally safe places to go are in need of help. Service workers who depend on tips and hourly wages to survive and small business owners who cannot keep their businesses afloat without patrons are doing their best to withstand the economic downfall. Our governments have encouraged residents to practice social isolation and social distancing to the best of their abilities, but have not yet created concrete safety plans for those in homeless shelters, in prisons and jails, or in migrant detention centers.
In the ongoing chaos, many of our community members will not be able to survive both physically and financially unless we come together and help take care of one another. One form of help that has been emerging is mutual aid. Mutual aid is a form of social participation in which people take responsibility for caring for another and changing social conditions. Through mutual aid, community members build new social relations to help keep one another afloat and mitigate harm.
Community members in cities across Ohio have started mutual aid forms to connect those who are able to provide resources to those in need of resources. Businesses, hospitals, banks, and governmental bodies have also worked together to provide resources to those in need.
Northeast Ohio Resources
Mutual Aid Forms
Cleveland Clinic, Metro Health, and University Hospital have nurses on call. Cleveland Clinic: (216) 444 2200, press Metro Health: (440) 592 6843 University Hospital: (216) 844-1574
Children’s Hunger Alliance will be distributing ready-to-eat meals to children outside most of Cleveland’s recreation centers while the centers remain closed during the emergency shutdown. The grab-and-go meals are available Mondays – Fridays from 4-5 p.m. Meals will be available at all city recreation centers except Kovacic, Cudell Fine Arts, and Camp Forbes.
Lakwood City Schools will be distributing breakfast and lunch from Lakewood High School.and Garfield and Harding middle schools beginning March 18 from 11 am – noon for free/reduced lunch participants.
The Cleveland Legal Aid Society has a Worker’s Information line that can answer unemployment questions. Call 216-861-5899 in Cuyahoga County. Call 440-210-4532 in Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake and Lorain Counties
Central Ohio Resources
Mutual Aid Forms
Columbus Humanities, Arts, and Tech Academy is providing breakfast and lunch for ANYONE UNDER THE AGE OF 18, regardless if they attend our school or not. You may pick up meals between 9:00am – 12:00pm.
During the period of canceled classes are canceled, CCS is offering free breakfast and lunch M-F for ALL children age 18 and under.
Children’s Hunger Alliance will be distributing ready-to-eat meals Mondays – Fridays outside 3 Columbus Metropolitan Library branches during the library closures related to the coronavirus pandemic. Any child 18 and under will be able to pick up two meals to take home.
Zora’s House is offering short term emergency housing for up to one week for local WOC students whose campuses are closing and can’t get home right away. Please email [email protected] with the subject line “emergency housing” for more information.
Mutual Aid Forms
Dayton Public Schools will continue to provide free breakfast and lunch to children under the age of 18 every Monday – Friday, between 9 a.m. and 12 noon, during each week of the state-mandated closure.
Until April 17, Picnk is offering meals to those in need, age 60 or older, who live within a 30-mile radius of Dayton. Review the meal options using the link and place your order by 6pm on Fridays for a maximum of three (3) meals per week.
Duke Energy announced that because customers may be facing unusual financial hardship, the company has immediately suspended disconnections for non-payment. This applies to all home and business accounts in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana as well as other states.
Mutual Aid Forms
AT&T, Sprint, T Mobile, and Comcast will not terminate services for the next 60 days.
Aldi and Costco are currently hiring those in need of temporary work during this time. Those who apply can begin working in 1 – 2 days.
CVS, Walgreens, and Rite Aid are doing free medication delivery.
Planned Parenthood is giving out free condoms and morning-after pills.