Many of us are forced to make tough decisions every day about paying bills, buying food, accessing medical care, and stretching our household budgets. The Ohio Benefit Bank™ is designed to make it simpler for people in Ohio to connect with programs and resources that can make those decisions a little bit easier. From the comfort of your home or from any computer with Internet access, you can use The Ohio Benefit Bank (OBB™) to complete applications for programs like food assistance, child care assistance, health coverage, and much more.
Rape Crisis Center
of Medina and Summit Counties
24 hour crisis line
Toll free 877.906.7273.
The Rape Crisis Center of Medina and Summit Counties is a nonprofit organization serving sexual assault victims and co-survivors in Summit and Medina Counties in northeastern Ohio. We do not charge for any of our services. All survivors of rape and sexual assault, both male and female, are potential survivors regardless of race, religion, financial status, educational background or sexual preference. To honor survivors' confidentiality, the Rape Crisis Center collects demographic information anonymously.
1040 E. Tallmadge Ave. Akron, OH 44310
OhioMeansJobs Summit County (OMJSC) is your local, all-in-one workforce resource center. All of our services, for both individual job seekers and businesses, are free of charge. The goals of our service-first mentality are to help individuals become equipped for their next job, and for companies to find the talent they need to grow their businesses.
Toll Free (888) 395-4357
Emergency Shelter for Men
Haven of Rest Ministries
Client Services Center
207 E. Market St. Door #3,
Akron, OH 44308
Emergency Shelter for Women and Women with Children
Haven of Rest Ministries
Client Services Center (7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
207 E. Market St. Door #2,
Akron, OH 44308
Harvest Home Women and Children’s Shelter (7:30 p.m. – 7:00 a.m.)
24 N. Prospect St., Akron, OH 44304
• Three meals daily
• Clothing, toiletries
• Shower and laundry services
• Physical and spiritual counseling
• Job and life skills counseling
Treatment of Depression, Trauma and Grief
24/7 Crisis Support
Counseling services are provided by trained staff who listen and understand your problems. Together you will develop a plan designed to help in your journey toward feeling better with friends, family, work, home and community. Coleman offers family counseling services, individual adult counseling and group counseling.
GriefShare seminars and support groups are led by people who understand what you are going through and want to help. You’ll gain access to valuable GriefShare resources to help you recover from your loss and look forward to rebuilding your life.
There are thousands of GriefShare grief recovery support groups meeting throughout the US, Canada, and in over 10 other countries. There’s one meeting near you!
Energy Assistance Program
Call (800) 282-0880 - 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. - Monday through Friday.
TTD (800) 686-1557
670 W. Exchange St.
The Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program (E-HEAP) is administered by the Akron Summit Community Action, Inc .located at 670 W. Exchange St. E-HEAP assists low-income households that are threatened with a utility shut-off notice or that have run out of bulk fuel, such as oil or propane.
The Winter Crisis Program (WCP) assists low-income households in danger of having their gas or electric utilities disconnected, have already had service disconnected, or those with less than a ten day supply of bulk fuel. Applications for Emergency HEAP will be accepted November through March.
Through the Summer Crisis Program (SCP), assistance is made to eligible households with an electric utility payment. The Summer Crisis Program is available from July through August.
Throughout the year, Akron Summit Community Action, Inc. also enrolls or re-verifies gas and electric utility customers in the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP). PIPP is an extended payment arrangement that requires regulated gas and electric companies to accept payments based on a percentage of the monthly household income.
Emergency AssistanceFamily service programs help families and needy individuals with emergency food, housing, utility assistance and other temporal needs. Salvation Army programs vary with local needs. For information on specific programs and locations, contact your local Salvation Army Corps Community Center.
Need Help Paying for food? The Foodbank is here to help.
The Direction Card (Food Stamps)
Once you have completed, signed, and dated the application, you can submit it online via the link below, fax it to 1.866.351.8292 (toll-free), mail it to 37 North High Street, Akron, Ohio 44308, or bring it in. You must have an initial interview to determine your eligibility.
WIC is a nutrition education program which provides supplemental nutritious foods that promote good health for pregnant women, women who just had a baby, breastfeeding moms, infants and children up to age five.
Contact your local WIC Office to schedule an appointment
Arlington Plaza 1400 S. Arlington Rd.#28 Akron, OH 44306 330-375-2177
Barberton 542 W. Tuscarawas Avenue Barberton, OH 44203 330-753-5426
Stow 1100 Graham Rd. Circle Stow, OH 44224 330-926-5726
Fairway 1867 W. Market St. Akron, OH 44313 330-375-2142
North (Macedonia) 781 E. Aurora Rd. Macedonia, OH 44056 330-908-0070
Summit Lake 380 W. Crosier St. Akron, OH 44311 330-375-2641
50 South Main St. Suite 800 Akron, OH 44308
Hours: 8:30am to 4:30pm
1-866-584-2350 (toll free)
What is Community Legal Aid?
A Central Northeast Ohio non-profit law firm which: