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These Cincinnati family assistance programs will benefit your family in more ways than one.



Cincinnati Family Assistance ProgramsSometimes it can be difficult for families to make ends meet. Thankfully, there are many programs that offer assistance to individuals and families in need. Here are more than 30 Cincinnati family assistance programs that may be beneficial for you, your family or someone you know. Whether a family is seeking assistance with utilities, clothing, or other programs that generally improves sociability, there is something for everyone.

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Educational/Job Assistance

Bethany House Services – Here you will find educational sessions taught by experts from the community and BHS staff. The topics include financial literacy, budgeting, parenting, developing healthy relationships, healthy choices, and job-related skills.

Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action – Provides employment assistance, workforce development, Cincinnati Manufacturer Certificate Program and Head Start for children.

Cincinnati Works – This nonprofit organization serves two types of clients – job seekers who want to work their way out of poverty and employers who pay fair wages and offer health benefits. Call 513-744-9675 for more information.

CityLink Center
 – Provides a variety of workforce classes (Cincinnati Works), GED Courses and basic literacy programs.

Consumer Credit Counsel Service – This service helps people identify effective money management skills to create a strong financial life.


Franciscan Haircuts from the Heart – Take a look at their calendar to see where the haircuts are being offered. Vouchers for haircuts are also given to children of families below the federal poverty line.


Greater Cincinnati Behavior Health Services – Here you will find programs to assistance in job development and exploration services, job coaching and support.


Hamilton County Job & Family Services
 – They provide multiple programs to assist in employment, food, barrier removal through community link, retention and contingency funds.


Inter Parish Ministry – Serves Hamilton County zip codes 45228, 45230, 45244, 45245, 45255 and 45140. The Newtown pantry is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and Monday evenings from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

Madisonville Education and Assistance Center
 –
By giving direct aide to the residents of the 45227 zip code, MEAC raises up house holds one at a time. Call to speak with a case worker.

Santa Maria Community Services –
This workforce development program can help you with all your education, employment and financial goals. Programs provided at Santa Maria Literacy Center West and Santa Maria Financial Opportunity Center give you the tools you need for long-term success.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul –
St. Vincent’s re-entry program provides ongoing support to men and women who have been incarcerated. Contact Dominic Duren at 513-614-8052.

Talbert House –
The employment program has trained Vocational Specialists that work together with individuals to evaluate their strengths, needs, preferences, and desires in order to develop a plan for success in the workplace.

United Way of Greater Cincinnati 2-1-1 Community Resource Directory – Search here for a variety of educational and support services.

Urban League of Greater South Western Ohio –
Here you will find programs about workforce development, business development and entrepreneurship.

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Food Pantry

Childhood Food Solutions
  CFS provides a daily afternoon snack of complex carbohydrates and fruit to recreation centers and distribution points in the 45225 zip code of Cincinnati. We provide large food sacks of 14 meals each to children during the end of the month as well. During other times of the year, CFS provides weekend sacks, Spring break sacks, and Winter break sacks. 

Christ’s Community Ministries College Hill residents may receive food from our Food Pantry once in a 30-day period.

Churches Active in Northside (CAIN)Offers food pantry and a community meal every Monday.

Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action 
The Supportive Services program provides food vouchers to individuals experiencing a temporary hardship.  Receiving assistance is based on meeting program eligibility requirements, and the availability of funds.

CityLink Center – The Freestore Food Bank is on site for CityLink Clients to help them access benefits through the Ohio Benefits Bank.  

Fairhaven Rescue Mission – Provides meals on holidays to families in need. Must live in Covington, KY.

Hamilton County Job & Family Services – They provide multiple programs to assist in employment, food, barrier removal through community link, retention and contingency funds.

Landmark Cincinnati Church – Provides Free Food Pantry Services Along With Fresh Produce From The Garden. May only come by appointment only and can only be helped once every 30 days. Call 513-771-0960.

Madisonville Education and Assistance Center – By giving direct aide to the residents of the 45227 zip code, MEAC raises up house holds one at a time. Call to speak with a case worker.

Mt. Healthy Alliance Food Pantry – Provides Free Food Pantry Services To Residents Of 45231 Zip Code Area In Mt. Healthy. Open Monday, Thursday & Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Call 513-551-8036.

The Salvation Army of Cincinnati – Northern Kentucky – The Salvation Army Citadel (the Downtown Cincinnati Community Center) offers a Sunday Lunch Program to help those facing these challenges. On most Sundays, Major Holly Daniels, officer at the Citadel, provides worship services starting at 11:00 am at the Citadel Chapel (located at 120 E. Central Parkway) with a meal served following the services.

Sem Pantry – Provides free food to residents Monday – Friday 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is located at 6474 Beechmont Avenue, 45230.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Click the link and enter your address to find a food provider in your neighborhood.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal ChurchPlease call 513-531-4337 for food pantry days and hours. Open for residents of 45207.

St. Leo Church – Provides food pantry services to people North Fairmont, English Woods and Fay Apartments. It is only closed every first week of the month. It is located at 2573 St. Leo Place, 45225 and closed every first week of the month. Call 513-921-1044 with any questions.

The Caring Place
– Serves Golf Manor, Kennedy Heights, Pleasant Ridge and Silverton. Only open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

United Way of Greater Cincinnati 2-1-1 Community Resource DirectorySearch here for a variety of different food pantries, programs and after school programs for children.

Valley Interfaith Food & Clothing Center – Serves Arlington Heights, Carthage, Elmwood Place, Finneytown, Glendale, Hartwell, Lincoln Heights, Lockland, Reading, St. Bernard, Sharonville, Woodlawn and Wyoming. Call 513-821-3233 for assistance.

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program – Provides nutritious foods such as milk, fruit juices, eggs, cereals, fruits & vegetables, whole grain foods and peanut butter or beans, breastfeeding support, and infant formula.

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Housing Assistance

Bethany House Services – The Housing Program is considered the best housing practice for alleviating homelessness to experiencing families.

Christ’s Community Ministries – Assist College Hill residents through making payments and/or arrangements with landlords and other community agencies to prevent evictions.

Churches Active in Northside (CAIN) – Offers temporary transitional housing (up to one year) without cost to women – with or without children – who are in transition from homelessness. 

Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency – Fill out the online application for transitional housing. Call 513-569-1840 x1115 for more information.

Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority – Assists low to moderate income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market.

Greater Cincinnati Behavior Health ServicesOffers a variety of support services including real estate agents, private landlords, public subsidized housing, halfway housing, group living, and specialized housing. (Services are available in both Hamilton and Clermont County.)

Jewish Family Service of Cincinnati Emergency assistance available across Hamilton, Butler, Kenton and Boone Counties. A focus of their programs is on helping the elderly and preventing homeless. So this means some rent assistance or a security deposit may be offered.

The Home Ownership Center of Greater Cincinnati, Inc. – Participate in a Homebuyer or Financial Fitness Classes to learn about the home buying process and current mortgage and lending realities.

Madisonville Education and Assistance Center Up to 45 men are welcomed as guests each night at the shelter. The men are assigned a bed and meet with a case manager to discuss their needs.

New Life Furniture – Please call 513-313-0530 for more information on discount/free furniture or to donate.

People Working Cooperatively – Provides critical – not cosmetic – home repair services to its clients. PWC has trained, licensed and bonded staff of skilled tradesmen, including plumbers, electricians, carpenters, and HVAC technicians. 

The Salvation Army of Cincinnati – Northern Kentucky – The housing programs meet individuals and families at this most basic level of need to shift from temporary measures to more permanent solutions for sustainability in housing.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Click the link and enter your address to find a furniture assistance in your neighborhood.

Talbert House – The Housing service line assists transitional adults, veterans, and families who need housing and other support services provided in scattered sites and designated apartment buildings throughout the community. 

Welcome House of Northern Kentucky – Provides a safe place for approximately 30 homeless women and children. Guests of the shelter work with staff to increase income and access affordable housing while removing any challenges or barriers to success.

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Medical Assistance

Addiction Services Council CincinnatiThe Addiction Services Council is a non-profit, community-based organization that provides professional resources on alcohol, tobacco, and drug-related issues. We provide programs and services aimed at improving the quality of life for the residents of Cincinnati and surrounding areas. The Council is one of 100 chapter affiliates of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence located in New York city.

Crossroads Center of Cincinnati –
The Crossroads Opioid Treatment Program is approved by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to administer and dispense narcotic medications for either detoxification treatment or maintenance therapy to persons who have become addicted to narcotics.

Hamilton County Job & Family Services – They provide multiple programs to assist in employment, learning, applying and renewing Medicaid and transportation requests.

Healthcare for Homeless Agencies – Provides access to the Mobile Health Van, University of Cincinnati Department of Family Medicine and more.

Greater Cincinnati Behavior Health Services – From diagnosis to treatment to primary care, GCB helps people with psychiatric illnesses. 

The Salvation Army of Cincinnati – Northern Kentucky – The Adult Rehabilitation Center ministries in the U.S. provide an in-residence rehabilitation program with a focus on basic necessities. 

Society of St. Vincent de Paul – The Charitable Pharmacy provides professional pharmaceutical care to those who could not otherwise afford their prescription medication. It serves residents of Hamilton, Clermont, Butler and Warren Counties. If you are in need living in Butler County, you may be eligible for our services at the Mercy Health St. Raphael clinic. Contact 513-603-8200 for more information.

United Way of Greater Cincinnati 2-1-1 Community Resource Directory – Search here for a variety of different health screenings, emergency and general health care programs.

Talbert House – Provides mental health and substance use assessment and treatment services, as well as medical services, for adults throughout Greater Cincinnati and surrounding counties.

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Utility Assistance

Christ’s Community Ministries
Assist College Hill residents through making payments and/or arrangements with Duke Energy and other community agencies to prevent disconnection of services.

Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency – The Supportive Services program provides assistance to individuals experiencing a temporary hardship with their rental or mortgage payments, water bill, food vouchers and tax preparation services. Must apply in person. Interested persons can also enroll in the HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program).

Duke Energy – Special Assistance Programs – Enroll in programs that assist in heat share and low-income programs for gas and electric.

Hamilton County Job & Family Services – They provide multiple programs to assist in employment, barrier removal through community link, retention and contingency funds. This is a great Cincinnati family assistance program.

Jewish Family Service of Cincinnati Emergency assistance may be able to help with funds to pay a portion of a past due utility or heating bill. Call 1-800-458-6223.

Madisonville Education and Assistance Center – Offers assistance in birth certificate and I.D. location as well as substantial living services.

Mercy Health St. John
Emergency assistance to pay rent or utilities. This is offered to help people maintain their current housing and avoid homelessness. Apply in person at 1800 Logan Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202, or call (513) 981-5800.

Santa Maria Community Services – Santa Maria offers a variety of services to encourage families to become self-reliant and financially confident. Call 513-557-2700 for more information.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Click the link and enter your address to find a rent/utility assistance in your neighborhood. 

The Caring Place – Serves Golf Manor, Kennedy Heights, Pleasant Ridge and Silverton. Only open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


In conclusion, with so many established programs available, families can have a peace of mind knowing that there are helpful Cincinnati family assistance programs and resources designated to aid in their circumstances. If there is an organization or program that we may have missed, please let us know at The Voice of Black Cincinnati.