COVID-19 Housing and Utility Assistance

Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro has collaborated with community partners to make sure Summit County residents have access to the resources and support they need. Below is information about rent, mortgage and utility assistance. If you have any questions, please contact the Executive's Office at 330-643-2510. 
Ilene Shapiro

Summit County CARES Rent and Utility Assistance


Summit County Cares is the front door for various government funded assistance designed to help keep families and individuals living in Summit County in the wake of the historic economic recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Summit County Cares is a partnership of local government and community organizations.


You may apply for assistance with past due balances for the following household expenses:
  • Rent or mortgage for your primary residence
  • Electric, gas, and/or water/sewer
  • Resident of Summit County;
  • Member of a household that has been financially impacted by COVID-19; and
  • Gross income at or below 80% of the Area Median Income Guidelines
Priority will be given to households that are or below 30% of AMI, households with pregnant women, households with occupants over the age of 62, and households with a court eviction notice. This program is not designed to be a first-come, first-serve program.
  • All unpaid balances will be verified and documented prior to payments being made;
  • Cooperation from applicants and landlords is required.
  • Utilities must be in the name of an adult living in the household or the landlord.
The application process will take 10 – 15 minutes. Residents may apply for help for rent or mortgage and/or or utilities. It is important that applicants gather household, income, landlord, and utility information, including account numbers PRIOR to starting the application online or calling 2-1-1 to apply.


Further details regarding documents needed to apply, and other program specific details will be available prior to the application opening.


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