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Posted on: February 10, 2021

Financial Assistance Available

Rent, Water/Sewer, Electric, Gas, Oil, And Trash Removal Bills

During February 2021, the State of Ohio distributed an additional $100 million in federal funding to help low-income Ohioans who do not own their own home pay their rent, water, sewer, electric, gas, oil and/or trash removal bills. Ohioans can apply for assistance with outstanding balances dating back to March 13, 2020, assistance for future rent/utility payments once back bills have been made current, and assistance for future rent and utility assistance for three months at a time. Eligible Ohio households must:

 Be at or below 80% of their county’s median income;

 Have experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19; and

 Demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability.

The funding was divided among Ohio’s 47 community action agencies. The community action agency serving Geauga County is Lifeline for the Empowerment and Development of Consumers, Inc. (Lifeline). Lifeline’s phone number is 440-354-2148 and website address is In addition, Lifeline was previously provided funding for financial assistance related to COVID-19 that all residents of Geauga County may be eligible for, including those who own their home.

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