Governor Mike DeWine Announces Home Relief Grant Program

On Tuesday, February 9, 2021 Governor Mike DeWine announced the Home Relief Grant program. This program includes $100 million to help low-income Ohioans who do not own their own home pay for housing costs, to include rent, mortgage, water, sewer, wastewater, electric, gas, oil and/or trash removal bills.


This monetary assistance can be applied by qualifying Ohioans toward:

  • Outstanding balances for the above dating back to March 13, 2020

  • Assistance for future rent/utility payments once overdue bills have been made current

  • Assistance for future rent and utility assistance for 3 months at a time


Eligibility Requirements  


Eligibility is determined at the household level. Households must:

  • Be at or below 80% of their County’s Area Median Income (this varies by county);

  • Have experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19; AND

  • Demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability


Distribution Mechanism  


Ohio Development Services Agency is distributing this funding among Ohio’s 47 Community Action Agencies. A list of the Community Action Agencies is available at

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