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Community Resources (Cincinnati)

**Things are changing quickly; availability of in-person resources may shift**

I am heartened by the generosity and kindness I am seeing in my community; let’s help each other however we can while also using safe practices recommended by health officials such as social distancing, hand washing, wearing a face mask in public, and staying home as much as possible.

Please feel free to send me updates or additions, and I will try to keep this list as accurate as I can. You can reach me at rachelmousie@gmail.com.

Information Updates:

Double check the dates and sources for information you consume to ensure it is accurate and reliable!

  1. The Ohio Health Department:


COVID-19 Checklists/Info Sheets:


  1. COVID-19 Hotlines:

Ohio- Department of Health COVID-19 hotline: 833-4-ASK-ODH

Kentucky- State COVID-19 hotline: 1-800-722-5725

Indiana- SDH Epidemiology Resource Center: (317) 233-7125 or (317) 233-1325 after hours, or e-mail epiresource@isdh.in.gov

  1. Centers For Disease Control and Prevention:


  1. InfOhio:


  1. City of Cincinnati Website- COVID-19 Updates:


  1. The World Health Organization- COVID-19 Updates:


Mental Health:

  1.  NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) COVID-19 Information and Resources:


  1. Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety:


  1. CDC Stress and Coping during COVID-19:


  1. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:



  1. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention COVID-19 Toolkit:


  1. SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) National Lifeline:

1-800-662-HELP (4357)


Mental Health- Children & Families:

  1.  Children’s Hospital: Psychiatric Intake Response Center (PIRC):

513-636-4124 or psychiatryresponse@cchmc.org.

  1. Mindpeace:


  1. Parenting Skills/Psychoeducation about Mental Health Issues in Children:


  1. How to Talk to Your Kids about Coronavirus:


  1. National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Parent/Caretaker Guide to Helping Families Cope:


  1. Child Mind Institute- Coping with Stress and Anxiety, Behavior Management Strategies


  1. 30 Games and Activities to Teach Self-Regulation:


  1. NPR Online Resource to Teach Kids About the Coronavirus (Comic + Written Description) https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus

  1. Cosmic Kids Yoga (mindfulness practice):


  1. Guided Meditations with Accompanying Activities:


Support for Individuals with Disabilities:

  1. Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities Resources and Guides: https://dodd.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/dodd/about-us/our-programs/resource-dodd-covid-19-support 

  1. Autism Society of America’s online Resource list https://www.autism-society.org/news/covid-19-preparedness-and-resources/?emci=e98b2f94-6b65-ea11-a94c-00155d03b5dd&emdi=f5f1f2b8-9065-ea11-a94c-00155d03b5dd&ceid=756736 

  1. AFIRM (Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules):


  1. University of Cincinnati Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities:


  1. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital- COVID-19 Virtual Outreach Series:



  1. Planet Fitness (via Facebook Live):

Free streaming workouts for everyone regardless if you are a member or not! 7pm nightly on Facebook Live- you can watch later if you miss it. Exercise reduces stress!


  1. Online workouts from the YMCA:


  1. Down Dog Yoga App:

Free through April 1st!


  1. Cosmic Kids Yoga:


Substance Use / Recovery:

  1. Smart Recovery:

https://www.smartrecovery.org/ - (online meeting options)

  1. AA Online Options for pre-recorded recovery speakers and tapes:



  1. PIER Recovery Community Center (phone/online support, based in NKY):

(859) 547-6539


  1. Connections App- Smartphone App to Help with Recovery:


Food/Other Assistance:

Many private businesses and restaurants are offering free food/lunches to children and others in their immediate community. Please check with local restaurants to see who may be doing this in your area! I’ll try my best to keep this list updated.

  1. United Way hotline- Dial 211 or visit http://www.referweb.net/uwgc/

Call to find updated information about food banks and other assistance in your area.

  1. Freestore Foodbank (112 E. Liberty St.)

Food boxes are available from 9:00 am-3:00 pm Monday-Friday to be picked up in the service bay area. Keep it moving folks- no hanging out, grab your box and go!

***Limit 1 box per month- 55 lb. box to include milk and produce***

Please check this website for details and updates to food and other service delivery:


  1. St. Vincent De Paul (1125 Bank St.)- (food, charitable pharmacy, social services, birth certificates/IDs)

Food pantry open M-F 8:00 am-4:30pm.

***Please call 513-421-0602 for all social service requests***


Check this website for changes to service delivery:


  1. The Healing Center Food Pantry (Springdale Vineyard):

Pre-packaged grocery and personal care items available for drive-thru pick-up Wednesday-Saturday: 9-11am

Thursday: 6:30p-8pm


  1. Tikkun Farm:

We still have plenty of FREE produce for anyone needing food support

Fridays, 1:00pm - 6:00pm - Saturdays, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

7941 Elizabeth Street, Mt. Healthy 45231


  1.  Cincinnati Public Schools breakfasts and lunches:

Updated meal service as of April 6th (please check the website for adjustments to pick-up sites):

Mondays & Wednesdays: 11am-12pm (2 breakfast meals, 2 lunch meals)

Fridays: 11am-12pm (1 breakfast meal, 1 lunch meal)

All meals will exceed USDA nutritional requirements.

Check this website for specific pick-up locations:


  1. Cincinnati Public Libraries:

“Curbside meals will be available for youth ages 18 and under, at select locations. Children must be present to receive a meal. The meal service locations and serving times are subject to change.”

All libraries are currently closed.

  • 1-1:30 p.m. – Avondale, Covedale
  • 1:45-2:15 p.m. – St. Bernard, Westwood
  • 2:30-3 p.m. – Bond Hill
  • 2:45-3:15 p.m. – Groesbeck
  • 3:15-3:45 p.m. – Pleasant Ridge
  • 3:30-4 p.m. – College Hill
  • 4-4:30 p.m. – Deer Park
  • 4:15-4:45 p.m. – Elmwood Place
  • 5-5:30 p.m. – Reading


  1. Ohio Department of Education- Map of School Meal Distribution Sites:


  1. Red Rose Jems Pizzeria (5915 Hamilton Ave, College Hill, 513-620-7673)

4:00 pm-6:00 pm, M-F. Free pizza meal for kids, fresh fruits and vegetables for families.

  1. O Pie O:

Free lunches for Cincinnati Public School students Monday, Wednesday, and Friday- 11am until they are gone. First come, first served.

Walnut HIlls: 1527 Madison Rd.

West Side: 4220 Glenway (Dollar Tree parking lot- across from Walgreens)

West Price Hill: 1702 Grand Ave. (Roberts Paideia Academy)

  1. Revive City Church- (distributing outside of Dater Montessori- 2840 Boudinot)

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - 11:30 am-1:00 pm

Power packs, personal care bags and some pantry items that are available to families and/or individuals whoever needs it to drive through, grab, and go

  1. Hamilton County Job and Family Services Updates (continually updated)

-Info about unemployment benefits, Child Protective Services (family visits, child support, foster services), Assistance programs (SNAP, Cash Assistance, PRC funds), and General resources


  1. CVS Updates on Insurance Coverage + Medication Access + Medication Delivery:


  1. Walgreens:

Waiving delivery fees for all eligible prescriptions:


  1. Find Help:

Enter your zip code to filter resources locally. PLEASE CALL AHEAD to learn about specific hours of operation/eligibility requirements


Food for Seniors:

  1. Senior Meal Program (Recreation Center + Council on Aging):

***MUST call each center directly and make a reservation by 10am the day before. Available for those 60 years and older. Meals handed out at the front door of each rec center***

        WHEN: Monday-Friday, 10am-12pm


1. Bond Hill Rec Center- 1501 Elizabeth Place, 45237 (513-242-9565)

2. Oakley Rec Center- 3882 Paxton Ave, 45209 (513-321-9320)

3. Evanston Rec Center- 3204 Woodburn Ave, 45207 (513-861-9417)

4. Price Hill Rec Center- 959 Hawthorne Ave, 45205 (513-251-4123)

  1. Meals on Wheels:

We deliver meals on a private pay basis as well as through funding provided by local agencies. To determine if you or your loved one qualifies for assistance, contact the appropriate agency below. Those interested in private pay can call us at 513-244-5485 or fill out this form.

Greater Cincinnati (Hamilton and Butler Counties) Residents

Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio

513-721-1025 or 800-252-0155


Dayton Residents

Area Agency on Aging



Northern Kentucky Residents

Northern Kentucky Area Development District



Moms and Babies:

  1. Cradle Cincinnati Resource Guide: (PLEASE CALL locations to learn about service availability):


  1. St. Elizabeth New Life Center: DIAPERS AND FORMULA (please see below:)

1230 W Kemper Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45240, (513) 620-8844

This location has a pantry stocked with diapers and formula. CALL AHEAD to verify that the diaper sizes and types of formula you need are still available. You will need to have with you a proof of your child; insurance card/birth certificate. Ask them what else may be acceptable as proof of child when you call ahead.

Healthcare for Cincinnati Public School Students:

Emergency Housing/Homeless Resources:

  1. CAP Intake Line: 513-381-SAFE (7233) or text 513-970-1515

***Please call this line to get the latest updates about shelter availability and safety recommendations. Shelter referrals must go through the CAP line***

News story about the city of Cincinnati’s plans to provide housing for individuals and families experiencing homelessness:


  1. OTR Recreation Center- (513) 381-1893: Individuals experiencing homelessness must be identified by the health department/health official as needing self- quarantine, cannot self-refer. Limited capacity (10-20 beds)

News story about this plan:


  1. Tamar’s Center- located in Over-The-Rhine

Giving out food and supplies to men and women experiencing homelessness

Monday-Friday, 8:00am-2:00pm


Local 12 News Story with more details:



**Per Aftab Pureval on 3/13/2020: The Hamilton County Courthouse is limiting public access and suspending evictions for the next 30 days. Here is some more info about court related adjustments:


***Duke Energy and Cincinnati Water Works are suspending all disconnections and shut-offs for the time being.


***The Federal government will “temporarily suspend the interest it collects on student loans during the coronavirus pandemic, and federal lenders will let borrowers suspend their student loans and loan payments without penalty for the next 60 days (starting 3/13/2020).”

Contact your loan servicer online or by phone to take advantage


  1. COVID-19 Regional Response Funds:

https://www.gcfdn.org/covid-19requestfunding or call 1-866-211-9966

News story about this fund- check for updates: https://www.wcpo.com/news/our-community/positively-cincinnati-covid-19-regional-response-fund-to-help-people-hurt-financially-by-pandemic?fbclid=IwAR0g_2cTU4855laYPSU1TKkQcAucfWXnreE8BdwEn2bjAdUmnLKg8AIuVWA

  1.  Apply for Unemployment: (2000180- Mass lay-off number to use when applying)



Check this site to see if you are now eligible under the expansion program. Applications expected to be available/live online in mid-May:


Processing Centers where filed claims are sent (includes contact info):

Must know the last 4 digits of your social security number. The left side of the chart has ranges of numbers- find where yours fits and follow the chart to the right to find the phone number of the processing center that is handling your claim.


Check the status of an unemployment claim:

        System is often overloaded- check back frequently


Frequently asked questions about unemployment during COVID-19:


HCJFS Guide to Filing for Unemployment:


  1. HCJFS (Hamilton County Job & Family Services):

***In-person interviews and work requirements are currently suspended for public assistance programs***

  1. Prevention, Retention, and Contingency (PRC) Funds:

  1. SNAP (Supplemental Food Assistance Program/Food Stamps):

  • New recipients can apply online or call 513-946-1000 (expect to wait on hold)


  • Current Consumers can call 1-844-640-6446 between 8 a.m. and noon each business day and we will ensure their case is certified timely with no break in assistance.

  1. Cash Assistance:

  • For Temporary Assistance to Needy Families TANF assistance (cash), the agency looks at the last 30 days of income but takes into account income

changes reported by the client and, once verified, uses that to determine

projected income.


  1. Bartender Emergency Assistance Program:


  1. COVID-19 Artist Resources (musicians, authors, freelancers, etc.):


  1. Anonymous Was a Woman: Emergency Grants for Female Artists Over 40 in Response to the COVID-19 Crisis


  1.   The Ohio Department of Commerce’s Division of Liquor Control:

All bars and restaurants may return unopened high proof liquor products that have been purchased within the past 30 days to offset financial losses.

Contact them at 877-812-0013, or OhioLiquorInfo@com.ohio.gov. https://com.ohio.gov/liqr/ 

Internet Access:

  1.  Comcast:

Two months of free service to new customers- https://www.internetessentials.com/

  1.  AT&T:

Several offerings, namely “Access from AT&T Program” https://about.att.com/pages/COVID-19.html

  1. Spectrum: Remote Education Credit

Free internet access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students-

Call (855) 243-8892 to sign up. Please mention this offer (Remote Education Credit)  when you call.


Installation fees are waived for new student households, other eligibility requirements are applied (ex. cannot have an outstanding balance)

Resources for Spanish Speakers:

  1. Catholic Charities SW OH (includes Su Casa Hispanic Center and AccuracyNow Language Services):

Interpretation for people whose first language isn’t English, bilingual mental health counseling, emergency assistance for those who are Spanish speaking. Services are being adjusted to accommodate as many people as possible while also working to protect public health. www.ccswoh.org or (513) 241-7745

  1. Daily Schedule of online/learning options (IN SPANISH):


  1. Interact For Health:

Resources for Immigrants:

  1. Immigrant Eligibility for Public Programs During COVID-19 (created by the National Immigration Law Center):


  1. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Immigration Resources:


Tips for Home-Schooling:

  1. Julie Bogart- Home-Schooling Guru:


  1. Wide Open School:

Free online resource to support families and educators who are transitioning to remote learning as a result of the coronavirus.


  1. Day by Day Ohio- Family Literacy Calendar:


  1. Control Alt Achieve (includes accommodations for special needs learners):


  1. AFIRM (Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules):


  1. The Genius of Play (Resources for parents on how to raise smarter, healthier, happier kids through the power of play):


Education/Fun Things to Keep Kids Occupied!:

***For CPS students who were not able to get their work packets and/or cannot access them through Schoology- Staples will print them for free. Find more info here:


***Online Learning Schedule- complete with clickable links to fun/educational online activities for kids throughout the day!:


1.      List of education companies offering free subscriptions to online learning:


2.      Scholastic- free online learning:


3.      Virtual Field Trips:


4.      Virtual Museum Tours:



5.      Virtual Art:


6.      Cincinnati Zoo:

Home Safaris via Facebook live- weekdays at 3pm

www.cincinnatizoo.org or www.facebook.com/cincinnatizoo 

7.      Story Online:

Actors and celebrities read children’s books aloud, and there is an accompanying activity


8.      Indigo Hippo:

Affordable craft supply bundles with pre-organized activities for different ages. Check out their Facebook page for instructions about curbside pick-up.


9.      Online Learning Options:

·         60+ Free Online Learning Resources for Teaching Your Students Virtually: https://www.weareteachers.com/free-online-learning-resources/?utm_source=WAT_MDR&utm_medium=Enews&utm_campaign=WAT_CVEnews03142020

·         70 Educational Tools that are free (for now): www.amazingeducationalresources.com

·         Free Educational Apps, Games, and Websites for Tweens (10-12) and Teens (13+):


·         Resources for Teaching Online:


·         40+ Tools for Distance Learning:


10. Kanopy: (free movie streaming service through the library- need a library card)


11. Storytime From Space!


12. Public Library Online Resources:

11 Ways to keep your kid’s minds and imaginations active: https://blog.cincinnatilibrary.org/Blog/covid19kidactivities

Digital Library:


13. #operationstorytime:


14. Monterey Bay Aquarium Live Webcams:


15. GoNoodle


16. Disney Parks “How-to-draw” Series:


17. NASA’s Entire Media Library (free and copyright free!):


18. List of Things to Do During COVID-19 Closures (created by a School Principal):


19. Bluffton Study Buddies: free academic help and educational games/activities through the Zoom videoconferencing platform. (now- at least April 3rd):


20. ArtsWave- Online/Digital Arts Experiences:


Emergency Resources

Cincinnati Crisis Information Directory 


Family Violence Hotline…221-HELP (4357) 

Women Helping Women………...381-5610 (24 hour hotline)


Lighthouse Crisis Center…….…..961-4080 

Rape Crisis and Abuse Center.....381-5610 

YWCA Alice Paul House ……...…241-2757 

Crises & Suicide Hotline..281-CARE (2273) 

Cincinnati Police  District #3…....263-8300 


Hopple Street Health Center.........541-4500

Good Sam Free Clinic…........513-246-6888

Mobile Crisis Team (Mental Health)...558-8577

The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990 

Mental Health Access Point….558-8888

Talbert House………………….. 853-6575

Social Services/ Assistance
United Way..........................................211

Cincinnati Area Senior Services....721-4330  


Homeless Hotline…...........381-SAFE (7233)

Cincinnati AA Helpline……….……351-0422

Heroin Hopeline…………...1-877-695-6333

Poison Center emergency Hotline number:

1 (800) 222-1222