Governor Mike DeWine Announces Home Relief Grant Program

Roetzel & Andress

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

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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