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December 2020
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Agencies Move Fast to Help Ohioans with Housing Costs
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Agencies are moving fast to get struggling Ohioans the CARES Act funding that can help them stay in their homes.

In November, Ohio's Community Action Agencies received a total of $50 million through the Home Relief Grant to help those who are behind on their mortgage, rent or other housing-related bills due to the pandemic >>> LISTEN NOW
TCAP sponsors COVID-19 testing clinic in Warren
WARREN COUNTY (Source: WKBN) If you drove past the Trumbull Plaza on Monday, you might have noticed a parking lot full of cars.

With the help of the National Guard and the Trumbull County Health District, the Trumbull Community Action Program (TCAP) sponsored a COVID-19 testing site.

The organization held a similar testing site this past August and recorded testing 331 people and five positive cases.

Christmas toys delivered to WOCAP
ALLEN COUNTY (Source: Hometown Stations)— You may remember that the ABATE of Ohio group had to cancel their annual toy run, but that did not stop them from buying toys for children.

While the in-person toy run was canceled, ABATE of Ohio was able to hold a drop off toy run this fall. Monday afternoon, the organization delivered gifts to the West Ohio Community Action Partnership that they bought from funds raised from the drop-off toy run to give 100 kids. The numbers were down by 20 kids from last year as a result of not having an in-person toy drive, but some people stepped up to the plate to help out the organization.

New shelter tied to work programs
COSHOCTON (Source: Coshocton Tribune) Kno-Ho-Co Ashland Community Action Commission is pursuing a new homeless shelter with operations to possibly start next summer and a tie-in to a new jobs program.

Ray Hardesty is director of the Coshocton County Community Center, housed in the Coshocton Senior Center, which has been closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. During this period, he’s been assisting the commission's three local homeless programs.

Secret Santas come through for youth
BELMONT COUNTY (Source: The Times Leader) — The Community Action Commission of Belmont County put out a call for Secret Santas to provide Christmas gifts for youths in need of holiday cheer.

Because the community responded, close to 40 students will receive a Christmas gift this year.

“We get recommendations out of local area schools, from the guidance counselors and principals of kids who could really use assistance..."


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