How to Apply for Housing Assistance in Cleveland, Ohio


Unfortunately many American families fall into difficult financial circumstances and have to apply for government assistance just to meet their basic needs. The good news is that there are a number of federal, state and local programs that offer various forms of assistance to the indigent. Low-income families are eligible for several food and nutrition programs including food stamps, WIC and others. Several different programs are also available to offer housing or housing subsidies or even emergency shelter in some cases. Most of the low-income housing support programs are local housing authorities funded with federal and state and sometimes city funds.

  • Contact the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority in Cleveland. CMHA owns and manages residential units and also oversees rent subsidy programs in order to make safe, affordable housing available to eligible low-income families.

  • Go to the CMHA Applications Office (see Resources) to fill out an application for assistance in person. Although some forms are available for download online and can be completed at home, the application process must start in person.

  • Bring all of the necessary documentation with you when you go to CMHA to apply for housing assistance. This includes verification of all income including unemployment benefits, Social Security and child support, employment status, school verification, veteran documentation and so forth.

  • Complete all of the necessary forms to finalize your CMHA application for housing assistance. After your application has been approved, you will be added to a waiting list unless CMHA is able to offer assistance immediately.

Tips & Warnings

  • CMHA has a preference system where those with specific "preference" conditions such as homelessness or substandard housing or disabled or veteran status that would move you up on the waiting list. so make sure to be completely honest about your circumstances.

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