This page is continually updated with the latest information and resources
This page provides information about resources for Portage County businesses and residents affected by COVID-19. This is a rapidly evolving situation and we will update this page as new information becomes available.
For additional assistance please contact PDB President, Brad Ehrhart, at [email protected].
Portage County Resources
- Center of Hope will be serving “to go” meals instead of a congregate meals for lunch. Pantry services are still being provided but the number of hours that the pantry is open are limited. Please call ahead to set-up appointments for pantry needs. (330) 297-5454
- Kent Social Services will be serving “to go” meals instead of a congregate meals for lunch. Pantry services are still being provided, but the number of hours that the pantry is open are limited. Please call ahead to set-up appointments for pantry needs. (330) 673-696
- Miller Community House (MCH) remains open and taking in families and individuals that are homeless. MCH is adopting the COVID-19 survey questions to identify any potential risks, but cannot and will not turn any positive-virus people away. They have a room onsite that is designated as the Isolation Room, and can bed up to 3 individuals. For more information please call 330.673.0034
- Skeels-Mathews Community Center will also be packing their congregate lunch meal to go for the seniors.
- Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)– and Housing and Emergency Support Services (HESS) for housing emergencies call or email HESS 330-296-1111 / [email protected] or if a veteran call 855-234-7310/ [email protected]
- The Portage County Senior Center The center will be open only for those members who are in need of a carry-out lunch and other basic services. For more information, the senior center can be reached at 330-297-3456. The Kitchen can be reached directly at 330-853-6305.
- Freedom House are remaining open. For more information please call: 330.673.0705
- Safer Futures is remaining open along with our 24 hour crisis hotline. Domestic Violence Specialists are ready to answer your call 24/7 and can provide resources and referrals to those experiencing intimate partner violence or to those seeking information for a friend or loved one. All calls are confidential. The 24 hour hotline numbers are 330.673.2500 and 330.296.2100
- United Way of Portage County 211– Dial 211 for social service info, there may be longer than normal wait times, callers should utilize the callback feature to speak to a call specialist as quickly and conveniently as possible.
Social Services Assistance:
- Enhanced Unemployment Aid for Ohioans: The Governor has issued an executive order, which will grant the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) with the authority to accept and grant requests for unemployment compensation suspending the normal 1-week waiting period. This order will also give relief to applicants who are not offered paid leave through their job, as well as those who have been quarantined by a medical professional, their employer, or whose employers must temporarily close. Those who apply for unemployment under these circumstances will be exempt from the requirement that they be actively seeking work.For more information, please go to Unemployment.Ohio.gov or JFS.Ohio.gov/Coronavirus.
State-Level Business Assistance:
- SharedWork Ohio: SharedWork Ohio is an alternative to layoffs for employers. It allows workers to remain employed and employers to retain their staff during times of reduced business activity. Under a SharedWork Ohio plan, employers reduce hours to avert a layoff. The participating employee works the reduced hours, and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services provides an unemployment insurance benefit proportionate to their reduced hours. JFS.Ohio.gov/SharedWorkOhio
- TechCred: We encourage Ohio employers to take advantage of the State of Ohio’s TechCred program and upskill their employees while they may be unable to perform their typical day-to-day duties. Many of these trainings can be completed online. The current application period is open through March 31st on TechCred.Ohio.Gov. If a business has questions about the program they should email [email protected].
- One-time Liquor Buyback: The Ohio Department of Commerce will immediately begin offering a one-time liquor buyback option to support bars and restaurants. This will especially aid those establishments that have stocked up on high-proof liquor ahead of the St. Patrick’s Day holiday for which they now have no use, due to their closure to in-house patrons. This opportunity is also extended to those with temporary (F2) permits for events scheduled between March 12 and April 6, 2020. If a business has questions about this program, they should reach out directly to the Liquor Enterprise Service Center (LESC) at 1(877)812-0013 or by emailing [email protected].
- Support for Small Businesses & Non-Profit Organizations: Thanks to a concerted effort by our partners throughout the state, Ohio small business can now apply for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL).This program provides low-interest loans up to $2 million in order to help businesses overcome the temporary loss of revenue during the state of emergency.Non-profit organizations in Ohio will also be eligible for low-interest loans through the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. Businesses impacted by the current public health crisis can contact[email protected] for more information. Additional details about the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program is available at SBA.gov/Disaster.
- State Business Resource Website: The portal includes information on unemployment benefits, the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, the Liquor Buyback Program, modified rules for trucking to help ship critical supplies into the state, the delay of BWC Premiums, etc. Click here