The Homeless Hotline (330-452-4363) is the central point of access for the homeless for shelters and housing programs in Stark County.

 

The Stark County Homeless Hotline (330-452-4363) operates 24 hours per day, referring callers to appropriate shelters and other programs for the homeless or those at risk of homelessness after conducting an initial assessment interview. The Hotline maintains a current listing of available shelter beds throughout Stark County, and works with mental health agencies, hospitals, law enforcement, alcohol and drug treatment centers, and the courts to assist clients in need of shelter, homeless prevention services, or other social service supports.

If you are homeless or experiencing a housing crisis and would like assistance from the Hotline’s specialists,

You should:
  • Call the Homeless Hotline at 330-452-4363 to talk to a specialist
  • Be sure to be honest about your situation – the specialist wants to get you referred to the right program.
A Hotline Specialist will:
  • Speak with you about your situation. The call will take some time, so be sure you have minutes on your phone or use a phone that is not time-limited.
  • Collect information to see what services are available without registration
    – OR – Complete a full intake and risk assessment (this includes putting your information into the HMIS computer system).
  • Refer you if you qualify for shelter or a housing program that has an opening (or place you on a priority list if there are no vacancies)

 

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Every school district in Stark County has a Homeless Liaison (click here to view their names and contact information), and every shelter and housing program for the homeless funded by the federal or state government has an Education Coordinator (click here to view their names and contact information). These individuals are in place to ensure that all homeless children and youth have equal access to the same free and appropriate public education, including preschool education, as non-homeless children and youth. Click on the links below to review education rights of homeless children and youth.

A Parents’ Guide to the Rights of Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness

Information for Parents: English / Español

 

Types of Housing Assistance for Homeless and Those At Risk of Homelessness

  • Emergency Shelter: any facility with overnight sleeping accommodations with the primary purpose to provide temporary shelter for the homeless (including specific populations of homeless persons)
  • Rapid Re-Housing: rental housing search assistance, limited-time financial assistance, and case management and other services to help homeless families and individuals achieve sufficient independence to maintain their housing
  • Permanent Supportive Housing: community-based housing and supportive services for homeless individuals and families with long-term disabilities that substantially impede their ability to live independently
  • Affordable Housing: permanent housing in which the rent is below market rates and/or is based on the tenant’s income
  • Safe Haven: residence for hard-to-serve homeless persons with severe mental illness who come primarily from the streets and have been unable or unwilling to participate in housing or supportive services
  • Transitional Housing: temporary and time-limited housing assistance and comprehensive support options targeting specific sub-populations with high barriers. Currently, Stark County has one Transitional Housing project for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence intended to help them gain economic stability, build a life independent of their abuser and achieve their personal goals
  • Homeless Prevention: short-term help for individuals and families who are at serious risk of becoming homeless, providing financial assistance and support to resolve temporary housing crises

 

Stark County’s Providers of Shelter and Housing for the Homeless

See the chart below for information about which agencies in Stark County offer the shelter and housing services described above. Click on the agency name to go to their website, where you can find pictures, more detailed descriptions of their programs, and contact information.

Agency Name

Emergency Shelter Rapid Rehousing Permanent Supportive Housing Affordable Housing Safe Haven Transitional Housing

Homeless Prevention

Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter

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Alliance for Children and Families

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CommQuest

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Domestic Violence Project, Inc.

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ICAN Housing × ×

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PAL Mission

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Refuge of Hope

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Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority ×

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YWCA of Canton

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