Hamilton county CARES

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act Funding Dashboard for Hamilton County, Ohio

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About this dashboard: In response to the economic fall-out caused by the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Federal government passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the "CARES Act") establishing a $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund to provide payments to State, Local and Tribal governments navigating the negative and devastating impact of the Pandemic. Hamilton County received $142 Million from the Coronavirus Relief Fund. This dashboard provides a summary view of how the CARES funds are being distributed to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

This Hamilton County CARES dashboard will be updated on a weekly basis. Elements of the dashboard could be modified as the Hamilton County CARES projects develop.

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Child Care Provider Relief Program

Hamilton County Commissioners are using CARES Act funding to stabilize Hamilton County child care providers from financial loss associated with operating under a Temporary Pandemic Child Care (TPCC) license as they served children and families from Hamilton County using Publicly Funded Child Care.

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the State of Ohio created the TPCC license for child care providers who were providing child care for those working in essential businesses, including healthcare workers. This temporary license (effective March 26 through May 30, 2020) included rule changes needed to ensure the health and safety for children and providers.

Hamilton County will use $2.3 million of its CARES Act funding to assist these child care providers. Specifically, the goal of this program is to ensure the financial viability of child care centers which were open through the pandemic and have had disruption to their current economic model due to social distancing and other additional cost requirements such as cleaning, maintaining PPE equipment etc. Assistance will be provided to childcare providers that meet established eligibility and are able to document a funding gap between revenue and expenses while they operated between March 26 and May 30. 4C for Children, a local child care oversight agency has been contracted to provide support services for this Child Care Provider Reimbursement Initiative.

Eligible Child Care Providers can apply for assistance with 4C for Children by the deadline of August 25th.

More information can be found on the Child Care Provider Relief Program launch news article.

COVID-19 Testing

Hamilton County CARES COVID-19 Testing

Test and Protect logo

Test and Protect is a partnership between Hamilton County, The Health Collaborative, 5 regional health systems and one regional University to:

  • Make testing convenient for those that need it
  • Test people at a location that they can get to (somewhere near you)
  • Get results to those tested as quickly as possible
  • Stop the spread by providing positive case information to public health workers
  • Understand the spread of the disease to better protect and improve the health of all people in Hamilton County

Local Government Partner Distribution

Hamilton County Distributes $25 Million in Cares Act Funding to Local Government Partners

Local governments within Hamilton County will receive a direct allocation of CARES Act dollars from Hamilton County in the coming weeks. Hamilton County Commissioners set aside $30 Million in CARES Act funds to assist local governments in combatting COVID-19. $25 Million is going directly to the local governments now, while an additional $5 Million will be kept in reserves to ensure the resources are matching the needs of the communities.

“Our goal is to get this money out the door as swiftly as possible to the villages, cities and townships that need it,” said Commission President Denise Driehaus. “We also want the funding to fit the needs of these local governments that are on the front lines of dealing with this public health crisis.”

“We know that COVID 19 has had a major impact on local government budgets,” said Commission Vice President Stephanie Summerow Dumas. “Some jurisdictions are feeling the crunch sooner than others depending on their tax structure and their fiscal cycle. We want to make sure each jurisdiction has what they need to tackle major operational changes as they battle this pandemic.”

Funds will be distributed to all 49 jurisdictions using the Ohio Local Government Fund formula. The Local Government Fund is the main tax revenue sharing method developed by the state to spread revenues based on tax capacity and population. Swift allocation is necessary to help those local governments operating on a fiscal year that ends June 30.

“Dispersing these funds equitably among the jurisdictions by using the Local Government Formula means that every resident of Hamilton County is covered.” said Commissioner Victoria Parks.

Eligible uses of funds include those expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency including coronavirus-related expenses, such as personal protective equipment, disinfecting of public areas and payroll expenses for public safety needs.

Hamilton County Commissioners and Administration have been in close contact with the jurisdictions since the beginning of the pandemic crisis. The County has regular web-based meetings with all county-wide elected officials and government administrators and has surveyed the local governments to collectively support individual communities' needs including the bulk buying of personal protective equipment.

Nonprofit Relief Program

Many nonprofit organizations located in Hamilton County have provided and will continue to provide essential social and family services to Hamilton County residents during the COVID-19 public health emergency. To assist those organizations with necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to COVID-19, Hamilton County has allocated up to $5 million to nonprofit organizations as a part of its CARES Act Plan. For more information about the Nonprofit Relief Program, visit the Nonprofit Relief Program page.

The deadline to apply is August 31 at 12 p.m.

Rent & Utility Relief Program

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Hamilton County Commissioners awarded three separate contracts to help Hamilton County renters stay in their homes and keep the lights on during the COVID-19-pandemic. The Hamilton County CARES Rent and Utility Relief Program draws on CARES Act funds to provide short term assistance to renters who live in Hamilton County and can document income loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The County will pay up to three months’ rent and utilities payments with a maximum of $2,500 for households at or below 80% of the Area Median Income:

Number of People in Household 1 2 3 4 5 6
Max Income 80% of Area Median Income  $48,350 $55,250 $62,150 $63,050 $74,600 $80,100
Number of People in Household Max Income 80% of Area Median Income 
1 $48,350
2 $55,250
3 $62,150
4 $63,050
5 $74,600
6 $80,100


How to Apply

To apply, Hamilton County renters can contact:

Community Action Agency
     (513) 569-1840, option #4

Freestore Foodbank
     https://freestorefoodbank.org/ (Click on the COVID-19 Update tab)
     (513) 357-4687
     rluckie@freestorefoodbank.org (Ryan Luckie)

Talbert House
     (513) 338-8596 (24-hour Housing Hotline)

For more information on the Rent and Utility Relief Program, please visit the press release page.

Small Business Relief Program

The Small Business Relief Program provides Hamilton County small businesses with some monetary relief from business interruption costs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible small businesses are able to apply for up to $10,000 in Grant Funds to be used for the reimbursement of certain Eligible Expenses. For more information about the Small Business Relief Program, visit the Small Business Relief Program page.