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Local Resources | Assistance Family Special Needs | Assistance Individuals Any Type | Burial Assistance | Child Care Programs | Entitlement Programs | Food | Health | Prescriptions | Homes & Shelters | Transportation | Utilities

Color Greetings from Youngstown postcardLocal Facts & Trivia (website)
Answers to local frequently asked questions.

Local Notable People (website)
Brief biographies of people connected to the Mahoning Valley.


Abandoned Coal Mines (website)
This site is a where you can locate abandoned mines on a map of Ohio.

Area Cinemas & Drive-Ins (website) 

Area Colleges, Universities & Trade Schools (website) 

Area Entertainment (website) 

Area Events (website) 

Area Fairs & Festivals (website) 

Area Farm & Flea Markets (website) 

Area Libraries (website)

Area Maps (website) – provides Mahoning County maps from 1860 onward

Area Museums & Historic Sites (website) 

Area Newspapers (website)

Area Parks (website) 

Area Radio Stations and Radio Frequencies (website) 

Area Schools (website) 

Area Television Stations (website) 

Area Transportation (website) 

HSE (High School Equivalency) Classes & Testing Centers (website)

Jambar (website)
The “student voice of youngstown state university since 1931.”  You can now search and view the entire archives of this student newspaper online.

Metro Monthly Archive (website)
This database provides browsing-only access to past issues of the Metro Monthly and links to the publication’s current website and blog.

Online Schools (website)
Find links to online schools (K-12 and colleges) and homeschooling information.

Proctoring Locations (website)
This is a list of proctoring exam locations in Mahoning County.

Tales of the Mahoning and Shenango Valleys
Listen to recordings of the broadcasts created by the Industrial Information Institute and originally aired over the radio in the 1950s!

Thrive Mahoning Valley (website)
Thrive Mahoning Valley is an organization dedicated to helping people relocate to the Valley from Puerto Rico. The site is written in both English and Spanish.

YSU Oral History Digital Collection (website)
Over 1100 interviews conducted since 1974, many by people from Youngstown and surrounding areas.

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Assistance for Families with Special Needs

Respite & Summer Programs for Families with Special Needs in 2021
Provided by the Help Network of Northeast Ohio, a detailed alphabetical listing of all organizations offering programs.

Services for Families with Special Needs (website)
Help Network of Northeast Ohio’s directory of resources available to families with special needs.

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Assistance for Individuals-Assistance of Any Type

Social Work Specialist at PLYMC
Provides information, support, referrals and assistance to customers who experience mental health, substance abuse, housing and minimization issues.

Help Network of Northeast Ohio (website)
211 Database, found here, is a comprehensive, up-to-date database of local health and social services.  Individuals can access the database, free of charge, to locate resources.

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Assistance for Individuals-Burial Assistance

Funerals Consumer Alliance (website)
This is a nonprofit organization that protects consumers’ rights to choose meaningful, dignified, affordable funeral.

Grants to Help Pay for Funeral Costs (website)
Grants for burial costs.  Includes information from the U.S. department of veteran affairs, FEMA and Social Security.

Need Help Paying Bills-Save Money on Funeral or Burial (website)
This caregiver support site provides information on resources to help cover some burial expenses.

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Assistance for Individuals-Child Care Programs

Child Care in Ohio (website)
Help in finding affordable daycare and other children’s assistance for families.

The STEPS Guide to Child Care Assistance (website)
Helpful web guide to the various types of child assistance available, with links to finding the local agencies for applying in your area.

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Assistance for Individuals-Entitlement Programs

BenefitsCheckUp (website)
A free service of the National Council on Aging, a nonprofit service and advocacy organization.  Answer some questions that will determine which programs can help you pay for medications and other health care, food, utilities and more.

Government Benefits (website)
Complete a survey to determine benefits you may be eligible to receive.

icanconnect (website)
A free program offering a wide range of hardware, software, applications and training to assist those individuals with hearing and vision loss who qualify.

Ohio Benefit Bank (website)
Resources for individuals in Ohio having difficulty making ends meet.

Ohio Department of Job & Family Services (website)
The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services will connect you to job openings, news and other helpful links.

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Assistance for Individuals-Food

Free Meals for Kids at Newport and Michael Kusulaba Branches

Shelters-Meals-Showers Brochure
Printable brochure

Dorothy Day House (website)
620 Belmont Avenue, Youngstown, OH

Good Shepherd Kitchen (website)
30 W. Front Street, Youngstown, OH

Our Community Kitchen (Facebook page)
551 Mahoning Avenue, Youngstown, OH

Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley (website)
962 Martin Luther King Boulevard, Youngstown, OH

St. John’s Red Door Café (website)
323 Wick Avenue, Youngstown, OH

St. Vincent de Paul Society Soup Kitchen (website)
252 E. Wood Street, Youngstown, OH

Salvation Army Lunch Program (website)
1501 Glenwood Avenue, Youngstown, OH

Second Harvest Food Bank (website)
2805 Salt Springs Road, Youngstown, OH

Youngstown Community Center (Facebook page)
1413 Belmont Avenue, Youngstown, OH
(330) 956-0511

SNAP (website)
Formerly called “food stamps”.  Site provides an eligibility tool and contact information for local family service offices.

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) (website)
Information provided on food program for low-income mothers and children to age five.

Help Network of Northeast Ohio (website)
Find even more food assistance in the Help Network 211 Database Directory.

Ohio Association of Food Banks (website)
Clickable map directory to food banks located throughout Ohio.

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Assistance for Individuals-Health

Insure Kids Now (website)
Low or no cost health insurance for children in low income households.

Medicaid (website) 
Health benefits for very-low-income adult citizens, including the disabled.

Medicare Preventive Services (website)
Manage your health, find which preventive services Medicare covers, how often, who is eligible and what you pay.

Ohio Department of Health (website)
Health services to Ohio residents.

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Assistance for Individuals-Health-Prescription Medication Assistance

Medicare Drug Coverage (website)
Find information about drug coverage.

NeedyMeds (website)
This site is an information source that helps low income people find assistance programs to help afford their medications. Additional resources include information on free and low cost clinics.

Ohio’s Best Rx (website)
Prescription drug card to lower drug costs for those who quality.

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Assistance for Individuals-Homes & Shelters

Shelters-Meals-Showers Brochure
Printable brochure

Helping Hand Ministries Day Shelter-Homeless Shelter
1555 Belmont Ave.

Catholic Charities Regional Agency
319 W. Rayen Ave.

Catholic Charities Housing
144 W. Wood St.

Supportive Services for Veteran Families of Mahoning County
Social services organization
201 Wick Ave.

Beatitude House-Women and children
238 Tod Ln.

Help Network of Northeast Ohio-Housing
330-747-2696 or 211

Mahoning County Homeless Continuum of Care
330-740-7900 Extn. 8193

How to help homeowners protect their homes (website)
Information about the CARES Act and more to help homeowners from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Ohio Housing Finance Agency (website)
Affordable mortgage loans for low to moderate income Ohioans, and affordable rental units.

Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority (YMHA) (website)
The YMHA provides public housing in Youngstown and Mahoning County. Residents also benefit from an extensive set of support services that include self-sufficiency programs, housing counseling, youth after school programs, Youthbuild, and Neighborhood Networks computer centers.

Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. (website)
A neighborhood development agency that works to positively transform neighborhoods. In 2019, Interfaith Home Maintenance Services merged with YNDC.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (website)
Provides quality housing for all.

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Assistance for Individuals-Transportation

American Red Cross – Greater Akron and the Mahoning Valley
Provides free, safe and reliable rides for individuals who need transportation to and from life-sustaining medical treatments for persons with illnesses or disabilities.

WRTA (Western Reserve Transist Authority)
Public transportation which is wheelchair/scooter accessible for mobility devices meeting ADA requirements.

Health Insurance Medicaid Plans
Many insurers Medicaid plans include transportation assistance.  Contact your insurance provider to check on transportation assistance and to schedule transportation to dentist/doctor, WIC, and Medicaid redetermination appointments.

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Assistance for Individuals-Utilities

Emergency Broadband Benefit (website)
Beginning May 12, 2021, for those who qualify, this government program provides households with a discount on internet service and a one-time discount for the purchase of a laptop, computer, or tablet. To apply, visit GetEmergencyBroadband.org.

Lifeline (website)
Eligible for low-income consumers, this government program provides households with a discount on landline phone service or a free cell phone with a service plan of free minutes and data or a discount on internet service. For more about this assistance, see LifelineSupport.org.  To apply, visit Lifeline National Verifier.

Ohio Development Services Agency – Energy Assistance Programs (website)
Explanation of available energy assistance programs and program application.

Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel – Utility Assistance (website)
Guidelines for energy assistance programs, including telephone, summer crisis and medical certification.

Winter Heat Crisis Program (website)
Information on the various energy assistance programs including application assistance resources for seniors and people with disabilities.

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