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In addition to services provided by the Ohio MEANS Jobs-Portage one-stop partner agencies, the Portage County United Way's "FIRST CALL FOR HELP" provides information and referral services to link individuals and families with needed health and social services such as day care, medical care, housing and services for older adults.

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Parents who are working or in school can apply for help to pay for their child care in the county where they live by contacting the county department of jobs and family services (CDJFS). You must choose a licensed child care center, school latchkey program, Head Start, or a home provider (relative or non relative) or in-home aide that is certified by the (CDJFS) in order to get help. You will still be required to pay for part of your child care, called a fee or co-payment. The amount you pay is based on your income, family size and how many children that you have in child care. You may be eligible for help to pay for your child care if you receive cash from Ohio Works First (OWF) (formerly called ADC or welfare), if you no longer receive OWF cash assistance or if you never received OWF, but your income is low. Click the links below for more information and assistance.

Additional Health Related Services

Coleman Professional Services, headquartered in Kent, Ohio, is a private, not-for-profit behavioral health organization providing the least restrictive, most effective means of treatment for mental health, addiction recovery and personal growth issues for senior citizens, adults, adolescents and children.

The Hattie Larlham Foundation, is a private, non-profit agency serving children and young adults with profound mental retardation and developmental disabilities. Established in 1961, the Foundation has expanded from its residential main campus in Mantua, Ohio to provide community care throughout the northeast corner of the state.



"The PMHA provides rental housing assistance to low-income families, seniors and the disabled through two HUD programs - Section 8 and Public Housing. The Section 8 program serves 1,200 low-income households in rental apartments and houses, by paying a portion of the rent to the private landlord, on behalf of the eligible tenant.

In addition, PMHA owns and manages 305 rental units for rent to low-income households at rent levels affordable to the tenant. PMHA maintains a waiting list for rental assistance, as assistance can only be provided when a current participant leaves the program.

The wait for assistance is from 18 to 24 months. Applications are taken at the office from 8:45 until 4:30, Monday through Thursday,  or at other times by appointment. PMHA does not offer any emergency housing assistance."

Portage Metropolitan Housing Authority
2832 State Route 59
Ravenna, Ohio 44266
Phone: (330) 297-1489  FAX: (330) 297-6295
Web Site:



Portage Area Transportation Authority (PARTA)
Provides bus service to selected routes throughout Portage County. Visit their web site or call for routes and schedules. Phone: Toll free: 1-800-673-1BUS(1287), or Local: (330)678-1BUS(1287)
Offices & Garage
2000 Summit Rd., Kent, OH 44240

Other Community Services

United Way 211 Portage

122 N. Prospect St. 
Ravenna, Ohio 44266
Phone: 330-297-4636 or 800-411-8929
Web Site:

Additional Health Care Related Links

Robinson Memorial Hospital
Portage County Health Department

Akron General Medical Center

Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron

Cleveland Health Museum

Summa Health-Akron General and St. Thomas Hospital

Ohio Mental Health Department

Ohio Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Department


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