OURS - Ohio Urban Resources System

OHIO URBAN RESOURCES SYSTEM - Improving The Lives of Ohio's Urban Core

What We Do

Each year, Impact Community Action Agency serves more than 20,000 families and individuals in Columbus and Franklin County who are at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level.  The work is done through a variety of programs that provide short-term emergency assistance to help mitigate crises, energy efficient products to reduce home energy cost and usage, and longer-term empowerment services to build self-sufficiency.

The nonprofit Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland operates the largest Community Action Agency and the largest Head Start early childhood education program in Ohio and believes that every individual has the ability to reach his or her full potential. The Council is a recipient of Community Services Block Grant funding.

Stark Community Action Agency operates programs such as HEAP, Home Weatherization, Head Start, Workforce Development, and Early Head Start. The organization reaches out to more needy families than ever before, and we will continue to be a source of hope for all the residents of Stark County.

The Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency serves 2,045 children and families in the Early Head Start, Head Start and Home School programs. The Greater Cincinnati Microenterprise Initiative (GCMI) is one of only three Certified Community Development Financial Institutions in the City of Cincinnati, and also the only micro-lender. The agency provides Ex-Offender/Fresh Start services with a 53% job placement outcome. The Job Connection services, providing job readiness and career coaching, has an 85% job placement outcome. And the YouthBuild Program has a 70% placement rate in employment or education, along with 50% improvement in a participant’s literacy and numeracy skills.

The Lorain County Community Action Agency aims to reduce the incidence and impact of poverty by strengthening and empowering individuals, families, and communities. The work is done through several successful programs and services:

Community Action Commission of Erie, Huron & Richland Counties, Inc., leads the battle against poverty in Ohio through programs that help the economically challenged. As a charitable organization, CAC provides community service programs that are aimed to improve the living condition of the economically challenged sector of society.  In our more than 50 years of operation, the nonprofit organization continues to strive hard in fulfilling our mission. The aim is to promote self-sufficiency and improve the quality of life of those in need.  Nowadays, there are several targeted services in effect. These cover the following areas or programs:  HEAP, Head Start, Transportation, Senior Nutrition, Fatherhood Mentoring Program, and Summer Food Service Program. Each service effectively solves a specific problem confronting the people we serve.

Community Action Akron Summit, Inc. is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to providing a wide range of diverse and comprehensive services for over 40 years that address the needs of low-income residents of Summit County.  ASCA Inc. offers specific resources and educational training that promote economic self-sufficiency to low-income residents while assisting individuals and families to move upwards and out of poverty by providing a comprehensive system of education, training, support and resources that are central to the programs and services offered. Today, Akron Summit Community Action, Inc. has an operating program budget of over $20 million and over 250 employees. ASCA Inc. has become the principal anti-poverty social service agency for Summit County.

Mahoning Youngstown Community Action Partnership (MYCAP once known as Youngstown Area Community Action Agency is a non-profit organization incorporated by the state of Ohio in 1965. It was established for the express purpose of mobilizing and utilizing resources to increase the quality of life for low income residents of Mahoning County. The agency’s mission is to stabilize, sustain, and foster opportunities for advancement out of poverty for individuals and families by educating, supporting, and providing assistance to achieve self- sufficiency for low income residents of Mahoning County. MYCAP provides a plethora of services ranging from basic computer classes to the summer crisis program.

Whereas Pathway, in keeping with the mandate of all Community Action Agencies to stimulate a better focusing of all available local, State, private, and Federal resources upon the goals of low-income families and individuals of all ages, in rural and urban areas to obtain the skills, knowledge, and motivations; and to further secure opportunities needed for them to become self-sufficient, do hereby proclaim our mission to be:  To establish and assume the role of an advocate for the community in order to strengthen the community's capabilities to bring about significant changes in the bureaucratic structure with maximum feasible participation of the poor and low-income.

Trumbull County Action Program provides Head Start, a comprehensive preschool program designed to help children from ages 3 to 5 to prepare them with the skills that will help them in kindergarten. Head Start involves the participation of the whole family in the development and education of the child in preparation for the transition to kindergarten. We assist qualified constituents with low cost transportation through the Community Action Transportation System. Several senior services are designed to provide compassionate and thoughtful senior caregivers home assistance with your basic, day to day household chores. And through the First Energy Community Connections and TCAP presents Refrigerator Replacement Program. TCAP and F.E.C.C. have partnered together to offer a new energy saving program. Tired of your old, energy draining refrigerator running up your energy costs? Let us help you! By replacing your old refrigerator with a new one you can lower your energy costs. You might be eligible if you meet these requirements.


Empower Ohio’s Urban Community Action Agencies for maximum impact.



We envision the Ohio Urban Resources System network strengthening the social and economic security of families and their communities. O.U.R.S. is recognized as the leading resource for breaking the poverty cycle.