Thursday, September 5, 2013

New Call-A-Bus Service

Akron METRO RTA's Call-A-Bus curb-to-curb service began August 26th. Cost is $4 each way.

Available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to riders traveling within the areas of Macedonia, Twinsburg, Townships of Sagamore Hills, Northfield Center, and the Villages of Northfield and Reminderville.

If you want to travel outside that area, they will drop you off at a fixed route bus stop, so you can catch a METRO bus.

To schedule a ride, call 1-877-820-4710 one business day before your trip.

Source: Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

New Debit Cards Being Issued to SNAP and OWF Recipients

The Ohio Benefit Bank
SNAP (food stamp) benefits are issued through a debit card called the Ohio Direction Card, and OWF (cash assistance) benefits are issued through a debit card called the EPPICard.

The State of Ohio is transitioning to new debit cards for all recipients.  Program participants received transition notices by mail in April about the upcoming change. SNAP recipients received this transition notice about the new Ohio Direction Card and OWF recipients received this transition notice about the card that will replace the EPPICard, which is called the Ohio Pathway Card.

New Ohio Direction Cards will be mailed in July and August on a card mailer along with a brochure giving activation instructions.  New benefits will be accessed using the new card, but recipients can access benefits through their old card until it expires.

New Ohio Pathway Cards (replacing EPPICard, for Ohio Works First, Disability Financial Assistance, Refugee Assistance, and Work Allowance payments) were mailed mid-June on a card mailer along with a brochure giving activation instructions
Due to a delay in transitioning to the new card, OWF benefits will continue to post to the old EPPICards until recipients are notified at a later date. Recipients who discarded their EPPICard should call 866-320-8822 for a replacement.

Contact information is available on the back of both cards for any questions, and online help is available at
Source:  Ohio Benefit Bank

Friday, June 28, 2013

Financial Services for Families 'Credit Happens' workshops now available at the Job Center

Free and open to the public 
1st and 3rd Friday of each month
1:00 - 3:30 PM
Their workshop, "Credit Happens", covers most everything you need to know relating to money management and credit. A typical workshop teaches how to create and maintain a budget, credit basics, reading and interpreting a credit report, how to improve your credit report, banking basics, and more. 
For more information contact: 
Bob Sukel (330) 376-9494
Job Center (330) 633-1050

Source:  Greenleaf Family Center

Monday, June 24, 2013

Funds Available to Help with Obtaining or Renewing ID's

Funds are available now to assist low-income individuals in the Akron area who need to replace or renew the following:

Driver's License
State ID Card
Birth Certificate

Call Salvation Army at 330.762.8481
Monday-Friday 8am-4pm to review your eligibility.
Individuals will be assisted on a case-by-case basis.

Source:  Community Voice Mail Summit