Thank you to everyone who donated to the COHHIO Pandemic Emergency Fund! Together we raised over $1.9 million to support homeless shelters fighting to contain the spread of the coronavirus among Ohio’s most vulnerable population!

The coronavirus pandemic created serious challenges for millions of Ohioans. But for the more than 10,000 people living in Ohio’s 300 homeless shelters it was truly a nightmare.

Your donations helped prevent the virus from spreading in these congregate facilities and into the broader community. CPEF distributed 90 grants ranging from $5,000 to more than $50,000 to homeless agencies throughout the state. These funds helped local shelters depopulate their facilities, implement social distancing measures, move high-risk residents into hotels and other locations, shore up staffing shortages, and purchase food, PPE, and cleaning supplies.

Now that federal relief funding has started flowing to local shelters, we have shut down the CPEF, and allocated the remaining money to create the Risk Mitigation Fund to attract and retain landlords to participate in rehousing and prevention programs that are especially critical now to reduce the strain on Ohio’s shelter system.

A big thanks to the following companies, foundations and organizations that contributed a total of $1.4 million to the CPEF!

AEP Ohio

Affordable Housing Trust

AmeriHealth Caritas

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Buckeye Community Hope Foundation


Columbus Jewish Foundation

Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority

Fairfield Homes

First Financial Bank

The Fowler Family Foundation


Huntington Bank

JPMorgan Chase


Millennia Housing Management

National Church Residences

National Low Income Housing Coalition

Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Nationwide Foundation

Neighborhood Development Services

New Era Benefits Consulting

Novogradac & Company LLP

Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing

Ohio Housing Finance Agency


ORIX/Red Capital Group


RiverHills Bank

Saad and Saad LLC

Sisters of Charity of Cleveland Foundation

The Catholic Foundation

The Columbus Foundation

The Fowler Family Foundation

The George Gund Foundation

The Kroger Co.

The Mary & Mark Milligan Fund

The Nationwide Foundation

The Success Group

Third Federal Savings & Loan

Tidwell Group

U.S. Bank

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Ohio

Village Green

Wallick Communities