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Rise Center

CMHA's RISE Center serves as a centralized hub that provides access to valuable community resources for CMHA residents. The RISE Center can help you coordinate access to supportive services in the following four areas: Economic Empowerment, Educational Advancement, Health & Wellness, and Character & Leadership.

Some examples of available services include:
  • Applying for emergency rental assistance, utility bill payment plans, and understanding your lease agreement.
  • Signing up for health insurance, unemployment, and food assistance.
  • Finding employment, housing, medical care, and educational opportunities.
  • Managing health and well-being, including understanding illnesses and medications.
  • Family planning, pregnancy care, and care for the entire family.

Use the search box below to find resources and programs that promote housing stability, such as healthcare, food assistance, job training, and more!

Housing Stability First (HSF)

Funding is available for CMHA families experiencing a hardship that may lead to housing instability. Expenses that can be paid through the Housing Stability First program include housing, utilities. Apply Here.

To be eligible to receive Housing Stability First funds you must:
  • Be a current CMHA resident in good standing
  • Have experienced a hardship within the past 30 days
  • Have exhausted all other community resources
  • Not have already received Housing Stability First funds in the past year

If you would like to be connected to other resources in the meantime please contact The RISE Center at

CMHA’s Housing Stability First program was made possible by First Church of God.

Resident Initiative Documents

» W9 Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification HSF

Once you have completed this below form, please send a copy via email to It is also recommended that you print a copy for your records.
» ODJFS TANF Non-Assitance Eligibility Form for TANF Funded Serivces

Scholarship Opportunities

The below link is a comprehensive list of scholarships, along with their respective application deadlines and application links.
» Scholarship opportunities available for the 2024-2025 school year

COVID-19 Resources

There have been confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Columbus and Franklin County. The situation is rapidly evolving and the risk may change daily. The latest updates are available from the City of Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CMHA is committed to providing our residents the resources they need during the pandemic. More information about COVID-19 can be found at the links below.

Information about COVID-19 and COVID-19 prevention

County-specific information regarding COVID-19, including where to get testing if you feel sick and updated data for Franklin County

Coronavirus fact sheets in various languages

If you have any questions, you can call Columbus Public Health at 614-645-1519, or the Ohio Department of Health at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).

Contact Us

To learn more or be connected to RISE Center services, please call or email the RISE Center team at 614-421-4945 or
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