Residents - Social Services

There are many organizations and non-profit groups dedicated to helping those who need assistance in Canton.  This represents a partial list - to locate other service providers, dial 2-1-1 to reach the United Way.


Job Training Assistance

  • Job Training Partnership
    (330) 455-7121
    300 Market Avenue N

    Education, training, and placement services for unemployed persons.  Office hours: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm weekdays.

  • Pyramid Career Services
    (330) 453-3767
    2400 Cleveland Avenue N

    Career counseling, job-search training and program on small businesses.  Office hours: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm weekdays.

  • Ohio Bureau of Employment Services
    (330) 438-7676
    402 2nd Street SE

  • Stark County Community Action Agency
    (330) 580-9347, (330) 454-1676
    1366 Market Ave. N.
    Offers free, customized training and job placement for low income adults. Includes GED program, basic skills, computer skills and business skills. For more information call Thomas Fries.

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Drug Addiction Support Services

  • Canton Community Clinic
    (330) 454-2000
    2725 Lincoln St. E.

    Provides a primary health care home for all segments of the population in the areas of medicine, dentistry and behavioral health.They offer high quality affordable health care to all income levels.

  • Quest Recovery Services
    (330) 453-8252
    1341 N. Market Avenue

    Individual and group counseling; intensive outpatient programs for adolescents and adults; alcohol school; minority outreach; 90-day residential program for men, including monitored drug, TB and HIV testing.  Office Hours: 8:30 am to 5 pm, weekdays.

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Food Assistance

Family Services

  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters
    (330) 330-445-1123
    2725 Lincoln St. E.
    Provides mentor for children 6-18 years of age.  Office hours 8 to 5, weekdays (appointments available after hours).

  • Canton Preschool
    (330) 455-8050
    1318 Gonder Avenue SE

    Full-time, year-around services for children with special needs and of
    low-income families, adolescent parents and families referred by Children's
    Protective Services. Services include nutrition programs, transportation, and
    speech and language therapy. For children 6 weeks of age through kindergarten.
    Also offers school-age program for children in kindergarten through the fifth grade.
    State and Federally licensed.

  • Community Services of Stark County, Inc.
    (330) 455-0374
    625 Cleveland Avenue NW

    Offers confidential counseling. Services include but are not limited to individual counseling, family therapy, various parenting groups, premarital and marital/couple counseling, and group counseling which focuses upon the special needs and problems blended families face. Assistance provided for adoption, special needs adoption and international adoption. Teen issues including abstinence program, employee development program and school outreach program. Office hours 8:30 - 5:00 weekdays, evenings by appointment.
  • Trillium Family Solutions, Inc.
    (330) 454-7066
    624 Market Ave N.

    Counseling for individuals and families; preventative education; limited emergency financial assistance; interpreter services; equipment and case management for the deaf and hearing impaired; homemaker service; services for vulnerable older adults; supervised visitation for children and their families.  Office hours Monday:8-8, Tuesday:8-5:30, Wednsday:8-6, Thusrs.-Fri: 8-5, and Saturday: by appointment only.

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Housing Assistance

Homeless Assistance

  • Andre's House
    (330) 284-5352
    2540 16th St NE
    Canton, OH 44705

  • Community Services of Stark County, Inc.
    (330) 833-8516
    876 Amherst Rd. NE
    Massillon, OH 44646

  • Domestic Violence Project
    24 Hour Hotline: 330-453-SAFE
    Office: 330-491-1351

  • HIV + AIDS Patients (HOPWA) Housing
    (330) 455-0374

  • John Slimak Shelter For The Homeless
    (330) 821-6332
    70 East Columbus Avenue
    Alliance, OH 44601

  • Refuge of Hope
    (330) 453-1785
    405 Third Street NE
    Canton, Ohio 44702

  • YWCA - Downtown Canton
    (330) 453-7644
    231 Sixth Street NE
    Canton, OH 44702
    Emergency shelter and transitional housing for single women and families, plus child care center.

Low-Income (Subsidized) Housing


  • Canton Towers
    (330) 456-7847
    131 Fifth Street NE, Canton
    Independent living for elderly and disabled persons.

  • Chips Townhouses
    (330) 454-1114
    3124 Kalahari NE, Canton
    Housing for low income families.

  • Downtowner Congregate Housing
    (330) 453-4048
    621 Market Avenue N, Canton
    Independent living for elderly, handicapped and disabled persons. One meal plus optional breakfast served daily.

  • Hillview Apartments/Washington Town Homes
    (330) 455-8022
    1884 Sixth Street NE
    Housing for low income households.

  • JRC Senior Housing
    (330) 455-9006
    1732 Market Avenue N, Canton
    Independent living for elderly and disabled persons.

  • Mayfield Manor
    (330) 478-0055
    3844- 11th Street SW, Canton
    Independent living for elderly and disabled persons.

  • Plaza Estates
    (330) 492-0841
    3320 Cromer NW, Canton
    Independent living for elderly and disabled persons.

  • Sahara Apartments
    (330) 454-9618
    2924 Rem Circle NE, Canton
    Housing for low income families.

  • Skyline Terrace
    (330) 456-7237
    635 Alan Page Drive SE, Canton
    Housing for low income households from one to eight persons.

  • Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority
    (330) 454-8051
    400 E. Tuscarawas Street, Canton
    Provide affordable, decent, safe and sanitary housing to low-income families, elderly, and disabled individuals.

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Health/Medical Services

  • Aultman Hospital
    (330) 452-9911
    2600 Sixth Street SW, Canton

  • Mercy Medical Center
    (330) 489-1000
    1320 Mercy Drive NW, Canton

  • Canton Community Clinic
    (330) 454-2000
    2725 Lincoln St. E., Canton
    Offers a variety of free, primary care medical, dental services and referrals. Office hours 9 - 4 weekdays. Walk-ins accepted, appointments preferred.  Federal health benefits administered here.

  • Canton City Health Department
    (330) 489-3231
    James Adams, City Health Commissioner
    420 Market Avenue N, Canton

    Childhood immunizations Monday and Thursday from 8:00 am - 11:00 am. Immunizations provided in accordance with the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines. Walk-ins no fee, must be a resident of the City of Canton. Also offers Health Education, STD Testing, and WIC Program.

  • Community Services of Stark County, Inc.
    (330) 455-0374
    625 Cleveland Avenue NW, Canton

    One-time assistance available to assist central Stark County residents who cannot afford to pay for medication prescribed by a physician.  Prescription office hours are 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 PM weekdays, at Canton office only.

  • Stark County Health Department
    (330) 493-9904
    Bill Franks, County Health Commissioner
    3951 Convenience Cir NW, Canton

  • Total Living Center
    (330) 455-3663
    2221 9th St SW, Canton

  • Margaret B. Shipley Child Health Clinic
    (330) 453-3386
    919 Second Street NE, Canton

    Physical examinations; immunizations; speech, hearing, vision and developmental screenings; accredited laboratory services.

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Legal Assistance

  • Lawyer Referral Service
    (330) 453-0686
    Stark County Bar Association
    116 Cleveland Avenue N, Suite 400, Canton
    Half-hour conference with attorney for $30. No obligation after initial consultation.

  • Stark County Legal Aid
    (330) 456-8361
    Sara Strattan, Executive Director
    306 Market Avenue N, Canton

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Utility Assistance

  • Community Services of Stark County, Inc.
    (330) 455-0374
    625 Cleveland Avenue NW, Canton

    Provides assistance in crisis situations with food, housing, utility payments, medications, some dental and vision conditions, and gasoline necessary to drive to a job or to obtain medical care.

  • HEAP (Heating Emergency Assistance Program)
    (330) 454-1850

    Financial assistance to qualified individuals to reconnect utilities. Call for more information.

  • Veterans Service Commission of Stark County
    (330) 438-0457
    110 Central Plaza S, Canton

    Provides utility payments in addition to assistance with rent, food, and the completion of forms.

  • Salvation Army
    (330) 453-0158
    420 Market Avenue S, Canton, 44702
    Help with utility payments and rent.

  • United Way of Central Stark County
    (330) 455-4636
    Call for information regarding one time utility assistance.

  • Canton Utilities
    (330) 649-8100
    626 - 30th Street NW, Canton, OH 44709
    Canton Utilities (Water, Sewer, and Sanitation [Garbage]). Look at the Homstead (PDF pdf) form to see if you qualify for a discount on your bill. If so, fill it out and turn it in (be prepared to provide any documentation required).

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