2-1-1 First Call for Help is free service available in many areas. It is a one-stop-shop for finding food, shelter, medical care, mental health support and a wide variety of other personal needs. For Cuyahoga, Allen, Ashland, Belmont, Crawford, Geauga, Holmes, Huron, Lawrence, Marion, Medina, Portage, Van Wert, Wayne and Wyandot counties the service is offered through United Way by phone (dial 2-1-1!) or via this website. Ashtabula, Lorain, Lake and Richland counties are handled through other agencies. Regardless of the agency, the service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year by phone where you can speak to a real person or get via their website.
Most notable for inmates reentering in Cuyahoga county is the 94 page pdf file, Going Home To Stay: A Guide for Successful Reentry for Men and Women – Cuyahoga County. This guide for people leaving prison and trying to reenter society is only available on the web and only for Cuyahoga county. It is intended to help people prepare for their release from prison. It provides information about the services they need when they return home, including health care, housing, clothing, legal assistance and employment.
While inmate specific books for other counties did not appear available as of this writing, the information can found by calling 2-1-1 from any phone or by using the search feature on the home page of the respective website. For Ohio counties not listed or for other States, use the main 2-1-1 national search site.