Human Services | The City of Lakewood, Ohio

Human Services


Department of Human Services

Cove Community Center
12525 Lake Avenue
Lakewood, Ohio  44107


The Lakewood Department of Human Services provides a continuum of responsive programs and services that enhance and promote the health and well being of individuals, families and the community.

Division of Aging

Division of Early Childhood

Division of Youth

Cove Community Center

The Cove Community Center officially opened its doors on April 12, 2022.  The ribbon cutting ceremony was held at 5:30 PM, followed by Mayor George’s State of the City address.  The evening finished with an open house of the new Cove Community Center.


  • Monkeypox+-

    Click here for information about the Monkeypox virus.

  • Community Meals+-

    Congregate Meals

    Hot meals are served Monday through Friday at 11:45 am for people 60 years of age or older at two senior center locations. Transportation is available for Lakewood residents to both senior centers. Call (216) 521-1515 Monday through Wednesday to make lunch and/or transportation reservations for the following week.

    Home Delivered Meals

    Hot meals are delivered Monday through Friday to Lakewood residents 60 years or older who are homebound. Application process required. Call (216) 521-1515 for information. Special diet meals are available.

    Suggested donation for Congregate and Home Delivered Meals is $1.00.

    To learn more about congregate or home delivered meals, please call 216-521-1515 or send an email.

    Community Meals

    The Lakewood Community Services Center keeps a complete calendar of community meals in Lakewood. To have a look at those resources in the community, please click here.

  • County-wide Crisis Hotlines+-

    • Child abuse/neglect: (216) 696-5437
    • Imminent Danger: 911
    • Mental health emergency: (216) 623-6888
  • Facing Addiction+-

    Click here for information about the City’s Facing Addiction Program.

  • The Lakewood Foundation+-

    The Lakewood Foundation is a private, not for profit, community based organization. The Lakewood Foundation enhances the lives of Lakewood residents by serving as the fiscal agent for service groups and city departments. The trustees of the Lakewood Foundation supervise and support special projects they believe will further the well being of the Lakewood community. The Lakewood Foundation serves as the fiscal agent for the Lakewood Family Room. Monetary donations to the Lakewood Family Room can be made through the Foundation’s website or by check payable to the Lakewood Foundation.

  • Transportation Accessibility Program (TAP)+-

    Click here for information about the Transportation Accessibility Program.

  • Human Services FAQs+-

    Department of Human Services-216-529-6685

    Q:        Is this the county?

    A:        No.  This is the City of Lakewood. All county related assistance including child support, food stamps, health insurance, job training, and emergency assistance, can be found by calling Cuyahoga County Department of Jobs and Family Services –  (216) 987-7000.

    Q:        What does the Department of Human Services do?

    A:        The Department of Human Services is committed to improving the quality of life and promoting the well-being of all Lakewood residents. Human Services delivers effective and innovative programs through Early Childhood, Youth and Senior Services in order to identify the multifaceted and complex needs individuals and families may encounter and link them to community resources.

    Q:        I live in Lakewood and am being evicted, who can assist me?

     A:         Please call Lakewood Community Services Center –

    (216) 226-6466

    Q:        I need help paying my utilities, who can assist me?

    A:        Please call Lakewood Community Services Center –  (216) 226-6466

    Q:        Where can I go for food and food stamps?

    A:        Please call Lakewood Community Services Center –  (216) 226-6466.  They have a food pantry, food assistance, and calendar for community meals.

    For food stamps and other benefits, contact:  Cuyahoga County Department of Jobs and Family Services –  (216) 987-7000

    St. Edward High School, 13500 Detroit Avenue,  also offers a food pantry on fourth Monday of every month from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Guests can enter the school through the gym doors on Detroit  Avenue.  Parking is available in the lot on the corner of Detroit and Nicholson. In addition, St. Ed’s also runs a monthly fresh produce give away (through the Greater Cleveland Foodbank) on the 3rd Wednesday of every month from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Weather permitting, the produce giveaway is on the front lawn, and if it is too cold or rainy/snowy, this will happen in the gym lobby.

    Q:        I have items I would like to donate, who can accept these donations?

    A:        The Department of Human Services relies on monetary donations to support programs and services provided to the Lakewood community and welcome monetary donations at any time through the Lakewood Foundation.  To donate other items, please contact United Way’s 211 First Call for Help  Call 211.

    Q:        I don’t have a doctor and I need assistance with paying my prescriptions, who can I call?

    A:        Please contact Lakewood’s free health clinic, North Coast Health- (216) 228-7878.  For additional information on prescription assistance call: United Way’s 211 First Call for Help  Call 211.

    Q:        I am a veteran needing assistance, can city help me?

    A:        For veteran’s services and benefits, contact the Cuyahoga County Veteran’s Services Commission=  (216) 698-2600

    Q:        I am unemployed, where can I find a job?

    A:         Please call Lakewood Community Services Center –  (216) 226-6466 or contact Cuyahoga County Department of Jobs and Family Services –  (216) 987-7000

    Q:        I am a homeowner and need assistance with home repairs and/or yard work?

    A:         Call Lakewood Alive- (216) 521-0655

    Q:        I think I may have bedbugs, what do I do?

    A:        Call Lakewood Alive- (216) 521-0655

    Q:        I am having financial difficulty, can anyone help me?

    A:        Call The East Side Organizing Project (ESOP)

    1-877-731-3767. For additional assistance related to benefits and job training please contact: Lakewood Community Services Center –    (216) 226-6466

    Q:        Is this the social security office?

    A:         No.  Please call the Lakewood Social Security Office-
    (1-800) 772-1213

    For Additional Resources:

    • Questions related to utility assistance, job assistance, mental health, evictions, food, shelter, basic needs: Lakewood Community Services Center –  (216) 226-6466.
    • Questions related to benefits including food stamps, child support, social security, health insurance, etc: Call Cuyahoga County Department of Jobs and Family Services –  (216) 987-7000.
    • Questions related to housing maintenance, labor/contractor services, yard care, guidance on housing compliance: Call Lakewood Alive- (216) 521-0655.