Summit County now has a free way to find affordable housing. Socialserve.com has expanded to the Akron area. Socialserve is the power behind HousingCleveland.org, and we have worked for years to expand the service throughout the State of Ohio. Right now, the site is available in Cuyahoga County and Summit County and then in a limited manner, Columbus. NEOCH is working on an expansion in Lorain County this summer.
The website in Cleveland is used by nearly 70,000 unique users a year conducting hundreds of thousands of searches. 30,000 units are saved on the site with around 1,400 available units right now. What separates this site from others is that it is free for both the landlord and the tenant searching for housing. It also has a call center staffed by bilingual staff who can help those searching for housing, and finally it is updated every couple of weeks. Every property is checked every couple of weeks to assure that the housing is still available. The Socialserve folks do a good job of keeping the properties refreshed and stocked with accurate apartment referrals. Cuyahoga County has really embraced the site, and it has numbers similar to some of the statewide housing search websites administered by Socialserve. Cleveland officials used the site to relocate Hurricane Katrina victims.
We welcome Summit County, and thank the City of Akron, the Akron Housing Authority and Infoline for putting the funding together for this new site. If you are looking for housing in Summit County check out the new site.
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