Sustainability Services

The Sustainability Services department empowers clients to become self-sufficient through benefit access, economic development, and financial planning while providing opportunities for community engagement.

The Sustainability Services Department provides newly-arriving, low-to-moderate income, limited English proficient AAPI adults and their dependents with linguistically and culturally accessible services across Northeast Ohio.

Our team of bilingual caseworkers can provide culturally appropriate assistance to our clients so they get on a path to self-sufficiency. Team members are located in Akron and Cleveland and comprehensive, professional case management services. We offer services such as vocational skills training, supportive counseling, job placement, and retention services, and much more.

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Sustainability Services Programs

Promoting Self-Sufficiency and Growth in the Community

AFEO

Apex Fund for Economic Opportunities

MICROENTERPRISE LOANS

AFEO is a microenterprise lending program meant to promote small business startups in Northeast Ohio.

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This will help expand economic opportunities in the Akron area. It will address the types of barriers that prevent low-income entrepreneurs from accessing conventional loan capital.

Microloans can be used for:

  • Working capital
  • Inventory or supplies
  • Furniture or fixtures
  • Machinery or equipment

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO APPLY:

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS

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Asset Building

FINANCIAL COUNSELING FOR HOMEOWNERS & TENANTS

Asian Services In Action is a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development(HUD) housing certified agency, and provides a multitude of pre and post-housing counseling, foreclosure prevention and rental counseling assistance.

ASSET BUILDING PROGRAMS

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ETIC

Earned Income Tax Credit

TAX PREPARATION SERVICES THROUGH ASIA

ASIA, Inc. offers free tax preparation service for low-and-moderate income working families across Cuyahoga County. Our Cleveland site will also have interpreters for those whose primary language isn’t English. Services will be provided from mid-January through April – contact us for more details.

Our tax preparers have been trained to ensure high-quality tax preparation to hardworking families an alternative to paid preparers, many of whom assess high filing fees and expensive refund advancement products. Our tax preparers are here to help you. With quality customer service and interpreters on-site who speak Mandarin and Cantonese, our team will walk you through the entire process so that valuable tax credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) are claimed when a filer qualifies.

Schedule your appointment today! Ask for Joyce or Ivy.

MORE TAX PREPARATION INFORMATION

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Food Pantry

AND EMERGENCY FOOD ASSISTANCE

ASIA’s Emergency Food Assistance and Food Pantry is OPEN. Families or individuals are eligible. If you need food, please call our office.

For more information, please contact Summer Xiayi Tan at 216-881-0330 ext 8819 or xiayi@asiaohio.org or Ama Kamar at 330-535-3263 ext 5326 or akamar@asiaohio.org.

FOR EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE Contact us today:

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ESOL

English for Speakers of Other Languages

CLASSES & RESOURCES

The Asian Services in Action office in Akron is an official site for FREE ESOL classes offered by Project Learn of Summit County.

ESOL CLASS INFO & ARCHIVE

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HAPI Fresh

Healthy Asian Pacific Islander Fresh Program

ORGANIC FARM & MARKET

The Healthy Asian Pacific Islander Fresh Program (HAPI Fresh) Farm is a four-acre, USDA organic certified farm committed to producing high-quality vegetables at an affordable price.

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HAPI Fresh Farm provides job and training opportunities for refugees whose age and limited English proficiency pose employment barriers.

Located on the Schmidt Family Farm in Medina, Ohio, the HAPI Fresh Farm was established in 2009. We work with limited English proficient individuals from Africa, Bhutan, and Burma to enhance and supplement their farming skills for the purpose of self-sufficiency.

The program provides agricultural job training through farming and management education while providing healthy, locally-grown ethnic produce to Northeast Ohioans. HAPI Fresh refugee farmers bring unique expertise, a strong work ethic, and resilient spirit to our community. The farmers practice cover crops, soil fertilization, crop rotation, and more. Annually, our farmers participate at farmers’ markets, including five Cleveland area markets.

The program is funded by Cuyahoga County’s Refugee Employment and Training Services, United Way of Great Cleveland, the Cleveland Foundation and USDA. Ultimately, HAPI Fresh helps participants by reducing or even eliminating employment barriers and improving literacy and employment-related skills.

ADDITIONAL MARKET INFORMATION

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Newcomers

Family Support Center

Support Services for New Families

The Newcomers Family Support Center is a program that provides newly-arriving low-income Asian Americans adults (including their dependents) with linguistically and culturally accessible employment assistance and family stabilization services in the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County.

According to the 2000 U.S. Census, more than 35,900 Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI) – majority of them immigrants and refugees – reside within Cuyahoga County with the largest Asian American population in Cleveland (12% of the total Cuyahoga County’s Asian American population). In addition, Cuyahoga County has seen a 67% growth rate of Asian Americans compared to the national average of 44%. Among Asian Americans there are over 23 languages and dialects spoken (just within the Chinese communities there are over a dozen dialects, each unique and distinctive). Witin the population over 40% are considered limited English proficient and 2/3 are from low- to moderate- income households.

Due to unique language and cultural barriers, low-income Asian Americans in Cuyahoga County have trouble finding jobs, do not make consistent income progression associated with job promotions and new opportunities, lack limited basic work skills and knowledge especially if they are arriving from developing worlds (hygiene, resume writing, etc.), have trouble navigating the County’s social service system to stabilize their families, and know little or nothing about western concept of personal asset building.

The Newcomers Family Support Center strives to assist people to move further along the path of self-sufficiency and financial independence.

CORE PROGRAM COMPONENTS

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Passport Photos

AVAILABLE THROUGH ASIA INC.

ASIA is now providing passport photo services at both our Cleveland and Akron locations. Please contact us to confirm this service is available during the pandemic.

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每份 2 張,只需美金$ 8.

預約拍照,請撥打 (216) 881-0330 (克利夫兰德处) 或 (330) 535-3263 (阿克伦处).

The cost is just $8.00 for two photos. To make an appointment, please call (216) 881-0330 in Cleveland or (330) 535-3263 in Akron.

LOCATIONS

克利夫兰德处 | Cleveland Office

3631 Perkins Ave., Ste. 2A-W
Cleveland, OH 44114

阿克伦处 | Akron Office

730 Carroll Street
Akron, OH 44304

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Public Notary

and IRS Taxpayer Representative

TAX PREPARATION SERVICES THROUGH ASIA

ASIA offers public notary and IRS taxpayer representative services at a nominal cost. Our public notary staff are credentialed by the State of Ohio.

AKRON

Chandra Ghalley

CLEVELAND

Summer Tan

The cost of notarization is $2.00/per document. Document translation is also available. For a price quote, please contact Ching Lo, clo@asiaohio.org

We have an IRS Taxpayer Representative on staff who is able to represent clients at IRS hearings regarding disputes and issues related to the clients federal taxes.  This service is offered on a sliding scale.

Helping families develop roots in Northeast Ohio.