Cocoon receives a grant to help victims of violence in the form of short-term apartment rental assistance – BG Independent News

The Cocoon, Wood County’s only comprehensive domestic and sexual violence support center and shelter, is among 62 nonprofit organizations in northwest Ohio selected to receive funding from the John Henry Eldred Jr. Foundation.

As a young and growing organization, the mission of the John Henry Eldred Jr. Foundation is to invest in initiatives that strengthen families and their communities to honor the legacy of generosity and community service of their founder, John Henry Eldred Jr.

This year’s grantees are a diverse group of organizations that work to support food security, housing stability and youth education in the Greater Toledo area.

There are many barriers for survivors leaving an abusive relationship, including lack of housing options, safety concerns, and financial barriers that can result from financial violence from a partner. The ability to provide safe, affordable and long-term housing independent of the perpetrator is crucial for survivors and their families to rebuild their lives.

Thanks to the support of the John Henry Eldred Jr. Foundation. survivors of domestic and sexual violence who actively engage with the Cocoon Advocate will be able to apply for short-term rental assistance to support their long-term housing plan. Rental assistance funds are awarded based on financial need, after an assessment and creation of a sustainable financial plan with a Cocoon housing specialist.

For more information about Cocoon, visit or call 419-373-1730.