Runaways

A young person may want to leave home for many reasons. They might be rebelling against their parents or fleeing a dangerous family setting. But unfortunately, living on the streets or couch surfing in Stark County could increase the likelihood of exploitation and other dangerous situations. If you or someone you know has left home and is not living in a safe or stable environment, reach out to local services for help and support.

Safety hotlines

Crisis Hotline

Free, confidential assistance from qualified counselors.
Hotline: (330) 452-6000
Textline: Text 4hope to 741741

Child Protective Services

If you suspect a minor child is living in a dangerous situation, report your concerns immediately.
Hotline: (330) 455-5437

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

If you think you've seen a missing child, call anytime, 24 hours a day.
Hotline: 1 (800) 843-5678

National Human Trafficking Hotline

If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking, call now.
Texting is also available: SMS: 233733 (Text "HELP" or "INFO")
Languages: English, Spanish and 200 more languages
Phone: 1-888-373-7888
Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week

National Runaway Safeline

Counselors are available 24 hours a day to support runaways, homeless youth and teens in crisis.
Hotline: 1 (800) 786-2929
Help finding housing

ABCD, Inc.

Non-profit community development agency that provides transportation services via both fixed and on-demand routes to individuals with disabilities.
1225 Gross Ave. NE
Canton, OH 44705
Phone: (330) 455-6385

Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio

Helping families experience stability and self-reliance through affordable home ownership.
1400 Raff Rd. SW
Suite A
Canton, OH 44710
Phone: (330) 915-5888
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ICAN Housing

Housing referrals and rent subsidies for families, single individuals, veterans and those with disabilities.
1214 Market Ave. N
Canton, OH 44714
Phone: (330) 455-9100

Stark County Job & Family Services

For help with the foster system, emancipation, employment, independent living skills, basic needs referrals and more. Visit the Stark JFS website for more information.
221 3rd St. SE
Canton, OH 44702
Toll free: 1 (888) 698-6893
Toll free: 1 (888) 698-6893
Local: (330) 452-4661
TDD: (330) 451-8879
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Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority

Subsidized housing and social services for residents of Stark County. 
400 East Tuscarawas St.
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 454-8051

United Way of Greater Stark County

Instantly connect with health and social services throughout Stark County.
Hotline: 211
Hotline: 211
Hours: 24/7 guidance
Stark County shelters

Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter

Emergency shelter for men, women and children who are victims of domestic violence.
Hotline: (330) 823-7223

Alliance for Children & Families

Emergency shelter and permanent supportive housing (referrals through Homeless Hotline) for individuals and families.
624 Scranton Ave.
Alliance, OH 44601
Phone: (330) 821-6332
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CommQuest Services: Housing and Financial Assistance

Provides short-term financial assistance toward security deposits, rent (no mortgage) and/or utilities for households at risk of homelessness.
625 Cleveland Ave. NW
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 455-0374
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Domestic Violence Project: Shelter

Temporary emergency shelter for individuals fleeing violence and abuse in Canton and Massillon.
720 19th St NE
Canton, OH 44714
Hotline: (330) 453-7233

Hope House 4 Women

Provides temporary housing, clothing and support for women in a Christian environment.
2410 12th St. SW
Canton, OH 44710
Phone: (330) 956-5594
Law enforcement

Contact local law enforcement to report a runaway or missing child:

Alliance Police Department

470 East Market St.
Alliance, OH 44601
Phone: (330) 821-9140
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Beach City Police Department

302 North Church St.
Beach City, OH 44608
Phone: (330) 756-2449
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Canal Fulton Police Department

1165 Locust St. S
Canal Fulton, OH 44614
Phone: (330) 854-2211
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Canton Police Department

221 3rd St. SW
Canton, OH 44702
Non-emergency: (330) 649-5800
Non-emergency: (330) 649-5800
Information: (330) 489-3100
Information: (330) 489-3100
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Crisis Intervention Team Officers

Officers trained in proven and effective communication techniques to help reduce violence and ensure successful intervention of mental health and substance use situations.
Phone: (330) 588-2204, ext. 2135
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

East Canton Police Department

130 Cedar St. S
East Canton, OH 44730
Phone: (330) 488-9435
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Hartville Police Department

202 West Maple St.
Hartville, OH 44632
Phone: (330) 877-2500
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Jackson Township Police Department

7383 Fulton Dr. NW
Massillon, OH 44646
Phone: (330) 832-1553
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Lawrence Township Police Department

5830 Manchester Ave. NW
North Lawrence, OH 44666
Phone: (330) 854-2096
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Louisville Police Department

1150 West Main St.
Louisville, OH 44641
Phone: (330) 875-1607
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Magnolia Police Department

328 North Main St.
Magnolia, OH 44643
Phone: (330) 866-9434
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Marlboro Township Police Department

7344 Edison St. NE
Hartville, OH 44632
Phone: (330) 935-2338
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Massillon Police Department

2 James Duncan Plz.
Massillon, OH 44646
Phone: (330) 832-9811
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Minerva Police Department

209 North Market St.
Suite B
Minerva, OH 44657
Phone: (330) 868-4177
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

North Canton Police Department

145 North Main St.
North Canton, OH 44720
Phone: (330) 499-5911
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Perry Township Police Department

622 Genoa Ave. SW
Massillon, OH 44646
Phone: (330) 478-5121
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Stark County Sherriff’s Office

4500 Atlantic Blvd. NE
Canton, OH 44705
Phone: (330) 430-3800
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Plain Township Police Department

Plain Township Police Department
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 430-3800
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Uniontown Police Department

1635 Edison St. NW
Uniontown, OH 44685
Phone: (330) 699-6444
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Waynesburg Police Department

110 North Main St., P.O. Box 764
Waynesburg, OH 44688
Phone: (330) 866-3537
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Wilmot Police Department

300 Massillon St.
Wilmot, OH 44689
Phone: (330) 359-5711
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911