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Ohio United Way 2-1-1 Map

Click the map, in the link, below to find 2-1-1 resources in your Ohio state county.
395 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
ouw.org/211-map

AEP Ohio & Dollar Energy Fund Neighbor to Neighbor Program

Provides help for electric bills to people in Ohio with a low income who have tried all other resources (HEAP and PIPP). To qualify, households must have disconnected electric service and must have made a sincere effort to pay their electric bill in the last 90 days. Go online to use their income calculator to find out whether you qualify. Click to find an agency in your area that will help you with the application process.
PO Box 42329, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15203
(800) 683-7036
dollarenergy.org

AEP Home Energy & Weatherization Programs

Customers of AEP Ohio can schedule a low-cost energy assessment, where an AEP assessor visits the home to make personalized recommendations. Some residents may be eligible (based on financial need) for their community assistance program as well. They may receive insulation, air sealing, lights, refrigerator replacement and other energy-saving improvements.
(800) 672-2231
Free Energy Repair Services: aepohio.com/save/residential/programs/SMARTCommunityAssist.aspx
Payment Assistance: aepohio.com/save/residential/Payments
Energy Saving Tips: aepohio.com/save/residential/learn

AEP Ohio

Customers who have received a disconnect notice or are unable to pay their electric bill can call the toll-free number to set up a payment extension or a discount plan. Customers who have special needs or medical conditions can request a medical certification form.
850 Tech Center Drive, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
(800) 277-2177 or (888) 216-3505 in Spanish only
aepohio.com/save/residential/payments

American Legion

Award college scholarships to military veterans and their families, offer immediate assistance for household needs, utilities and food to military families directly affected by Operation Iraqi Freedom and America’s War on Terrorism. Their special support programs, such as temporary financial assistance, award cash grants to minor children of veterans who are eligible for American Legion membership, counseling and mental health.
Physical Address: 700 North Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46206
Mailing Address: PO Box 1055, Indianapolis, Indiana 46206
(800) 433-3318
legion.org

Apprisen Financial Counseling

Offers counseling, education and advice on housing issues to new and existing homeowners including dealing with rental issues, preventing foreclosure, and bankruptcy counseling.
Corporate Location: 690 Taylor Road, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
Pickerington Location: 1017 Refugee Road, Pickerington, Ohio 43147
(800) 355-2227 or (614) 552-2222
apprisen.com

AT&T Lifeline of Ohio Program

Provides discounted phone service for customers with a low income, including free line connection, monthly discounts and no deposits for local service. You must me a current AT&T telephone customer. Call the toll-free number or fill out an application online.
150 East Gay Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(888) 256-5378 or (800) 910-1030 in Spanish only
att.com/home-phone/lifeline.html

Breathing Association

Offers chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma and Ohio Benefit Bank (OBB) services; a free Lung Health Clinic and Mobile Medical Unit that provides caring medical and nursing services from a skilled professional staff. They also provide help with winter heating and summer cooling programs through HEAP, electric bill assistance and window air conditioners to those without central air for households who are medically needy. Sign up to receive free air quality alerts through the MORPC (Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission) Air Quality Awareness Program.
1520 Old Henderson Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220
(614) 457-4570
breathingassociation.org

Broad Street United Methodist Church (UMC) Outreach

Provide holiday assistance, housing and emergency assistance, free dinner and host a free summer program through CDF Freedom Schools. Call for serving times and days.
501 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 221-4571
broadstreetumc.net/ministries/serving-others
Heart of the City Freedom School: broadstreetumc.net/hocfs

Center for Groveport Madison Human Needs (CGMHN)

Connects people in need in the Groveport Madison school district with community resources. Services include rent and utility help, emergency cash assistance, help in preparing applications for food stamps, distribution of household items and more.
PO Box 542, Groveport, Ohio 43125
(614) 586-4017
center4gmhn.org

Central Community House

A neighborhood-based community center that serves the near east and near south neighborhoods of Columbus, Ohio. Services include:

  • Early Education Child Care Center: Education-focused child care program for infants, toddlers and preschoolers with a focus on preparation for success in Kindergarten and beyond.
  • Community Services: Basic/emergency needs assistance and referrals, community organizing and advocacy, family/household support programs, a community computer lab, community dinners/block parties, and opportunities for neighborhood involvement.
  • Youth and Family Services: Personal development and family strengthening programs, afterschool programs, summer youth enrichment programs, including summer employment; and other youth, teen, and family activities, including tutoring, mentoring, and fun activities including Transit Arts.

1150 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 252-3157
cchouse.org

Central Ohio Bed Bug Task Force (COBBTF)

Educates Central Ohio residents about bed bugs, bed bug prevention, and the best methods of getting rid of the bugs. Go to the website for more information.
PO Box 44111, Columbus, Ohio 43204
centralohiobedbugs.org

Charity Newsies

Provides new clothing for school children of all ages in Franklin County free of charge. They can also provide shoes, winter coats and vouchers for school uniforms.
4300 Indianola Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 263-4300
charitynewsies.org

City of Columbus Code Enforcement Division

Provides inspection and enforcement for rental housing when landlords do not fix problems. Enforces housing codes such as maintenance and safety issues (leaks, plumbing, broken fixtures and appliances, pest problems, leaking roof, gutters and downspouts, chipping & peeling paint, etc.), high grass & weeds, trash, and vacant structures. To address a problem, call the City of Columbus Service Center or enter a complaint online at their 3-1-1 website.
(614) 645-3111
311.columbus.gov
columbus.gov/development/Code-Enforcement

City Of Columbus Department of Public Utilities

Offers a utility discount for water and sewer charges for people with a low income. Go online to complete the application offered in both Spanish and English.
910 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-8276
columbus.gov/utilities/customers/Utility-Discount-Programs

City of Columbus Housing Division

Provides assistance to residents on issues such as unsafe buildings, unsanitary conditions, carbon monoxide inspections, high weeds, owner refusal to make repairs and animal maintenance.
50 West Gay Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-7896
columbus.gov/development/Housing-Division

Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center (CRC)

  • The CRC Family Services help is provided in many areas including food, housing, health care and transportation.
  • The Youth Services – Kids Club is an afterschool program for youth in grades K-5 at various locations. They offer homework help, tutoring with a reading specialist, individual reading time, and activities that foster youth’s development of appropriate social skills.
  • The Kinship Care Program supports relative caregivers who have taken custody of children who cannot be cared for by their parents. The program helps children avoid placement in a non-related foster home when parents are absent.

Office: 3222 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43202
Food Pantry: 14 West Lakeview Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43202
(614) 268-3539
clintonvillecrc.org

Coats 4 Children

Donates coats through schools, organizations and places of worship. Contact for more information to receive or donate coats.
(614) 599-7325
coats4children.org

Columbia Gas of Ohio

Offers several programs for customers with a low income, including extended payment plans, discounted programs and services for those with medical needs. Visit the website for more information about each program.

  • Physical Address: 290 West Nationwide Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43215
  • Customer service questions: PO Box 2318, Columbus, Ohio 43216
  • Payment Mailing Address: PO Box 742510, Cincinnati, Ohio 45274

(800) 344-4077 or (800) 877-8973 Sprint relay or (800) 750-0750 Ohio relay TDD/TTY
columbiagasohio.com/payment-billing-options/need-help-paying-your-bill

Columbus Coalition for the Homeless (CCH)

Advocates services for those experiencing homelessness, educates the central Ohio community about homelessness, and actively works to reduce hate crimes. They also provide homeless persons with a “Streetcard”, that lists information on most needed services in Franklin County for which they may be eligible.
1015 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 228-1342
columbushomeless.org
Streetcard: columbushomeless.org/streetcard

Columbus Dream Center

Faith-based organization that serves low-income, homeless, and under-served individuals and families. They provide free, routine outpatient health and wellness services through the Mt. Carmel Mobile Medical Coach, hot meals and pre-packed lunches for kids, after school programs, holiday help, back-to-school supply giveaways, and homeless prevention resources. Visit the website for contact information.
38 West Greenwood Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
columbusdreamcenter.org

Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA)

Provides low-income and Section 8 housing and helps people access decent, safe and affordable housing. They can help Section 8 families become homeowners and become economically independent of housing assistance.
880 East Eleventh Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211
(866) 466-7328
cmhanet.com

Columbus Public Health (CPH) Healthy Homes Program

Provides assistance and advice on creating a safe home environment. This program is for eligible residents in Columbus and Worthington. Services include:

  • Phone consultations
  • Information on asthma triggers and other household dangers
  • Mandatory lead inspections for homes with lead poisoned children
  • Free HEPA vacuum loan for lead hazard clean-up
  • Presentations to Columbus community organizations, neighborhood associations, day care centers, and school staff
  • Displays of healthy home educational information at fairs and special events
  • Referrals to services for landlords, tenants, and homeowners

240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Healthy Homes Contact: (614) 645-8191
Lead Poisoning Contact: (614) 724-6000
columbus.gov/publichealth/programs/healthy-homes

Columbus Urban League (CUL)

A community‐based, non‐profit, advocacy organization that works to empower African Americans and marginalized groups through economic, educational and social progress with programs, classes and services. There various programs fall under six categories:

  • Restoring Citizens
  • Keeping My Home
  • Growing Our Kids
  • Money & Mortgages
  • Jobs & Training
  • African American Male Initiative

788 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 257-6300
cul.org

Common Ground Free Store (CGFS)

Offers free clothing, shoes, diapers, household items, books, toys, meals and more. There are no income requirements.
193 East Central Avenue, Delaware, Ohio 43015
(740) 369-3733
commongroundfreestore.org

Community Development for All People (CD4AP) & All People’s Fresh Market

This faith-based organization provides free produce, clothing and household items to families in need, affordable housing on the South Side of Columbus, youth development, health coaching, low cost bike repairs and more. They also have the All People’s Fresh Market, which has free fresh food 5 days a week. Go online to find out more information about different programs.
Physical Address: 946 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
Mailing Address: PO Box 6063, Columbus, Ohio 43206
Main Phone: (614) 445-7342
Free Store Phone: (614) 443-1713
4allpeople.org

Community for New Direction (CND)

A non-profit that offers mentoring and leadership development, bullying and violence prevention programs, summer camps, job readiness programs, college and university tours to elementary school, middle school and high school youth. CND also offers emergency support services on a case-by-base basis, parenting services and addiction counseling for adults.

  • Administrative Office
    2323 West Fifth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204
    (614) 272-1464
  • Near East Office
    993 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 257-0305
  • West Office
    2096 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
    (614) 272-1464
  • South Office
    1008 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 272-1464
  • CND Outpatient Addiction Treatment and Counseling
    1000 Atcheson Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
    (614) 252-4941

cndonline.org

Community Housing Network (CHN)

Provides housing assistance to adults with addiction or substance abuse, mental disorders and those who struggle with homelessness. Apartments are scattered throughout 28 zip codes in Franklin County. Tenants also receive help with finding employment.
1680 Watermark Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 487-6700
chninc.org

Community Mediation Services (CMS) of Central Ohio

Offers an alternative to the court system by providing an impartial mediator who helps work out conflicts. They provide problem-solving services for domestic and family issues, divorce, neighborhood conflicts, tenant-landlord disputes, workplace issues and consumer rights disputes. Services are offered on a sliding fee scale.
67 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 228-7191
communitymediation.com

Community Properties of Ohio (CPO)

Provides Section 8 and low-income affordable housing in Columbus and other cities throughout Ohio.
910 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(888) 631-3869
cpoms.org

COMPASS (Homelessness Prevention)

An emergency assistance program at Broad Street Presbyterian Church that can help with partial rental assistance or utility assistance and also refers people to other agencies in the community.
760 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 463-9612
bspc.org/compass

Creative Housing

Provides accessible and affordable housing for people with disabilities in the Columbus area. People served by the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities should contact their service coordinator regarding housing waiting list information. Also, they provide accessible renovation and construction services through their program Creative Renovations.
2233 Citygate Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 418-7725
creativehousing.org

Disability Rights Ohio

Provides legal advocacy and rights protection throughout Ohio to a wide range of people with disabilities. This includes assisting individuals with problems such as abuse, neglect, discrimination, access to assistive technology devices, special education, housing, employment, community integration, voting and rights protection issues within the juvenile and criminal justice systems.
200 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 466-7264 or (800) 282-9181 (Toll-free in Ohio only)
(614) 728-2553 TTY or (800) 858-3542 TTY (Toll-free in Ohio only)
disabilityrightsohio.org

Dress for Success Columbus

Provides free interview and work-ready clothing, mentoring and career center resources (like professional development, computers with Microsoft software, printers and more) for Central Ohio women ages 15 and up. A referral is required to receive services.
1204 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 291-5420
dfscmh.org

Dublin Furniture Banc

Provides free household furniture that is gently used. Must be referred by a local social service agency who will also arrange an appointment for the family. Curb-side delivery of furniture is provided for a fee or the family can arrange to pick up. There is also an operational fee due at the time of appointment. Local social service agencies can make referrals by phone or online with a created login account.
6253 Old Avery Road, Dublin, Ohio  43016
(614) 333-6207
dublinfurniturebanc.org

ECHO Residential Support

This program to support individuals so that they may live where they want and with whomever they choose.  ECHO assists in a variety of ways including housekeeping, money management, transportation, and serves as a friendly face to support and encourage people with developmental disabilities to make their own decisions.
6500 Busch Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 210-0944
echoresidential.webs.com

EveryoneOn

Find low-cost Internet, affordable computers and/or free digital literacy training courses in your area.
718 Seventh Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001
(877) 947-4321 or text “connect” to 21-545
everyoneon.org

Fairy Goodmothers

Collects and donates prom dresses and accessories free of charge to girls who can’t afford them. Visit the website for more information.
P.O. Box 163233, Columbus, Ohio 43216
fairygoodmothers.org

Family & Youth Law Center (FYLaw)

Works within child welfare, adoption, and juvenile justice systems to support positive outcomes for children, youth, and families. They offer direct representation of system-involved youth, advocacy, training and education.
Capital University Law School
303 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 236-6730
familyyouthlaw.org

Firefighters 4 Kids

Operates during the holiday season providing toys to children ages birth to 12 within the Central Ohio area. They work with local agencies throughout Franklin County to do sign-ups. A listing of these agencies, their locations and registration dates can be found on the website.
2055 Corvair Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207
(614) 633-5259
firefighters4kids.com

Foreclosure Intervention Hotline

For people who may be in danger of facing foreclosure, the national Homeowner’s HOPE Hotline offers free and confidential assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. HUD-certified counselors can work with individuals to find a solution and set up a plan of action.
7645 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55423
(888) 995-4673
995hope.org

Franklin County Public Health (FCPH)

Offer services and resources on birth/death certificates, inspection reports, plumbing inspections, the environment (air quality, water quality and waste); low cost healthcare and immunization clinics, lead inspection, free home radon test kits, and other important health topics related to the needs of Franklin County. Visit the website for more information.
280 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 525-3160 or (800) 750-0750 TTY/TDD
Weekend, Holiday and After Hours Emergency Hotline: (614) 525-3965
myfcph.org

Furniture Bank of Central Ohio

Provides free furniture to central Ohio residents struggling to furnish their homes as a result of economic and other significant life challenges. Furniture With A Heart Thirft Store, a social enterprise of the Furniture Bank of Central Ohio carries gently used furniture, household goods, clothing and sporting goods. Referral needed.

  • Furniture Bank of Central Ohio
    118 South Yale Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43222
    (614) 272-9544
  • Furniture With A Heart
    2165 Morse Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
    (614) 826-4427

furniturebankCOH.org
Thrift Store: furniturewithaheart.org

Gahanna Residents In Need (GRIN)

A community wide, faith-based organization committed to helping the residents of the Gahanna-Jefferson school district in a time of need with a “hand-up”. They help provide food through their food pantry (by appointment), children’s clothing, rent and utility assistance, school supplies, holiday gifts and meals, and summer lunches.
165 Granville Street, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
(614) 214-4747
grin4gahanna.org

Gertrude Wood Community Foundation (GWCF)

Offer mentoring programs for youth ages 10-18, annual school supply giveaways, provide free fresh produce and food items; financial literacy classes, and community-based services and affordable housing for youth and families living in the Driving Park Area and surrounding communities.
975 Bulen Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 252-7456
gwoodfoundation.com

Giving Diapers, Giving Hope (GDGH)

Provides free cloth diapers to low income families to help ease the cost of diapering their children. They lend cloth diapers in good usable condition to the parents/guardians, who are responsible for the washing and the cost of return shipping when they’re done with their diapers.
Toll Free: (855) 439-4344
givingdiapersgivinghope.org

Gladden Community House

  • Youth Services & Preschool – Provide educational intervention led by licensed social workers through small group, individual, and family sessions to help children develop important life skills; as well as preschool, after-school, summer day camp and team sport programming.
  • Gladden Food Pantry – Provides emergency food assistance to households living within the service area (zip codes 43222, 43223, and 43215). Other services available at the pantry: home delivery to people with disabilities, on-site Ohio Benefit Bank screenings for SNAP/food stamps, and donated diapers made available. Contact for hours of operation.
  • Community Service Department – They provide emergency financial assistance, access to The Breathing Association mobile medical unit and help stabilize and support Franklin County families at risk of becoming homeless. They also offer case management services, linkage to community resources, and parenting and financial literacy classes.

183 Hawkes Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
(614) 227-1600
gladdenhouse.org

Goodwill Columbus

Offers employment and job training programs, social and education programs for people with developmental disabilities and other barriers to employment. They also offer in art, health and wellness programs, and a variety of activities in community settings including volunteering, recreation and leisure, and community awareness. At their Goodwill Stores are thrift clothing, furniture, vehicles, art and more. Visit the website or call for center and store locations in Central Ohio.
1331 Edgehill Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 294-5181 or (614) 583-0293 TTY
goodwillcolumbus.org

Greater Hilltop Area Shalom Zone

A faith-based, non-profit organization based in Columbus’ Hilltop community. Some of their programs include a teen club, teen free store, basketball at their gym, their no-cost Westside CDF (Children’s Defense Fund) Freedom School, free legal clinic and more. Visit the website or call for program locations.
(614) 398-1230
hilltopshalomzone.org

Habitat for Humanity MidOhio

Sells affordable homes to people with a low income who are first-time homebuyers. Participants must go through a screening process and demonstrate their ability to repay a mortgage and help build their home. They also offer a low cost home repair program to current homeowners in Franklin, Licking, and Madison counties.
4391 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43224
(614) 422-4828
habitatmidohio.org

HandsOn Central Ohio

This comprehensive information and referral service connects those in need with thousands of social service, government and community resources. They help find a solution to any need. Free and confidential, available throughout Franklin County 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
195 North Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215

  • Information Referral: 2-1-1
  • Homeless Hotline: (888) 474-3587
  • Foodline: (614) 341-2282 or text “Food” to (614) 702-7772

handsoncentralohio.org
HandsOn Central Ohio Online Directory of Human Services: 211centralohio.org
HandsOn Volunteer Central Ohio: volunteercentralohio.org/#

Healthy Homes

Healthy Homes is one portion of the Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy Families initiative (HNHF) started by Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The goal is to address vacant and abandoned properties in the 43205, 43206 and 43207 zip codes on the South Side of Columbus, in order to provide safe and healthy homes for individuals to live in. Programs include home buyer assistance, education, housing rehabilitation and grant home repair for existing homeowners.
611 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 355-0395
healthyhomesco.org

Hilliard Food Pantry

Provides eligible individuals with canned and boxed food, bread, produce, and personal care items, as well as utility assistance. They offer assistance to residents who live in the Hilliard City School District.
5454 Franklin Street, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
(614) 363-4159
hilliardfoodpantry.org

Homeless Families Foundation (HFF)

  • HFF Family Services works directly with families to help them move from homelessness to stable housing and self-sufficiency.
  • HFF Dowd Education Center provides STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) focused academic programming afterschool and during the summer for students in grades K-8. Additional enrichment activities are provided to enhance the students’ social skills, self-esteem, and overall health.
  • Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids (SPARK) at HFF targets three and four-year-old children, not enrolled in Pre-K, who will soon enter Kindergarten. Parent Partners provides home-based instruction for parents to help them in their role as their child’s first teacher in preparing the child for kindergarten.

33 North Grubb Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 461-9247
homelessfamiliesfoundation.org

Homeport

Provides a list of low-cost rental properties and homes, offers financial help for people who have fallen behind on mortgage payments, and gives free credit and budget counseling. They can also help people buy a home and assist with down payments.
3443 Agler Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 221-8889
homeportohio.org

Homes on the Hill Columbus Development Corporation (HOTH-CDC)

Provides affordable housing in the Hilltop Community of Columbus. They also offer homebuyer education programs, one-on-one budget, credit and financial counseling sessions, and can provide down payment assistance and mortgage counseling to prevent foreclosure.
3659 Soldano Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43228
(614) 275-4663
hoth-cdc.org

HUD (Housing & Urban Development) Resource Locator

Lists HUD rentals and homes online throughout Ohio. The HUD office in Columbus services 40 Ohio counties in central and southeastern Ohio.
200 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 469-5737
resources.hud.gov
HUD in Ohio: portal.hud.gov

IMPACT Community Action

Provide income-based case management services, emergency assistance services, financial services, computer literacy and workforce development programs. Most of the programs are for Franklin County residents living at or below 125% of the Federal Poverty Level.

  • Emergency assistance services: household items, burial support, rent/mortgage, transportation, water and energy (HEAP) assistance, food giveaways during the summer
  • Empowerment services: computer classes, financial services, re-entry program, programs for foster youth and youth, ages 14-24 not enrolled in school and are not employed, workforce development/employment, vocational training and certification, mobile medical unit in partnership with the Breathing Association
  • Energy assistance services: free home repairs through their Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP) and energy efficient lighting and refrigerator/freezer replacement through their AEP Program

700 Bryden Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215

  • General: (614) 252-2799
  • HEAP Assistance & Central Intake: (866) 747-1038
  • Workforce Development/Employment Plus Program & Re-entry Work Readiness: (614) 252-2799
  • HWAP & AEP Program: (614) 453-1603 or (614) 453-1691
  • Rental, Household Item & Water Utility Assistance: (866) 747-1040
  • Mobile Medical Unit: (614) 453-1708
  • Computer Literacy: (614) 453-1616
  • Financial Services: (614) 453-1620
  • Youth Program/AMP (Achieve More & Prosper): (614) 453-1659 or (614) 233-2671

impactca.org
AMP website: jfs.franklincountyohio.gov/amp

Joint Organization for Inner-City Needs (JOIN)

Provides limited financial assistance for water and fuel for low-income people whose utilities have been shut-off or have a shut-off notice. Also, offers grocery items, infant formula, clothing, coats and blankets. Makes referrals to community agencies who assist in the prevention of repeat crises.
578 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 241-2530
columbuscatholic.org/join

Joseph’s Coat of Central Ohio

Offers free clothing, personal care items, household goods, and furniture for individuals and families struggling with material poverty trying to reach sustainability.
240 Outerbelt Street, Columbus, Ohio 43213
(614) 863-1371
josephs-coat.org

Lancaster-Fairfield County Charity Newsies

Provides clothing (jackets, pants, shirts, hats, gloves and a shoe voucher) for children grades K-12 in Lancaster-Fairfield County free of charge.
PO Box 1443, Lancaster, Ohio 43130
For assistance, 2-1-1
Office:  (740) 687-9469
charitynewsies1936.com

Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC)

Provides free civil legal assistance and guidance to low income residents and senior citizens of Columbus and Central Ohio (residents of Franklin, Madison, Delaware, Marion, Morrow and Union counties). Legal Aid attorneys may be able to assist you with the following types of cases or legal problems: consumer law, family law, housing, public benefits, reentry, seniors, tax, veterans, education and “Brief Advice” clinics.

  • Columbus Office:
    1108 City Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
    Intake: (614) 241-2001 or (888) 246-4420 Toll-free
    General Inquiries: (614) 224-8374 or (877) 224-8374 Toll-free
  • Marion Office:
    150 Oak Street, Marion, Ohio 43302
    (740) 383-2161 or (888) 301-2411 Toll-free

columbuslegalaid.org

Licking County Coalition for Housing (LCCH)

A one-stop shop for housing resources in Licking County. They assist low-income people and anyone needing to find more affordable housing, or those who are at risk of utility disconnection. They also offer financial coaching, personal finance classes and foreclosure prevention services.
Physical Address: 23 South Park Place, Newark, Ohio 43058
Mailing Address: PO Box 613, Newark, Ohio 43058
(877) 421-5224 Toll-free or (740) 345-1970
lcchousing.org

Lower Lights Ministries (LLM)

A faith-based organization that serves individuals, families and Franklinton community members. They offer transitional housing for previously incarcerated women, free meals, leadership training; tutoring, mentoring and youth programs. They also provide housing, finance, employment, education, life coaching and addiction recovery services. Visit the website for more information on the programs they offer.
1066 Bellows Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
(614) 228-3855
lowerlights.org

MASH (Military & Service Heroes) Pantry

Provides food, clothing, personal hygiene items, emotional support and other resources to veterans, active duty personnel, reservists, military families and survivors.
Physical Address: Victorious Living Christian Center
2375 Columbus Street, Grove City, Ohio 43123
Mailing Address: 829 Bethel Road, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 522-1555
mashpantry.org

Maternity Resource Center (MRC)

Provides free maternity clothes and infant and toddler clothing. Diapers, bottles, and baby equipment are also provided, subject to availability.
Baptists for Life
3417 Palmetto Street, Columbus, Ohio 43204
(614) 272-7038
bflco.org/maternity-resource-center

Matthew 25:35 Ministry

Offers shower and laundry for the homeless on a first come, first serve basis, haircuts for the homeless and a clothing pantry, by appointment only. Visit the website or call for days these resources are available.
649 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-4773
Clothing Pantry: (614) 224-4770
matt2535ministry.com

Move to Prosper

Provides access to affordable rental homes for very low income households with children ages 13 and under in Gahanna, Dublin, Olentangy and Hilliard school districts. They offer workshops and coaching on reaching your financial, career, educational and wellness goals for you and your family. Visit the website for application information.
Ebner Building – Columbus Jewish Foundation
1070 College Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43209
movetoprosper.org

National Church Residences

Helps low-income families, single persons and seniors find quality affordable housing throughout Ohio. Also assists homeless and people with disabilities.
2335 North Bank Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43220
(800) 388-2151 or (614) 442-4390 TDD
nationalchurchresidences.org/services/housing

Neighborhood Bridges

A charitable organization that helps match families in need with local businesses, volunteers and service organizations that offer resources such as food, tutoring, volunteering, clothing, supplies and more.
200 East Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington, Ohio 43085

Neighborhood Services (NSI)

Offers assistance programs, with their primary service area including 43201, 43202, 43210 and 43211. Services also include: food pantry, free clothing to children and adults, monthly free fresh produce markets, free tax preparation with American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), back to school programs, Holiday Food programs, Christmas Gift Adoptions program, and Ohio Benefit Bank services.
1950 North Fourth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 297-0592
neighborhoodservicesinc.org

Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel (OCC)

Provides a variety of free publications to help consumers understand current utility (like electric, natural gas, telephone and water) issues. They also provide free knowledgeable outreach and education professionals to talk about a variety of topics to groups.
10 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 466-8574 or (877) 742-5622
www.occ.ohio.gov

Ohio Benefit Bank (OBB)

A one-stop place where Ohioans with a low to moderate income can check eligibility for benefits such as child care help, home energy assistance, free tax preparation services and children’s health care insurance. Click on QuickCheck to find out if you are eligible for benefits. Once determining eligibility, you can find a Benefit Bank near where you live.
101 East Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Consumer Assistance Hotline: (800) 648-1176
ohiobenefits.org

Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

Provides lead poisoning prevention programs throughout Ohio. Ohio residents can borrow vacuum cleaners to help free their home of lead dust.
246 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 668-5323 or (614) 466-1450
odh.ohio.gov/odhprograms/eh/lp_prev/lp_prev1.aspx

Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) Energy Assistance Programs

Provides heating and cooling assistance and utility discounts, with eligibility based on household income. The HEAP program offers a one-time payment for utility customers during the winter and summer throughout Ohio. Call or download an application from the website. They also provide weatherization services.
77 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43216
(800) 282-0880 or 7-1-1 TDD
development.ohio.gov/is/is_energyassist.htm

Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA)

Helps the development, rehabilitation and financing of low- to moderate-income rental housing. Offers programs for first-time homebuyers, renters, and others find affordable housing that meets their needs. Offers low-interest loans and down payment assistance to qualified homebuyers. Other programs include assistance for recent college grads and low-interest loans for firefighters, teachers, police officers, military personnel and health care workers.
57 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 466-7970 or (888) 362-6432 Toll-free or (800) 750-0750 TDD
ohiohome.org

Ohio State University (OSU) Extension

Works with families and children, farmers and business owners, community leaders and elected officials to build better lives, better businesses and better communities in Ohio. Many programs fall into four categories, including;

Franklin County Office: 530 West Spring Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 866-6900
extension.osu.edu
Locate an Extension Office: extension.osu.edu/lao

Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO)

Assistance is available for both gas and electric bills. The assistance may be in the form of a reduction of heating bills and/or a set amount based on household income. The PUCO website gives information on how to sign up, who is eligible and what programs are available.
180 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(800) 686-7826 or (614) 466-3292 or 7-1-1 TDD
puco.ohio.gov

Rebuilding Together Central Ohio

Offers a low cost tool lending library, that has over 5,000 tools. Yearly membership is offered on a sliding scale, based upon income (up to $40 a year). The only restrictions to become a member is to live in Franklin County and own your home or have permission from the property owner (no income restrictions). They also offer free home repair and maintenance to income-eligible seniors and people with disabilities. And their website has information about lead safety.
2771 East Fourth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 258-6392
rtcentralohio.org

Refuge Ministries

Provides faith-based, free residential rehabilitation services, including addiction recovery for men and women ages 18 and older. They help men and women transition from homelessness to home-ownership.
PO Box 163173, Columbus, Ohio 43216
(614) 991-0131
therefugeohio.org

Resident Resources Network (RRN)

Helps connect residents of Wallick Communities and other affordable housing communities to supportive services. Services are coordinated through on-site Service Coordinators who make referrals to local community organizations, and bring resources on-site (like financial/emergency, educational, employment, health and wellness and legal assistance).
160 West Main Street, New Albany, Ohio 43054
(614) 552-5668
residentresources.org
Information about Wallick Communities: wallickcommunities.com/apartments/Ohio-apartments

SafeLink Wireless

This is a national program that provides one free cell phone to one household or those who live in shelters, public housing or can be considered as their own separate household living in a family setting. Requirements for eligibility are based on the applicant meeting federal poverty criteria or participation in a state or government support program; such as food stamps or medical, for example. SafeLink representatives will help determine eligibility.
9700 Northwest 112th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33178
Enrollment and Plan Changes Support: (800) 723-3546
Technical Support Only: (800) 378-1684
safelinkwireless.com

Salvation Army

Offer various services for Central Ohio families throughout the year. Their services include: an in-residence rehabilitation program, after school learning centers for youth to get tutoring and homework help, job help, Christmas assistance; free meals and produce giveaways, furniture assistance, housing and rent assistance, utility assistance and veteran support services. Visit the website for their Family Thrift Store locations in Central Ohio and for more information on each program.

  • Administrative Office
    966 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 221-6561
  • Chapel at Worthington Woods Worship and Service Center
    760 Worthington Woods Boulevard, Worthington, Ohio 43085
    (614) 846-1884
  • Citadel Worship and Service Center
    3662 Karl Road, Columbus, Ohio 43224
    (614) 262-9611
  • Delaware Worship and Service Center
    340 Lake Street, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 369-5301
  • East Main Worship and Service Center
    966 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 253-6811
  • Hilltop Worship and Service Center
    2300 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43204
    (614) 274-7600

co.salvationarmy.org/CentralOhio
Link to Family Thrift Store list: co.salvationarmy.org/CentralOhio/family-stores-in-central-ohio

Serving Our Neighbors (SON) Ministries

Offers free programming and connects families facing suburban poverty in Hilliard to resources. Programs include a summer lunch program for children, ESL classes, a legal clinic, a monthly job readiness clinic, winter coat store and more.
Upper Arlington Lutheran Church (UALC) at Mill Run
3500 Mill Run Drive, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
(614) 586-7939
son-ministries.org

Somali Community Association of Ohio (SCAO)

Provides a variety of services for Somali youth and adults.

  • Immigration and citizenship programs and community advocacy
  • Housing availability and affordability guidance
  • English Second Language (ESL) classes
  • Employment assistance and job training
  • Youth development and summer programs
  • Interpretation and translation services
  • Case management

3422 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43224
(614) 262-4068
somaliohio.org

Southeast, Inc. Friends of the Homeless Program

Provides support to homeless men and women through emergency shelter, transitional and supportive/permanent housing. These services are available to persons living with certain medical conditions and chronically homeless people.
924 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 360-0251
fohcolumbus.com

Stone Village Church Outreach Ministries

Offer vouchers that cover the cost of an Ohio identification card and an Ohio Birth Certificate. Only a few are offered every week.
139 East Second Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 579-5493
stonevillagechurch.org/outreach

Stowe Mission of Central Ohio

A faith-based, non-profit organization that provide various services including, a community kitchen, tutoring, adult literacy and GED prep classes; school supply giveaway, Christmas toy giveaway, food pantry, pregnancy support; vision, dental, eye clinic, and healthcare with the Mount Carmel Mobile Medical Coach, and family events.
Physical Address: 888 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
Mailing Address: PO Box 6341, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 445-8400
stowemission.org
Stowe Pregnancy Resource Center: stoweprc.org

The Residences At Career Gateway (RCG)

Multifamily workforce development that consists of 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom units of multifamily housing and provides training and support service space for resident and project partners.
Property Address: 755 East Whittier Street, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 369-3712 or RCG Training Center: (614) 445-7342, ext. 24
residencesatcareergateway.com
Training Center: 4allpeople.org/rcg-training-center

Tom Fennessy / Mike Harden Back-to-School Project

Provides backpacks filled with school supplies for children in grades K-12 who otherwise might not be able to afford them.
PO Box 12234, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 488-4250
tomfennessy.org

Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program (UMADAOP) of Franklin County

Offers after-school, in-school and summer youth programs, family needs assistance, reentry programs, counseling services, drug treatment, crisis intervention and more. Visit the website for a detailed description of their services.
510 East Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 227-9694
umadaopfc.com

Victory Ministries Center of Hope

In the Center of Hope facility their services include: a food pantry (appointment required), provide free clothing and bedding sheets, free medical and vision care, clinical counseling, and Literacy Now tutoring program.
3964 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43213
(614) 252-2500
victorycoh.org

Vineyard Community Center

Offers a variety of services and programs some include an early childhood center, after-school and summer programs, sports and exercise programs, a free health clinic and free legal clinic, as well as immigration counseling services. Other programs include daytime and evening GED prep classes, English as a Second Language (ESL), Ohio Benefit Bank counseling, programs for homeschoolers, men’s and women’s support and recovery groups, marriage and parenting programs, financial counseling, career development services, dance, art, and music classes, and much more.
6000 Cooper Road, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 259-5500
vineyardcommunitycenter.org

Volunteers of America Operation Backpack

Distributes new backpacks and school supplies to Central Ohio children in need every year.
1776 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 253-6100
voago.org/operationbackpack

Welcome Warehouse

Located inside Indian Run United Methodist Church, the Welcome Warehouse offers programs to assist Dublin area families who are temporarily in need. Those programs include: Adopt-A-Family, Welcome Warehouse Free Shop, Mobile Free Shops, Bed Donation Program, Back to School Outreach and Emergency Household Assistance.
6305 Brand Road, Dublin, Ohio 43016
(614) 726-6958
welcomewarehouse.org

Westside Free Store Ministries

Provides free clothing and small household items for pregnant women, infants, children and adults. They also offer lunch, pastries and hot and cold beverages for shoppers.
61 South Powell Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204
(614) 351-5480
westsiefreestore.org

YMCA of Central Ohio

Provides programs focused on 3 areas: Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. Their programs, services and initiatives are for men, women and children of all ages covering health and fitness, swimming, age-specific activities, child care, camps, programming for children with special needs and more. Visit the website or contact a YMCA center for more information.
YMCA Administrative Office: 40 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 389-4409
ymcacolumbus.org
YMCA Locations: ymcacolumbus.org/locations

YWCA

Provide affordable housing for women recovering from drug-related, alcohol-related, and mental illnesses. Services include: wellness and recovery support, computer and internet access, employment assistance, financial literacy classes, GED program and more. The YWCA Family Center provides emergency shelter and critical services including, family assistance, family advocacy, childcare, employment and resource center to help central Ohio families find housing. The YWCA Kids Place offers affordable childcare during the school year and summer programs for families in Gahanna and Westerville school districts. They also provide leadership training for high school girls and women in their 20’s.

  • Center for Women
    65 South Fourth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 224-9121
  • YWCA Family Center
    900 Harvey Court, Columbus, Ohio 43219
    (614) 253-3910

ywcacolumbus.org