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Broad Street United Methodist Church Manna Cafe & Open Shelter

Dinner is served every Wednesday through the Manna Cafe’. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday the Open Shelter provides dinner and other emergency needs. Call for serving times. They also provide holiday assistance, emergency assistance, and host their Heart of the City CDF Freedom Schools’ summer program.
501 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 221-4571
broadstreetumc.net/ministries/serving-others

Goodwill Columbus

Offers work programs, residential services, 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.
1331 Edgehill Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 583-0354 or (614) 583-0293 TTY
goodwillcolumbus.org

Columbus Urban League (CUL)

The Columbus Urban League (CUL) is 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 initiatives 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

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
www.dollarenergy.org

AEP Home Energy & Weatherization Programs

Want to save money by figuring out where energy is being lost in your home? AEP has several home energy saving 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: www.aepohio.com/save/residential/programs/SMARTCommunityAssist.aspx
Payment Assistance: www.aepohio.com/save/residential/Payments
Energy Saving Tips: www.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
English (800) 277-2177 or Spanish (888) 216-3505
aepohio.com

American Legion

They award college scholarships to military veterans and their families. Their Family Support Network offers immediate assistance for household needs, utilities and food to military families directly affected by Operation Iraqi Freedom and America’s War on Terrorism. 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
www.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. 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 Spanish
www.att.com/gen/general?pid=10252

Breathing Association

Offers chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma and Ohio Benefit Bank (OBB) services; and 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 Presbyterian Church: COMPASS (Homelessness Prevention)

COMPASS is an emergency assistance program 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
www.bspc.org

Capital University Legal Clinic

Provides legal assistance to low-income people regarding housing issues such as eviction, landlord-tenant disputes and fair housing issues.
303 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 236-6245
http://law.capital.edu

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.
P.O. Box 542, Groveport, Ohio 43125
(614) 586-4017
www.center4gmhn.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.com

Church and Community Development for All People (CD4AP)

This program provides free 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. Go online to find out more information about different programs.
946 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
Main Phone: (614) 445-7342
Free Store Phone: (614) 443-1713
4allpeople.org

City of Columbus Department of Development

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) 645-7795
columbus.gov/development

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 in Spanish or English.
910 Dublin Road, Columbus OH 43215
(614) 645-8276
www.columbus.gov/utilities

City of Columbus Housing Code Enforcement

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:
(614) 645-3111
http://311.columbus.gov

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 afterschool program provides a safe and nurturing environment for youth in grades K-5 at various locations. They offer homework assistance, tutoring with a reading specialist, individual reading time, and activities that foster youth’s development of appropriate social skills.
  • The Kindship 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, and therefore helps them maintain stability in their education.

Office: 3222 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43202
Food Pantry: 14 West Lakeview Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43202
(614) 268-3539
clintonvillecrc.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. Customers who use a medical certificate must enter into a payment plan or be subject to disconnection. Medical certificates may be renewed two additional times and may not exceed 90 days per household in a 12-month period.
290 West Nationwide Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(800) 344-4077
www.columbiagasohio.com

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 (the Family Self-Sufficiency Program).
880 East Eleventh Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211
(614) 421-6091
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 (Lead Poisoning Prevention Program)
  • 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

Community for New Direction (CND)

Their elementary and middle school youth programs include: Young Ambassadors for Peace (YAP) an anti-bullying, violence prevention and leadership development program for schools and a summer day camp. CND’s programs for older youth focus on leadership development, job readiness, secondary education and employment opportunities. Their high school youth programs include: a job readiness program titled Future Opportunities Created for Urban Students (FOCUS), intergenerational mentorship, an annual historically black college and university tour and a violence intervention program titled Application for Purpose Pride and Success (APPS). CND offers emergency support services on a case-by-base basis, parenting services and addiction counseling for adults.

  • 2323 West Fifth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204 (Administrative Office)
    (614) 272-1464
  • 993 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205 (Near East Office)
    (614) 257-0305
  • 2096 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223 (West Office)
    (614) 272-1464

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
www.chninc.org

Community Kitchen

Offers many services and has a ‘no questions asked policy.’ Free breakfast and lunch is served Monday through Saturday. Families of Southeast Columbus are provided with referrals to community agencies at their family resource drop-in center on Tuesdays through Fridays and work to prevent homelessness. They provide bus passes for transportation to a new job or confirmed medical appointments and referrals to other community agencies.
640 South Ohio Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 252-6428 ext. 240
communitykitchencolumbus.org

Community Properties of Ohio (CPO)

Provides Section 8 and low-income affordable housing, with an emphasis around OSU and the near east side. Their goal is to connect residents to community resources and strengthen families.
910 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(888) 631-3869, press 2
www.cpoms.org

Creative Housing

Provides safe, 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 (formerly Ohio Legal Rights Services)

Provides legal advocacy and rights protection throughout Ohio for people who are developmentally disabled, mentally ill or have other physical and mental disabilities. This includes assisting individuals with problems such as abuse, neglect, discrimination, access to assistive technology devices, special education, housing, employment, voting, community integration, and rights protection issues within the juvenile and criminal justice systems.
50 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(800) 282-9181 or TTY (800) 858-3542
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
www.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

Equitas Health (formerly AIDS Resource Center (ARC) Ohio)

Provides low-income housing, rental subsidies and financial assistance to people living with HIV and AIDS.  In addition, they offer free anonymous HIV/AIDS testing and free testing for other STDs (syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia), behavior health, dentistry, legal services; medical, pharmacy, and HIV/STI prevention programs and services.
4400 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 299-2437
equitashealth.com

EveryoneOn

Find low-cost Internet and affordable computers in your area. EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit working to eliminate the digital divide by making high-speed, low-cost Internet service and computers, and free digital literacy courses accessible to all unconnected Americans. Those featured have met their minimum service and price standards and are committed to working with EveryoneOn in helping connect families and individuals.
718 Seventh Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001
(855) 387-9166
everyoneon.org

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. 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
www.995hope.org

Franklin County Public Health Community Services

The community environmental services team can inspect housing conditions, housing violations, weeds, rats and much more. They also investigate animal bites and provide low-cost rabies immunizations. Additionally, they provide a limited number of free home radon test kits to Franklin County residents.
280 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 525-3160
www.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

Gertrude Wood Community Foundation (GWCF)

GWCF promotes family stability and empowerment through educational, social and community-based services and affordable housing for youth and families living in the Driving Park Area and surrounding communities. They offer mentoring programs for youth ages 10-18, scholarships to graduating high school seniors, annual school supply giveaways, provide free fresh produce and food items, financial literacy classes, and more.
975 Bulen Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 252-7456
gwoodfoundation.com

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

Greater Hilltop Area Shalom Zone

Faith based, non-profit organization based in Columbus’ Hilltop community. Some of their programs include Hilltop teen club, teen free store, basketball at their gym, their no-cost Westside CDF (Children’s Defense Fund) Freedom School, mentoring program, produce distribution, free legal clinic and more.
1665 Harrisburg Pike, Columbus, Ohio, 43223
(614) 398-1230
hilltopshalomzone.org

Grove City Emergency Services

Provides money payable toward rent, home payments, electric or gas bills for area residents. Families must live in zip codes 43146, 43126, or 43123 and have a shut-off or eviction notice.  Call directly for financial help office hours.
2710 Columbus Street, Grove City, Ohio 43123
(614) 871-1334
Foodline: (614) 341-2282
www.grovecityfoodpantry.org

Habitat for Humanity

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.
3140 Westerville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43224
(614) 422-4828
www.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) 341-2281 or text (614) 702-7772
handsoncentralohio.org
HondsOn Central Ohio Online Directory of Human Services: 211centralohio.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 or (614) 355-0344
healthyhomesco.org

Homeless Families Foundation (HFF)

  • HFF’s Family Services works directly with families to help them move from homelessness to stable housing and self-sufficiency. This is a combined effort of the Case Managers, a Housing Liaison, and Resource Specialists.
  • HFF’s Dowd Education Center programs include: Project Based Learning, Literacy Program, Parent Participation Night, and Nutrition Program. Other activities include a curriculum based arts program, recreation program, field trips and other enrichment activities to enhance the students’ social skills, self-esteem, and overall health.
  • Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids (SPARK): The target population is three and four-year-old children, not enrolled in Pre-K, who will enter Kindergarten the following year. Each Parent Partner provides monthly home visits and works directly with a parent/family member, to support their role as the child’s first teacher.

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. Classes are free.
3443 Agler Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 221-8889
www.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
www.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 case management services, emergency assistance services, financial services, computer literacy and workforce development programs for a diverse group of people.

  • Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) helps households prevent energy service disruptions, restore disconnected services, and/or secure seasonal heating and cooling energy needs.
  • The Winter Crisis Program (WCP) serves income-eligible households in Franklin County by providing a one-time payment toward a utility bill if service is in threat of disconnection, is terminated, is new service, or if the service is being transferred.
  • The Emergency Assistance Program provides financial and material support on behalf of customers in crisis situations, including homelessness prevention, home furnishings, and critical transportation needs.
  • Fresh Produce Giveaway Program
  • The HEAP Summer Crisis Program (SCP) provides electric utility assistance and/or free air conditioners and/or fans to income-eligible households Franklin County.
  • Workforce Development/Employment Plus Program provides a five-week training to help dislocated and disadvantaged workers secure and maintain employment.
  • The REACH Program is for ages 16 to 24, who currently are not enrolled in school and are not employed. The program consists of a 10-Week Bootcamp, which will offer program participants paid work experiences, career-specific certifications, work readiness training, computer literacy, financial literacy, life skills and employability coaching.
  • Re-Entry Work Readiness Program teaches critical skills and techniques to ex-offenders who are within one year of release from incarceration.

700 Bryden Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 252-2799
HEAP: (866) 747-1038
Emergency Assistance: (866) 747-1040
impactca.org

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.
578 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 241-2530
colsdioc.org

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

Legal Aid Society of Columbus

Provides free legal assistance to residents of Franklin, Madison, Delaware, Marion, Morrow and Union counties. They also offer free legal reviews to all homeowners who have questions regarding their mortgages.
1108 City Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 224-8374
www.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.
23 South Park Place, Newark, Ohio 43058
(877) 421-5224
www.lcchousing.org

Lower Lights Ministries (LLM)

Faith-based organization that serves individuals, families and Franklinton community members. Services include:

1066 Bellows Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
(614) 228-3855
lowerlights.org

Maternity Resource Center (MRC)

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

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
www.nationalchurchresidences.org

Neighborhood Services (NSI)

Distributes backpacks, writing utensils, paper, calculators, pens, and other school essentials to children in grades K to 12 living in zip codes 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); 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
(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) 532-3723
www.odh.ohio.gov

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
development.ohio.gov

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
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
Franklin County Extension: franklin.osu.edu

Online Bedbug Resources

Here are some online resources to combat bedbugs:
Tuck Bed Bug Guide
CDC Bed Bug Information

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
www.puco.ohio.gov

Rebuilding Together Central Ohio

Offers a free tool lending library, that has over 5,000 tools, to people and non-profit organizations. There are some income restrictions to being a Tool Library Member. They also offer free home repair and maintenance to income-eligible seniors and people with disabilities. Their website also has information about lead safety.
2771 East Fourth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 258-6392
rtcentralohio.org

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
(800) 378-1684 or (800) 867-7183
www.safelinkwireless.com

Salvation Army Neighborhood Centers

Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores are loaded with gently used clothing, furniture and household items. Stores also offer shoppers the opportunity to baby supplies, purchase sporting equipment, books, electronics and much more at bargain prices.

    • Citadel Worship and Service Center
      3662 Karl Road, Columbus, Ohio 43224
      (614) 262-9611
    • 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
    • Chapel at Worthington Woods Worship and Service Center
      760 Worthington Woods Boulevard, Worthington, Ohio 43085
      (614) 846-1884

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

Salvation Army Utility Assistance

Utility assistance is seasonal and is available by appointment only. If you need utility assistance, please locate the caseworker assigned to your zipcode by clicking the link below.
966 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 221-6561
co.salvationarmy.org/CentralOhio

Save the Dream Ohio

Administered by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) families can call the Save the Dream Ohio Hotline to speak with a certified housing counselor who can help them avoid losing their homes by foreclosure. To learn if you qualify for assistance with your mortgage visit the website.
57 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(888) 404-4674
http://savethedream.ohio.gov

Somali Community Association of Ohio (SCAO)

Provides a variety of services for Somali youth and adults.

    • Free adult English (ESOL) classes and after school programs for Somali youth
    • Legal services, including help with immigration problems, landlord-tenant disputes and workplace issues
    • Help with school concerns and personal needs
    • Translation services and job help
    • Housing assistance
    • Family counseling and support to Somali women who are victims of domestic violence
    • Shelter referrals

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

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

Stowe Mission of Central Ohio

Is a faith-based, non-profit organization that provide various services including, a community soup kitchen, tutoring, dental clinic, school supply giveaway, summer youth programs, Christmas Toy Chest giveaway, food pantry, vision and eye clinic, and healthcare with the Mt. Carmel Mobile Medical Coach.
Physical Address: 888 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
Mailing Address: PO Box 6341, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 445-8400
stowemission.org

Tom Fennessy / Mike Harden Back-to-School Project

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

Victory Ministries Center of Hope

In the Center of Hope facility their services include: a food pantry, 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

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

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

Provides single men over age 18 low cost private rooms in downtown Columbus that can be rented on a monthly basis. The rooms are safe and convenient, and residents have access to computers, phones, and laundry facilities. Counselors help with job searches, health care, transportation assistance and drug and alcohol dependency.
40 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-1142
www.ymcacolumbus.org

YWCA

Provides housing for single women over age 18 who are formerly homeless and struggling with mental illness, as well as low-income women over age 18. They work with each resident to create an individualized plan for personal and professional growth, with programs ranging from addiction counseling to GED tutoring.
21 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Family Center: 900 Harvey Court, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 224-9121, ext. 1275
Family Center: (614) 253-3910
www.ywcacolumbus.org