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General Housing Resources

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.
4500 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43213
(800) 355-2227

Broad Street Presbyterian Church

COMPASS is an emergency assistance program that can help with the last $100 of rent one time in a 12 month period for tenants who have an eviction notice.  Call for details.
760 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 463-9612

Center for Groveport Madison Human Needs

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

City of Refuge Point of Impact

Helps people on the east side and general Columbus find low-cost housing. Centered at the First Church of God on Refugee Road.
3480 Refugee Road, Columbus, Ohio 43232
(614) 231-9564

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

Columbus Urban League Housing Services Department

Offers assistance finding an affordable home or rental and provides help with landlord-tenant issues. They provide housing counseling and foreclosure prevention services, distribute lists of affordable rentals, and conduct classes on renting and buying homes.
788 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 257-6300, ext. 300

Community Kitchen

Free breakfast and lunch is served Monday through Saturday.  Call for serving times. All are welcome. They provide families of Southeast Columbus with referrals to community agencies at their family resource drop-in center on Tuesdays through Fridays.  Provides many services and has a ‘no questions asked policy.’ They provide bus passes for transportation to a new job or confirmed medical appointments and referrals to other community agencies. They also provide food to the homeless and work to prevent homelessness.
640 South Ohio Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 252-6428

Community Properties of Ohio

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

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.  Contact directly for more information.
6253 Old Avery Road, Dublin, Ohio  43016
(614) 333-6207

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

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.
118 South Yale Avenue, Columbus, Ohio
(614) 272-9544

Gladden Community House

Assists with housing, tenant rights, school system issues and neighborhood safety in zip codes 43222, 43223 and 43215. Offers limited help for rent, prescriptions and utilities when available.
183 Hawkes Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
(614) 227-1600

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.
3140 Westerville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43224
(614) 422-4828

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, 2-1-1 is available throughout Franklin County 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  They also answer all homelessness calls and makes referrals to area shelters for families or single persons through the shelter hotline (888) 4-SHELTR or (888) 474-3587 .
195 North Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
2-1-1 or (614) 221-6766

Homeowner Help Line

Call Hands On at 2-1-1 for help saving your home. It’s a free service, and you do not have to have a low-income to receive counseling. They can also help homeowners and lenders to work out options for payment before and after the foreclosure is filed. The website contains useful information on local foreclosure resources and predatory lending.
195 North Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 221-2255
HandsOn: 2-1-1


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

Homes on the Hill CDC

Provides affordable housing in the Hilltop Community of Columbus. They also offer a homeownership education program in Spanish and English and can provide down payment assistance and mortgage counseling to prevent foreclosure.
3659 Soldano Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43228
(614) 275-4663

Housing Locator of HUD

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

Licking County Coalition for Housing

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

Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission

Helps families who are currently in default or in threat of foreclosure. Counselors can work with families to find a solution. They also offer financial assistance to eligible families in paying their mortgages and making their homes more energy efficient.
111 Liberty Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 228-2663

National Church Residences

Helps low-income families, single persons and seniors find quality affordable housing throughout Ohio. Also assists homeless and disabled individuals.
2335 North Bank Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43220
(800) 388-2151

Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA)

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

Ohio State University Extension Community Outreach Center

Offers grants, programs and services to first time home buyers. The OSU Extension has offices throughout Ohio and offers many different classes on money management, home ownership and financial education.
175 East 7th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 247-1983


Rebuilding Together Central Ohio

Offers a free tool lending library that has over 4,500 tools. The library loans tools to individuals and to non-profit organizations for periods of 1, 3, or 7 days, depending on the tool. There are no 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

Save the Dream Ohio

Families can call the Save the Dream Ohio Hotline to speak with a certified housing counselor who can help them avoid losing their homes. The online site provides a list of upcoming community events throughout Ohio.
57 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(888) 404-4674

Somali Community Association of Ohio

Provides housing assistance to Somali refugees and immigrants.
3422 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43224
(614) 262-4068

Washington County (Marietta, OH) Basic Needs Guide

Provides a listing of community agencies that serve Washington County residents. Many of the resources provide help with food, housing, medical and other social needs. Click here to view the guide.

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, Clothing Warehouse, Furniture Match Program, Multi-lingual and Mobile Computer Labs, Back to School Outreach and Emergency Household Assistance.  Call for details.
6305 Brand Road, Dublin, Ohio  43016
(614) 726-6958


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) 224-1131


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.
65 South Fourth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-9121, ext. 1275