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:
788 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
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
Bicycling resources for all ages and levels of riders. A Community Development for All People program, sponsored in part by our Healthy Neighborhoods Healthy Families initiative, Bikes For All People provides access to bicycles and cycling-related resources to those who rely on bikes as their sole means of transportation. They also accept donations and offer new and pre-owned bikes, parts, tools and cycling gear, group rides, free maintenance classes and an open repair shop.
934 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
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
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
This program provides free clothing and household items to families in need, affordable housing on the South Side of Columbus, an after school program at Lincoln Park Elementary, 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
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
Provides assistance and advice on creating a safe home environment. This program is for eligible residents in Columbus and Worthington. Services include:
240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Healthy Homes Contact: (614) 645-8191
Lead Poisoning Contact: (614) 724-6000
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 ext. 240
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
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
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
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 43222
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
They provide emergency financial assistance, helping families with rent, utilities, prescriptions, access to The Breathing Association mobile medical unit, and other critical needs. Support families involved with protective services through case management, linkage to community resources, and parenting and financial literacy classes. Also, they help stabilize and support Franklin County families at risk of becoming homeless.
183 Hawkes Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
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
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, seven days a week. They also answer all homelessness calls and makes referrals to area shelters for families or single persons through the homeless hotline (888) 474-3587.
195 North Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
2-1-1 or (614) 221-6766
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
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
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
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
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
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
Faith-based organization that serves individuals, families and Franklinton community members. Services include:
1066 Bellows Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
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
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
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
Offers free money management/financial education workshops, HUD-certified, City of Columbus approved homebuyer education, nutritional education programs (EFNEP and SNAP-Ed); community 4-H Youth Development clubs, school enrichment, after-school and STEM programming for a minimal fee, urban agriculture education programs and more.
Franklin County Office: 530 West Spring Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
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
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
Provides a variety of services for Somali youth and adults.
3422 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43224
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
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
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