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Legal & Financial Help

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

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

Break the Cycle

Provides in depth dating abuse programs exclusively to young people ages 12 to 24. Teens can go online to ask confidential, anonymous questions about dating violence, learn facts about abuse and find out how to protect themselves. They also offer youth leadership and education opportunities, legal services and are involved with advocacy.
PO Box 20035, Washington, DC 20035
(202) 824-0707
breakthecycle.org

Central Ohio Crime Stoppers

Allows people to report anonymous crime tips by going online or calling their number.
120 Marconi Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 461-8477
stopcrime.org

City of Columbus Domestic Violence & Stalking Unit

Provides education, support, counseling, crisis intervention and overall help for victims of domestic violence and stalking. Specialized prosecutors handle cases for victims that are high risk, including children.
375 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-6232
columbuscityattorney.org/prosecution-dv.aspx

Columbus Division of Police

Individuals can submit a report immediately through the online reporting system and print a copy of the police report for free. Other prevention and alert information is also available.
120 Marconi Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Non-Emergency: (614) 645-4545
columbus.gov/police

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

Community Mediation Services 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 Refugee & Immigration Services (CRIS)

Serves refugees, asylees and immigrants in central Ohio by providing the following services:

  • Free employment counseling, skills training and job placement help
  • Services for new refugees for the first 3 months of their arrival in the U.S
  • ESOL (English) classes and translation services
  • Immigration legal programs, including help with citizenship applications, notary services, visa extensions, green card applications, immigration photos and work authorization
  • Counseling and support to limited English proficient (LEP) people who are victims of crimes or trafficking
  • Health and wellness programs

New clients are seen on a first-come, first-served walk-in basis during open immigration intake at the east office. After paying an initial fee, clients can meet with one of the lawyers.
1925 East Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 235-5747
crisohio.org

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Franklin County

Helps abused and neglected children in need of a powerful voice to speak up for their best interest. CASA volunteers are appointed by the court to advocate for children and help them obtain a safe, permanent home.
373 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 525-7450
casacolumbus.org

Do More Foundation

Offers financial assistance for families who need financial help due to a medically needy child. Includes help with utility/rent bills, meal expenses while at the hospital, gas expenses for travel to and from hospital or doctor visits, non-covered medical expenses, non-covered supplies that would aid the child in their treatment and funeral expenses related to the death of a child. Complete an online application to apply for assistance.
P.O. Box 1981, Pompano Beach, Florida 33061
(954) 972-8223
thedomorefoundation.org

Fairfield County Pro Bono Clinic

Gives free legal advice to individuals who cannot afford an attorney. Services are provided on a first-come/first-served basis.
131 North High Street, Lancaster, Ohio 43130
(740) 687-0500
fairfieldcountybar.org/probono-legal-clinic

Family & Youth Law Center (FYLaw)

The Family and Youth Law Center at Capital University Law School (FYLaw) works within child welfare, adoption, and juvenile justice systems to support positive outcomes for children, youth, and families.
303 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 236-6730 or (614) 236-6768
familyyouthlaw.org

Franklin County Child Support Enforcement Agency

Enforces child support orders so payments can be made, and gives advice to parents. They can also help with establishing paternity and health insurance coverage for children.
80 East Fulton Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 525-3275
support.franklincountyohio.gov

Franklin County Children Services (FCCS)

Individuals can report child abuse or neglect in Franklin County through their 24-hour child abuse hotline or visit the office in person. Emergency placement can be provided for at-risk children and teens. When appropriate, temporary placement with relatives, foster homes, or treatment centers are coupled with services to support family reunification and reduce the level of risk to the child. They also provide information about adoptable kids and the adoption process. View the 2017 FCCS Community Resource Guide.

  • Main Office: 855 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
    (614) 275-2571
  • Intake, Assessment and Investigations: 4071 East Main Street, Whitehall, Ohio 43213
    (614) 229-7100
  • Provider Agency Concerns: 855 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
    (614) 275-2621

24-hour Child Abuse Hotline: (614) 229-7000
General Questions: (614) 229-7100
childrenservices.franklincountyohio.gov

Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Division of Domestic Relations & Juvenile Branch

Handles all domestic relations matters, including protection for victims of domestic violence. Services include mediation services, Civil Protection Orders and Juvenile Protection Orders, interpreters; Self Represented Resource Center (SRRC) for those who do not have the financial resources to retain private counsel, youth education and intervention programs, and more. Services are provided for free.
373 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 525-6640
drj.fccourts.org

Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office Victim Witness Assistance Unit

Provides information to victims and witnesses about the procedures of the criminal justice system. The Juvenile Division helps victims in cases where the offender is a parent or caretaker.
373 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 525-4440
prosecutor.franklincountyohio.gov/juvenile-division

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

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

Interfaith Legal Clinics

Local attorneys answer legal questions free of charge. Click below for locations and times.
franklincountyohio.gov

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 naturalization.

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

columbuslegalaid.org

Mental Health America of Franklin County Ombudsman Program

Helps individuals and families resolve problems related to mental health and alcohol/drug services. They can assist with many problems, including access to treatment or denial of services, medication access, medical benefits, guardianship and incarceration. Services are free and confidential.
2323 West Fifth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204
(614) 221-1441
mhafc.org/get-help/ombudsman

My Free Taxes

Prepare your taxes using this free online tool which guides the user step by step to prepare and submit their income taxes. Individuals or families must be income eligible to use MyFreeTaxes.  You may also contact HandsOn Central Ohio at the phone number below for additional information about this program, as well as other tax preparation assistance programs in central Ohio.
195 North Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
HandsOn: (614) 221-6766 or 2-1-1
Helpline: (855) 698-9435
unitedway.org/myfreetaxes/taxtime

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 for Victims of Crime

Provides an online directory of crime victim services, victims’ rights information, resources for international victims and toll-free telephone numbers.
810 Seventh Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20531
ovc.gov

Ohio Attorney General Victims of Crime Compensation Program

Provides financial help to innocent victims of violent crimes (including domestic violence, sexual assault and homicide). Payments can cover medical expenses, counseling and lost wages. The application can be submitted online.
30 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 466-4986 or (800) 582-2877
For general information: (877) 584-2846
ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Individuals-and-Families/Victims/Apply-for-Victims-Compensation.aspx

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 Crime Victim Justice Center (formerly The Justice League of Ohio)

Free legal representation to state and federal victims of crime throughout Ohio to ensure their constitutional and statutory rights are enforced and protected from the time a crime is first reported throughout the criminal justice process. They also offer Free Victims’ Rights Training to hospitals, victim advocates, law enforcement, prosecutors, courts, and the community to promote awareness of crime victims’ rights laws and to ensure consistent systemic implementation of crime victims’ rights laws.
P.O. Box 369, Powell, OH, 43065
(614) 848-8500
ocvjc.org
victimsrightstoolkit.com

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction Office of Victim Services

Offers several services for victims of crime, including crisis intervention and advocacy, information and referrals, notification regarding inmates and online resources for victims. Call the toll-free number for more information.
770 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43222
(888) 842-8464
drc.ohio.gov/victims

Ohio Hispanic Coalition

Offers several free services to the Hispanic community including:

  • Homework help and educational after school programs
  • Summer camps for Latino / Hispanic children
  • Translation and interpretation services
  • English (ESOL) and citizenship classes for adults
  • Support group for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault

100 East Campus View Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(614) 840-9934
ohiohispaniccoalition.org

Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS) Family Violence Prevention Center (FVPC)

Although they do not provide direct services to victims, they offer a lot of information about local and state programs for victims of sexual assault, hate crimes, homicide, domestic violence, teen dating violence and sexual abuse. They have brochures on teen dating violence in multiple languages and a list of domestic violence shelters.
Physical Address: 1970 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
Mailing Address: PO Box 182081, Columbus, Ohio 43218
(888) 448-4842 or (614) 466-0306
ocjs.ohio.gov/family_violence.stm

Ohio State Legal Services Association (OSLSA)

As a non-profit law firm, they oversee several offices that provide representation to low-income Ohioans in 36 Ohio counties. They provide free legal advice to people with a low income throughout Ohio. Their website has a lot of information about local rules and regulations regarding adoptions and foster care, legal rights of teenage mothers and homeless youth, employment laws, protection orders, housing/public benefits, and school rights.
1108 City Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(866) 529-6446
ohiolegalservices.org

Reeb Avenue Center

This non-profit settlement house provides a variety of programs designed to strengthen families on the south side area of Columbus. Their services include adult education and workforce development, early education child care, youth and family services, in collaboration with community partners (like Boys & Girls Club, Lutheran Social Services, Ohio Benefit Bank, Eastway Behavioral Healthcare, Flex High, Community Development for All People and South Side Roots Café).
280 Reeb Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207
(614) 468-9280
reebavenuecenter.org

Serving Our Neighbors (SON) Ministries

Serving Our Neighbors (SON) Ministries offers programming and connects families facing suburban poverty in Hilliard (Ohio) to resources. Programs include a free summer lunch program, a free Family ESL Program including ESL classes for adults and academic support for children, a legal clinic, a monthly job readiness clinic, winter coat store and more. Visit the website for the location of each program.
(614) 586-7939
son-ministries.org

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

Southeastern Ohio Legal Services (SEOLS)

Gives free legal help to low-income people throughout 30 counties in southeastern Ohio. They handle public benefits, housing, unemployment compensation, family issues, education, employment, health and other matters.

  • Administrative Office
    1108 City Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
    (800) 589-5888
  • Athens Office
    964 East State Street, Athens, Ohio 45701
    (740) 594-3558 or toll free (800) 686-3669
  • Chillicothe Office
    73 East Water Street, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601
    (740) 773-0012 or toll-free (800) 686-3668
  • New Philadelphia Office
    255 Second Street Northeast, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
    (330) 339-3998 or toll-free (800) 686-3670
  • Newark Office
    15 West Locust Avenue, Newark, Ohio 43055
    (740) 345-0850 or toll-free (888) 831-9412
  • Portsmouth Office
    National City Bank Building
    800 Gallia Street, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
    (740) 354-7563 or toll-free (800) 837-2508
  • Steubenville Office
    100 North Third Street, Steubenville, Ohio 43952
    (740) 283-4781 or toll-free (800) 837-4781

seols.org

Vineyard Columbus Immigration Counseling Services

Provides low-cost immigration legal assistance for those whose income level is under 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. We limit our practice to the following areas: green card applications, family petitions, citizenship, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, temporary protected status, and more. Call for clinic hours.
6000 Cooper Road, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 259-5322
ww2.vineyardcolumbus.org/need-help/immigration-counseling

Volunteer Income & Tax Assistance Site (VITA)

VITA sites offer free tax help to taxpayers. The program assists low to moderate-income families, people with disabilities and limited English speakers file their taxes. They help people claim all the credits and refunds they qualify for. Franklin County residents can call HandsOn Central Ohio at 2-1-1 to find a free tax help. A listing of VITA sites can also be found online.
195 North Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(800) 906-9887
irs.gov/individuals/irs-vita-grant-program