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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

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

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

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

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

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

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