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St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) Microloan Program

Provides individuals with low-interest loans. Loans will be provided for one-time expenses to individuals who can demonstrate that they can pay back the loan. Loans are for expenses such as a car repair, a home repair, educational expenses, and medical expenses not covered by insurance. They do not provide low-income loans for expenses such as rent, food, or utilities. Individuals will also be provided with their own credit union account.  They can also use this account for direct deposit of paychecks and to cash checks for free. All applicants will be visited by SVdP financial mentors or a trained community partner for an interview. The mentor will provide information on finances, as well as consumer protection information, such as how to avoid financial scams and connect to other community resources, such as free tax preparation to avoid high-interest refund anticipation loans. As a reminder, CAP4Kids recommends a thorough review of all community agencies and services to make sure they meet your needs.
197 East Gay Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Contact for Franklin County: (614) 221-3554
svdpcolumbus.org/microloan_mission
Contact for Delaware, Fairfield, Knox, Licking and Ross County: svdpcolumbus.org/contact_info

America Saves

America Saves is a website of information and resources that motivates, encourages, and supports people to save money, reduce debt and build wealth.
Consumer Federation of America
1620 Eye Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20006
(202) 387-6121
americasaves.org
Military Saves: militarysaves.org
America Saves for Young Workers: americasavesforyoungworkers.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) 857-9059
thedomorefoundation.org

IMPACT Community Action

Provides income-based case management services, emergency assistance services, financial services, computer literacy and workforce development programs. Most of the programs are for Franklin County residents living at or below 125% of the Federal Poverty Level.

  • Emergency assistance services: household items, burial support, rent/mortgage, transportation, water and energy (HEAP) assistance, food giveaways during the summer
  • Empowerment services: computer classes, financial services, re-entry program, programs for foster youth and youth, ages 14-24 not enrolled in school and are not employed (AMP program), workforce development/employment, vocational training and certification, mobile medical unit in partnership with the Breathing Association
  • Energy assistance services: free home repairs through their Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP) and energy efficient lighting and refrigerator/freezer replacement through their AEP Program

700 Bryden Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215

  • General: (614) 252-2799
  • HEAP Assistance & Central Intake: (866) 747-1038
  • Workforce Development/Employment Plus Program & Re-entry Work Readiness: (614) 252-2799
  • HWAP & AEP Program: (614) 453-1603 or (614) 453-1691
  • Rental, Household Item & Water Utility Assistance: (866) 747-1040
  • Mobile Medical Unit: (614) 453-1708
  • Computer Literacy: (614) 453-1616
  • Financial Services: (614) 453-1620
  • Youth Program/AMP (Achieve More & Prosper): (614) 453-1659 or (614) 233-2671

impactca.org
AMP website: jfs.franklincountyohio.gov/amp

Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC) & Ohio Legal Aid

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 “Brief Advice” clinics.

  • Columbus Office:
    1108 City Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
    Intake: (614) 241-2001 or (888) 246-4420 Toll-free
    General Inquiries: (614) 224-8374 or (877) 224-8374 Toll-free
  • Marion Office:
    150 Oak Street, Marion, Ohio 43302
    (740) 383-2161 or (888) 301-2411 Toll-free
  • Ohio Legal Aid
    10 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (866) 529-6446

columbuslegalaid.org
Ohio Legal Aid: ohiolegalaid.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
Consumer Assistance Hotline: (800) 648-1176
ohiobenefits.org

Reeb Avenue Center

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 (Boys & Girls Club, Lutheran Social Services, Eastway Behavioral Healthcare, Godman Guild, St. Stephens, Alvis, Amethyst, OSU Extension, Community Development for All People and South Side Roots Café).
280 Reeb Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207
(614) 468-9280
reebavenuecenter.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 (800) 686-3669 Toll-free
  • Chillicothe Office
    73 East Water Street, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601
    (740) 773-0012 or (800) 686-3668 Toll-free
  • New Philadelphia Office
    255 Second Street Northeast, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
    (330) 339-3998 or (800) 686-3670 Toll-free
  • Newark Office
    15 West Locust Avenue, Newark, Ohio 43055
    (740) 345-0850 or (888) 831-9412 Toll-free
  • Portsmouth Office
    National City Bank Building
    800 Gallia Street, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
    (740) 354-7563 or (800) 837-2508 Toll-free
  • Steubenville Office
    100 North Third Street, Steubenville, Ohio 43952
    (740) 283-4781 or (800) 837-4781 Toll-free

seols.org

Vineyard Community Center

Offers a variety of services and programs some include an early childhood center, after-school and summer programs, sports and exercise programs, a free health clinic and free legal clinic, as well as immigration counseling services. Other programs include daytime and evening GED prep classes, English as a Second Language (ESL), Ohio Benefit Bank counseling, programs for homeschoolers, men’s and women’s support and recovery groups, marriage and parenting programs, financial counseling, career development services, dance, art, and music classes, and much more.
6000 Cooper Road, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 259-5500
vineyardcommunitycenter.org

Ohio United Way 2-1-1 Map

Click the map, in the link, below to find 2-1-1 resources and help in your Ohio state county.
395 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
ouw.org/211-map