General Housing Resources
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
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
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
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
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
Communities in Schools Stable Families Program
Helps families who are at risk of becoming homeless. Families must have one or more children and live in the Columbus Public School district. Families are first screened by the YWCA and, if accepted, are referred to this program to receive help with housing, increasing family income, accessing community resources and keeping children stable in school.
510 East North Broadway, Columbus, Ohio 43214
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
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
(614) 253-0984, press 4
Consumer Credit Counseling of Central Ohio
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
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
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
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
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
Greater Linden Development Corporation
Offers free classes on personal finance and homebuyer education for people preparing for a major purchase such as a home or auto. The program consists of 6 week-classes held on Monday and Saturday nights, and each participant receives one-on-one counseling sessions focusing on developing a budget and reviewing credit history. Because the program is city-certified, graduating students could qualify for up to $5,000 in down-payment assistance (based on income).
1410 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211
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
Hands On Central Ohio
Formerly known as First Link, Hands On’s 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.
195 North Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
2-1-1 or (614) 221-2255
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
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.
562 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
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
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
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
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
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
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.
1427 North Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
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
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.
77 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Somali Community Association of Ohio
Provides housing assistance to Somali refugees and immigrants.
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, 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
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.
65 South Fourth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-9121, ext. 1275
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