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 who will provide information on finances, consumer protection information, and connect to other community resources.
197 East Gay Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Contact for Franklin County: (614) 221-3554
Contact for Delaware, Fairfield, Knox, Licking and Ross County: svdpcolumbus.org/contact_info
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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
Provides guidance and supportive services to young adults who left foster care in Ohio at ages 18, 19 or 20 as they transition to adulthood. They offer services in housing, education, employment and help youth with getting health insurance, finding a doctor or improving physical or mental health in any way.
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, adopt-a-family, Ohio Benefit Bank and more.
PO Box 542, Groveport, Ohio 43125
CGMHN Ohio Benefit Bank: (614) 586-4017
Supports Ohio residents and organizations seeking guidance on landlord-tenant law and the Fair Housing Act. If you need free legal advice on how to deal with a specific issue, email them or call them using the Housing Information Line.
175 South Third Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
General: (614) 280-1984
Housing Information Line: (888) 485-7999
Advocates services for those experiencing homelessness, educates the central Ohio community about homelessness, and actively works to reduce hate crimes. They also provide homeless persons with a “Streetcard”, that lists information on most needed services in Franklin County for which they may be eligible.
89 Avondale Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43222
Toll-free Emergency Shelter: (888) 474-3587
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.
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
Provides affordable housing and childcare to student parents. Qualified participants attend an accredited college or university full-time while residing in the Scholar House. The student parents receive supportive services through the OSU ACCESS Collaborative program to help them stay in school and maintain their grades while also providing for the needs of their children.
910 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 636-5254 or (800) 750-0750 TTY
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. Visit the website to learn more about the different programs that fall under these six categories:
788 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
This faith-based organization provides free produce, clothing and household items to families in need, affordable housing on the South Side of Columbus, youth development, health coaching, low cost bike repairs and more. They also have the All People’s Fresh Market, which has free fresh food 5 days a week. Go online to find out more information about different programs.
Physical Address: 946 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
Mailing Address: PO Box 6063, Columbus, Ohio 43206
Main Phone: (614) 445-7342
Free Store Phone: (614) 443-1713
Provides housing assistance to adults with addiction or substance abuse, mental disorders and those who struggle with homelessness. Apartments are scattered throughout 28 zip codes in Franklin County. Tenants also receive help with finding employment.
1680 Watermark Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43215
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
An emergency assistance program at Broad Street Presbyterian Church 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
Provides free household furniture that is gently used to individuals and families living in Central Ohio. 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 HPF (Homeownership Preservation Foundation) Homeowner’s HOPE Hotline offers free and confidential assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. HUD-certified counselors can work with individuals to find a solution and set up a plan of action.
7645 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55423
Hotline: (888) 995-4673
Provides free furniture to central Ohio residents struggling to furnish their homes as a result of economic and other significant life challenges. Furniture With A Heart Thirft Store, a social enterprise of the Furniture Bank of Central Ohio carries gently used furniture, household goods, clothing and sporting goods. Referral needed.
Offers mentoring programs for youth ages 10-18, annual school supply giveaways, provide free fresh produce and food items; financial literacy classes, and community-based services and affordable housing for youth and families living in the Driving Park Area and surrounding communities.
975 Bulen Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
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.
4391 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43224
A discount home improvement store open to the public. Shop or donate gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances. The money they make goes to Habitat for Humanity Mid-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.
1105 East Schrock Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
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
Serves children and their families living in poverty, helping them to get housing and resources, while providing educational after-school/summer programming and support for kids grades K-8. They also host Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids (SPARK) a program for three and four-year-old children, not enrolled in Pre-K, who will soon enter Kindergarten.
33 North Grubb Street, 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.
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
HUD in Ohio: hud.gov/states/ohio
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. Visit the website or call for more information.
700 Bryden Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215
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.
Physical Address: 23 South Park Place, Newark, Ohio 43058
Mailing Address: PO Box 613, Newark, Ohio 43058
(877) 421-5224 Toll-free or (740) 345-1970
A faith-based organization that serves individuals, families and Franklinton community members. They offer transitional housing for previously incarcerated women, free meals, leadership training, tutoring and youth programs. They also provide housing, finance, employment, education, life coaching and addiction recovery services. Visit the website for more information on the programs they offer.
Offers shower and laundry for the homeless on a first come, first serve basis, haircuts for the homeless and a food and clothing pantry, by appointment only. Visit the website or call for days these resources are available.
22 South Warren Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204
Provides access to affordable rental homes for very low income households with children ages 13 and under in Gahanna, Dublin, Olentangy and Hilliard school districts. They offer workshops and coaching on reaching your financial, career, educational and wellness goals for you and your family. Visit the website for application information.
Ebner Building – Columbus Jewish Foundation
1070 College Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43209
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
(800) 388-2151 or (614) 442-4390 TDD
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.
65 East State Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 466-9467 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 Toll-free or (800) 750-0750 TDD
Works with families and children, farmers and business owners, community leaders and elected officials to build better lives, better businesses and better communities in Ohio. Many programs fall into four categories, including;
Offers a low cost tool lending library, that has over 5,000 tools. Yearly membership is offered on a sliding scale, based upon income (up to $40 a year). The only restrictions to become a member is to live in Franklin County and own your home or have permission from the property owner (no income restrictions). They also offer free home repair and maintenance to income-eligible seniors and people with disabilities. And their website has information about lead safety.
2771 East Fourth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43219
Helps connect residents of Wallick Communities and other affordable housing communities to supportive services. Services are coordinated through on-site Service Coordinators who make referrals to local community organizations, and bring resources on-site (like financial/emergency, educational, employment, health and wellness and legal assistance).
160 West Main Street, New Albany, Ohio 43054
Information about Wallick Communities: wallickcommunities.com/apartments/Ohio-apartments
Offers various services for Central Ohio families throughout the year. Their services include: an in-residence rehabilitation program, after school learning centers for youth to get tutoring and homework help, job help, Christmas assistance; free meals and produce giveaways, furniture assistance, housing and rent assistance, utility assistance and veteran support services. Visit the website for their Family Thrift Store locations in Central Ohio and for more information on each program.
Link to Family Thrift Store list: co.salvationarmy.org/CentralOhio/family-stores-in-central-ohio
Provides a variety of services for Somali youth and adults.
3422 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43224
Offer vouchers that cover the cost of an Ohio identification card and an Ohio Birth Certificate. Only a few are offered every week. They also offer gently used coats just before the winter months and brown bag lunches.
139 East Second Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
Offers moderately priced 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom units of multifamily housing and provides workforce training and support service space for residents and project partners.
Property Address: 755 East Whittier Street, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 369-3712 or RCG Training Center: (614) 445-7342, ext. 24
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
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 programs focused on 3 areas: Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. Their programs, services and initiatives are for men, women and children of all ages covering health and fitness, swimming, age-specific activities, child care, camps, programming for children with special needs and more. Visit the website or contact a YMCA center for more information.
YMCA Administrative Office: 40 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
YMCA Locations & Contacts: ymcacolumbus.org/locations
Provide affordable housing for women recovering from drug-related, alcohol-related, and mental illnesses. Services include: wellness and recovery support, computer and internet access, employment assistance, financial literacy classes, GED program and more. The YWCA Family Center provides emergency shelter and critical services including, family assistance, family advocacy, childcare, employment and resource center to help central Ohio families find housing. The YWCA Kids Place offers affordable childcare during the school year and summer programs for families in Gahanna and Westerville school districts. They also provide leadership training for high school girls and women in their 20’s.