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Information about Housing Conditions

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 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
svdpcolumbus.org/microloan_mission
Contact for Delaware, Fairfield, Knox, Licking and Ross County: svdpcolumbus.org/contact_info
Note: CAP4Kids does not recommend or endorse any specific company. We encourage families to carefully review and evaluate all services.

Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC)

Offers information and local resources about local biking events and trails, bicycle safety, promotes bicycling in central Ohio. They also provide a Franklin County Home Repair program low- and moderate-income homeowners.
111 Liberty Street Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 228-2663 or (800) 750-0750 TTY
Bike: morpc.org/transportation/bicycle-pedestrian
Home Repair: morpc.org/program-service/home-repair-services

Modcon Living (formerly known as Rebuilding Together Central Ohio)

Offers a low cost tool lending library, that has over 5,000 tools. Yearly low-cost membership is offered on a sliding scale, based upon income. 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.
2771 East Fourth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 258-6392
modconliving.org

Central Ohio Bed Bug Task Force (COBBTF)

Educates Central Ohio residents about bed bugs, bed bug prevention, and the best methods of getting rid of the bugs. Go to the website for more information.
PO Box 44111, Columbus, Ohio 43204
centralohiobedbugs.org

City of Columbus Code Enforcement Division

Provides inspection and enforcement for rental housing when landlords do not fix problems. Enforces housing codes such as maintenance and safety issues (leaks, plumbing, broken fixtures and appliances, pest problems, leaking roof, gutters and downspouts, chipping & peeling paint, etc.), high grass & weeds, trash, and vacant structures. To address a problem, call the City of Columbus Service Center or enter a complaint online at their 3-1-1 website.
(614) 645-3111
311.columbus.gov
columbus.gov/development/Code-Enforcement

City of Columbus Housing Division

Provides assistance to residents on issues such as unsafe buildings, unsanitary conditions, carbon monoxide inspections, high weeds, owner refusal to make repairs and animal maintenance.
111 North Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-7896
columbus.gov/development/Housing-Division

Columbus Public Health (CPH) Healthy Homes Program

Provides assistance and advice on creating a safe home environment. This program is for eligible residents in Columbus and Worthington. Services include:

  • Phone consultations
  • Information on asthma triggers and other household dangers
  • Mandatory lead inspections for homes with lead poisoned children
  • Free HEPA vacuum loan for lead hazard clean-up
  • Presentations to Columbus community organizations, neighborhood associations, day care centers, and school staff
  • Displays of healthy home educational information at fairs and special events
  • Referrals to services for landlords, tenants, and homeowners

240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Healthy Homes Contact: (614) 645-8191
(614) 724-6000
columbus.gov/publichealth/programs/healthy-homes

Franklin County Public Health (FCPH)

Offers many services and resources, some of them include:

  • Free tobacco cessation counseling for residents over the age of 18
  • Birth/death certificates
  • Plumbing inspections
  • Low cost healthcare and immunization clinics
  • Community training on naloxone and opioid overdoses
  • Lead inspection
  • Free home radon test kits

280 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 525-3160 or (800) 750-0750 TTY/TDD
Weekend, Holiday and After Hours Emergency Hotline: (614) 525-3965
myfcph.org

Healthy Homes

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
(614) 355-0395
healthyhomesco.org

Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel (OCC)

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
occ.ohio.gov

Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

Provides lead poisoning prevention programs throughout Ohio. Ohio residents have access to resources to test for lead and help families with the cost of lead repair work.
246 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 532-3723
odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/Childhood-Lead-Poisoning