They assist people of all ages with significant disabilities who want to live more independently by providing information and referral resources on housing, schooling, transportation, housing modifications, assistive technology, and benefits. They also offer Advocacy/Peer Support to allow people with a disability to explore options, Independent Living Skills training to learn and/or improve life skills and help locate community-based services.
418 South Broad Street, Lancaster, Ohio 43130
1369 East Front Street, Logan, Ohio 43138
Families and Single Adults: (614) 274-7000
Victims of Domestic Violence: (614) 224-4663
Youth: (614) 294-5553
Street Card: columbushomeless.org/
Provides help for electric bills to people with a low income who have tried all other resources (HEAP and PIPP). To qualify, households must have disconnected electric service and must have made a sincere effort to pay their electric bill in the last 90 days. Go online to use their income calculator to find out whether you qualify. Click to find an agency in your area that will help you with the application process.
AEP Ohio: aepohio.com/info/community/paymentAssistancePrograms/NeighborToNeighbor.aspx
Customers who have received a disconnect notice or are unable to pay their electric bill can call the toll-free number to set up a payment extension or a discount plan. Customers who have special needs or medical conditions can request a medical certification form.
Simply type in your city, state and zip code to find a list of affordable homes and rentals in your neighborhood.
Offers supportive services to men, women, young adults, children and families through their reentry, behavior health and developmental disabilities programs.
2100 Stella Court, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Offers support programs for veterans and their family, such as temporary financial assistance, a cash grant to support minor children of veterans who are eligible for American Legion membership. They also offer youth programming, award college scholarships, and list veteran discounts and services and places to find counseling and mental health support.
National Headquarters: 700 North Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46206
Contact Information: legion.org/contact
Offers counseling, education and advice on housing issues to new and existing homeowners including dealing with rental issues, preventing foreclosure, and bankruptcy counseling.
(614) 552-2222 or (800) 355-2227
Provides residential, recreational, respite/home care and work training services to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
769 Brooksedge Boulevard, Westerville, Ohio 43081
Offers chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) supportive services, asthma management for children and adults, a free Lung Health Clinic (including smoking cessation classes for groups and individuals) and Mobile Medical Unit. They also help with winter heating and summer cooling programs through HEAP, electric bill assistance and window air conditioners to those without central air for households who are medically needy.
788 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
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.
Offers multiple programs in Columbus individuals, youth and families in zip codes 43203, 43205, 43209, 43213, and 43215. Their Broad Street Food Pantry helps families in need to have healthy meals; COMPASS provides limited rent and utility assistance; their out-of-school and summer programs provide academic enrichment services for K-12 youth.
760 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Provides family-focused mental health treatment and services for behavioral, emotional and substance-abuse disorders to children and families.
Programs: in-home treatment, intensive and non-intensive residential treatment, family and outpatient counseling, foster care services, transitional living services, case management, alternative education day treatment, Permanent Family Solutions Network
Eligibility: ages vary per program
Cost: Fees range depending on the type of care needed, some service costs are offset by Medicaid, or the client’s local Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health Board
Referral: For in-home and office-based services, individuals may refer themselves or be referred by their doctor. For residential services, referrals must come from the courts, the county or another referring agency.
Intake/Referral: (614) 384-7798
Provides a variety of social service programs to residents living in the Canal Winchester School District. Some of the programs available are a community food pantry, emergency assistance, holiday assistance, senior transportation and more.
80 Covenant Way, Canal Winchester, Ohio 43110
Is a multi-service faith-based agency that serves families and seniors in central and southern Ohio. Catholic Social Services helps working-poor families stabilize and become self-sufficient through case management, training, food and emergency assistance. They also offer supportive services and community-impact opportunities for low-income seniors.
Connects people in need in the Groveport Madison school district with community resources. Services include summer lunches, school supply distribution, cash assistance (rent, utilities, prescription, etc.), distribution of household items, adopt-a-family and more.
PO Box 542, Groveport, Ohio 43125
Serves: Single Adults & Families
Provides free, confidential emergency shelter and supportive services, including support groups and therapeutic groups, to community members in Licking County who are victims of a domestic violence situation and need help. A free, confidential 24-hour crisis line is available for those who may have questions or concerns about domestic violence and for those who are in search of a safe home.
60 North First Street, Newark, Ohio 43058
A neighborhood-based community center that serves the near east and near south neighborhoods of Columbus, Ohio. They offer soft skills training, employment assistance, financial education training and emergency housing programs to help access rent or mortgage assistance, food nutrition programs, utility services, health care, parenting workshops and more. Additionally they offer afterschool programs, summer programs, and child care for ages six-weeks through five-years-old.
1150 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
A nonprofit organization that creates and preserves affordable housing in the Columbus, Ohio area. Find home listings on their website. COCLT is a subsidiary of Central Ohio Community Improvement Corporation – COCIC Franklin County Land Bank.
845 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
COCIC – Franklin County Land Bank: cocic.org
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 and peeling paint, flood, etc.), high grass and 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.
Offers a utility discount for water and sewer charges for people with a low income. Seniors age 60 and older with limited income may qualify for a discount on electricity and/or water bills. Go online to complete the application offered in both Spanish and English.
111 North Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
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. Their homeowner assistance program include: down payment assistance, acquisition and relocation due to a federally funded projects, roof replacement, deaf modification, and other programs assisting individuals and families to remain in their homes and live independently in a safe and sound environment.
111 North Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
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
Offers several programs for customers with a low income, including extended payment plans, discounted programs and services for those with medical needs. Visit the website for more information about each program.
Physical Address: 290 West Nationwide Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Payment Mailing Address: PO Box 742510, Cincinnati, Ohio 45274
Offers a wide variety of individualized programs and services designed to promote self-advocacy, increase independence, and enhance the lives of individuals living with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Some services include transportation, housing, job training, art, in-home support and more.
540 Industrial Mile Road, Columbus, Ohio 43228
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 “Street Card”, that lists information on most needed services in Franklin County for which they may be eligible.
89 West Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43222
Emergency Shelter: (614) 274-7000
Street Card: columbushomeless.org/?page_id=43#page-content
A faith-based organization that serves low-income, homeless, and under-served individuals and families. They provide free, routine outpatient health and wellness services through the Mt. Carmel Mobile Medical Coach, hot meals and pre-packed lunches for kids, after school programs, holiday help, and back-to-school supply giveaways. They also have shower and laundry times throughout the week and other supportive services for homeless people. Visit the website for contact information.
38 West Greenwood Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
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. They also offer care coordination services, homeownership and self-sufficiency programs for residents.
880 East Eleventh Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211
Additional Contact Information: cmhanet.com/Home/Contact
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
Pride Centers are one-stop shops for city services, dedicated to protecting the health, safety and welfare of families living in the area. These centers house basic city services in one place, which include the Neighborhood Social Workers. Call first to make an appointment.
Main Columbus Public Health Neighborhood Social Work Helpline
Franklinton Pride Center
1186 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43222
(614) 645-5224 (Social Worker)
(614) 645-0176 (Main)
South Side Pride Center
280 Reed Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207
(614) 645-5205 (Social Worker)
(614) 645-8097 (Main)
Near East Pride Center
1393 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 645-0115 (Main)
Northside Pride Center
248 East Eleventh Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 724-1900 (Main)
Far East Pride Center
2500 Park Crescent Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43232
(614) 724-0101 (Social Worker)
(614) 724-0100 (Main)
These neighborhood resource lists are extremely helpful in finding resources in and around your neighborhood. They provide detailed listings of free and low cost health care, vision care, dental care, prescription help, food pantries, transportation, job help, transportation, pregnancy resources and much more. They are updated frequently and reviewed by the Columbus Public Health social work team. Please note that CPH does not provide direct monetary assistance, but these lists are helpful in finding community agencies that do provide this assistance.
240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Columbus Public Health Neighborhood Social Work Helpline: (614) 645-6807
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.
CPO (Community Properties of Ohio) Management
910 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
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, nutrition education and more. They also have two Fresh Market locations, which have 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
All People’s Fresh Market Address: 946 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
Linden Fresh Market Address: 1464 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211
Main Phone: (614) 445-7342
Free Store Phone: (614) 443-1713
Provides housing assistance to people experiencing homelessness, mental illness, addiction, and other trauma related issues. CHN collaborates with a network of partners to offer residents access to services like service coordination with case management, crisis intervention, healthcare, counseling, food access, employment training, benefit assistance and more.
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 to prevent eviction, workplace issues and consumer rights disputes. Services are offered on a sliding fee scale.
67 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Provides Section 8 and low-income affordable housing in Columbus and other cities throughout Ohio.
910 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Provides information on shelter beds during winter weather, warming stations, and services to people living on the streets, in public parks, under bridges, in vehicles and abandoned buildings (Maryhaven Street Outreach).
355 East Campus View Boulevard, Suite 250, Columbus, Ohio 43235
Homeless Hotline, 24-hour line: (614) 274-7000
Maryhaven Street Outreach, 24-hour line: (614) 449-1530
Offers financial education tools for kids and adults, answers common questions, and provides tips that help consumers navigate their financial choices. Topics that are covered include loans, fraud and scams, savings, paying for college and more.
(855) 411-2372 or (855) 729-2372 TTY/TTD
Ask CFPB: consumerfinance.gov/ask-cfpb
Free Bulk Publications: pueblo.gpo.gov/CFPBPubs/CFPBPubs.php
Provides accessible and affordable housing for people with disabilities in the Columbus area. People served by the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities should contact their service coordinator regarding housing waiting list information. Also, they provide accessible renovation and construction services through their program Creative Renovations.
2233 Citygate Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219
Provides disaster survivors with information, support, services, and a means to access and apply for disaster assistance. The site also provides resources to help you learn how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.
FEMA Disaster Assistance Helpline: (800) 621-3362 (also for 711 & VRS) or (800) 462-7585 TTY
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. Visit the website for additional contact information.
PO Box 1981, Pompano Beach, Florida 33061
A licensed foster care agency serving youth with developmental disabilities. They offer several services including foster care, in-home services, residential services, respite care and developmental services. They support children and adults living in Franklin, Delaware, Pickaway, Union and Montgomery County.
294 East Campus View Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(614) 880-6000 or (800) 646-4612 Toll-free
Provides support to individuals so that they may live where they want and with whomever they choose. ECHO helps in a variety of ways including housekeeping, money management, finding housing, transportation, and serves as a friendly face to support and encourage people with developmental disabilities to make their own decisions.
6500 Busch Boulevard, Suite 215, Columbus, Ohio 43229
Find low-cost Internet, affordable computers and/or free digital literacy training courses in your area.
718 Seventh Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001
Provides information about food assistance (Ohio Direction Card / EBT), cash assistance, medical assistance (like Medicaid), job training, emergency assistance (PRC), help with paying for child care and more. Each center serves certain zip codes. People outside of Franklin County should visit their local county Department of Job and Family Services. Refugees and immigrants can apply for services as well.
Call (844) 640-6446 to apply for SNAP/OWF cash assistance/Medicaid benefits
Child Care: (614) 233-2000
Medical Transportation: (614) 233-2381
Workforce Development: (614) 212-1800
Self-Service Ohio Benefits Portal: benefits.ohio.gov
Is a county law library that offers free legal clinic, legal research guides, legal forms and self-help legal resources for the public.
369 South High Street, 10th floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Ohio Legal Aid Portal: ohiolegalhelp.org
Offers many services and resources, some of them include:
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
A faith-based organization that provides opportunities and offer supportive services for youth and families living in the Driving Park Community. Some of their initiatives have included annual school supply giveaways, financial literacy and credit restoration classes, and help with house maintenance and getting affordable housing.
1573 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Is a settlement house located in Franklinton on the near west side of Columbus, Ohio. They provide emergency financial assistance (e.g., rent, utilities, prescriptions, and other critical needs), offers access to a mobile medical unit access from The Breathing Association, and case management services. Provides emergency food assistance to households living within the service area (zip codes 43222, 43223, and 43215). Other services available at the pantry: home delivery to people with disabilities, and diapers are available. They also provide educational services such as preschool, after-school, summer day camp and team sport programming.
183 Hawkes Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
Offers employment and job training programs, social and education programs for people with developmental disabilities and other barriers to employment. They also offer supportive living, art, health and wellness programs, and a variety of activities in community settings including volunteering, recreation and leisure, and community awareness. At their Goodwill Stores are thrift clothing, furniture, vehicles, art and more. Visit the website or call for center and store locations in Central Ohio.
1331 Edgehill Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 294-5181 or (614) 583-0293 TTY
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.
6665 Busch Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43229
Home Repair Program: (614) 484-1966
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. Visit the website for store hours.
Serves: Single Adult Women & Families
A faith-based group of community houses serving those in the inner city of Columbus, Ohio. Their program Girls With Attitude celebrate, empower, and mentor women of all ages via community outreach, study groups, and celebrations.
228 South Burgess Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204
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.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 77499, Columbus, Ohio 43207
Provides eligible individuals with canned and boxed food, bread, produce, and personal care items, as well as utility assistance. These services are offered to residents who live in the Hilliard City School District.
4410 Cemetery Road, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
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
Homeless & Emergency Shelter: (614) 274-7000
For people who may be in danger of facing foreclosure, they offer free and confidential assistance from a financial counselor. The financial counselor helps review your ability to afford a mortgage now or plan for one later, how to sustain it, as well as get help with navigating the homebuying process. 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
Provides a list of low-cost rental properties and homes, offers money management help for people who have fallen behind on mortgage payments, and offers homebuyer education, credit and budget counseling for a minimal fee. They can also help people buy a home and assist with down payments.
3443 Agler Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219
Provides affordable redeveloped housing on the westside of Columbus, Ohio. They also offer renter and 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
Serves: Youth & Teens
Works with Central Ohio’s youth ages 12 to 24 and families who are dealing with issues like abuse, violence, neglect, poverty, and homelessness. Programs include:
1421 Hamlet Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201
YOP Shop: 2216 Bancroft Street, Columbus Ohio 43219
24-Hour Crisis Hotline: (614) 294-5553
Lists HUD rentals and homes online throughout Ohio. The HUD office in Columbus services 40 Ohio counties in central and southeastern Ohio. The HUD website provides useful information on avoiding foreclosure, home improvements, buying homes, housing discrimination and more.
Columbus Field Office (Bricker Federal Building)
200 North High Street, 7th Floor, 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.
711 Southwood Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43207
AMP website: jfs.franklincountyohio.gov/amp
Provides limited financial assistance for water and gas/fuel for low-income people whose utilities have been shut-off or have a shut-off notice. Also, they offer toiletries, cleaning supplies, disposable diapers, one time birth certificates and monetary contributions. Makes referrals to community agencies who assist in the prevention of repeat crises.
578 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Serves those who are homeless and have a substance use disorder by offering services and resources (like mentoring, food, clothing, documentation/ID assistance, laundry and shower services, a cooling and heating station, and more) and making referrals to other community service providers. Visit the website to see all the services and resources they provide.
342 North Hague Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204
Supports youth ages who identify as LGBTQ+. They offer a range of programs and activities, including discussion groups, a housing program, social activities and leadership training.
603 East Town Street, Columbus, Ohio, 43215
Provides free civil legal assistance and guidance to low income residents and senior citizens of Columbus and Central Ohio. Legal Aid attorneys may be able to help you with the following types of cases or legal problems: consumer law, family law, housing, foreclosure, public benefits, reentry, seniors, tax, veterans, education and “Brief Advice” clinics.
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, Suite 200, 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, low-income families and individuals, and females with substance use disorders. They also provide free meals, finance, employment, education, life coaching, hair and beauty salon services, as well as host a summer day camp, offer homework help and mentoring for at-risk youth ages 7-17.
Serves: Single Adults & Families
Offers services to provide for the basic needs of all people, including shelter, affordable housing for seniors, food, health care, case management, veteran services; support for women, men and their children escaping intimate partner violence (CHOICES), transitional job training and more. They provide services in multiple counties in Ohio. Visit the website for detailed information about each program, location and contact information.
1105 Schrock Rd, Ste 100, Columbus, OH 43229
Pantry Locations: lssnetworkofhope.org/foodpantries/services/pantry-locations
List of LSS Locations: lssnetworkofhope.org/contact-us/locations
CHOICES is the primary shelter in Franklin County for victims of domestic violence. In addition to offering a temporary emergency shelter, they also have a 24-hour crisis hotline, domestic violence counseling, legal advocates and peer support groups for people who are escaping intimate partner violence. The shelter, which is at an undisclosed location, offers state-of-the-art security and pet enclosures, removing a barrier for victims who don’t want to leave their pet with their abuser.
Mailing Address: 1105 Schrock Rd, Columbus, OH 43229
Administrative Line: (614) 228-5200
24-hour Domestic Violence Crisis Line: (614) 224-4663
Offers no-cost, HUD-approved housing counseling on foreclosure prevention, budgeting, refinancing, mortgage assistance, avoiding scams and more. Services are offered in multiple languages.
Specializes in the treatment of people who are dependent on/addicted to drugs and alcohol.
Program: inpatient, outpatient and group substance abuse counseling, gender-based stabilization center, family recovery housing and support for pregnant women; homeless services, gambling addiction treatment, family counseling; mental health treatment (including psychiatry), and medically assisted treatment for those struggling from opioid addiction
Eligibility: age 13 and older
Cost: government insurance (Medicaid, Molina, Caresource), private insurance and self-pay
Referral: individuals may refer themselves or be referred by a physician or organization
This program is for low income youth, ages 16 through 24, who have dropped out of school or have graduated high school and need guidance on what direction to head in, such as military, college, trade school, workforce, etc. The program offers workforce development and educational services, as well as education support and career preparation for high school juniors and seniors. TOUCH also helping ex-offenders gain, through reentry services, the skills and confidence needed to obtain workforce and educational opportunities, participants may also receive access to housing and clothing assistance.
4040 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43213
Offers advocacy, pregnancy and postpartum mental health services, support groups for people struggling with various mental health challenges, workplace and community educational programs, professional training and an online resource directory.
2323 West Fifth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204
Mental Health America: (614) 221-1441
Ombudsman Program: (800) 536-5891
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, home energy efficiency and safety services at no cost to income-eligible homeowners and renters, and information on air quality.
111 Liberty Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 228-2663 or (800) 750-0750 TTY
Home Repair: (614) 233-4171
Free Home Energy Efficiency & Safety Services: (614) 621-1171
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.
3840 East Fifth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43219
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 contact and application information.
Helps low-income families, single persons and seniors find quality affordable housing throughout Ohio. Also assists homeless and people with disabilities. Visit the website for additional contact and location information.
A charitable organization that helps match families in need with local businesses, volunteers and service organizations that offer resources such as food, volunteering, clothing, supplies and more.
200 East Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington, Ohio 43085
Provides a variety of free education materials 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
Consumer Assistance: occ.ohio.gov/utilityassistance
Provides heating and cooling assistance and utility discounts, with eligibility based on household income. The HEAP program offers a one-time payment for utility customers during the winter and summer throughout Ohio. Call or download an application from the website. They also provide weatherization services.
77 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43216
(800) 282-0880 or (800) 686-1557 TDD
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.
35 East Chestnut Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Serves: Single Adults & Families, Youth & Teens
Provides counseling and treatment services for children and adults, pregnancy and parenting support, respite care, domestic violence shelter, and foster care services, as well as substance abuse and addiction recovery that include peer support and housing, and more throughout Ohio. Visit the website for additional contact and location information.
Crisis Line: (440) 260-8595
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. Call (888) 404-4674, to be directed to a HUD approved counseling agency to help you work with your lender for a foreclosure resolution.
57 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 466-7970 or (888) 362-6432 Toll-free or (800) 750-0750 TDD
Helps Ohioans access the civil justice system. They provide plain language legal help information, interactive self-help tools and connections to local legal and community resources that can help people resolve their legal issues.
88 East Broad Street, Suite 720, Columbus, Ohio 43215
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;
2120 Fyffe Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210
Franklin County Office: franklin.osu.edu/home
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, Free Shop (offers new and gently-used clothing, household and personal care items), Mobile Free Shops, Bed Donation Program, Back to School Outreach and Emergency Household Assistance.
6305 Brand Road, Dublin, Ohio 43016
Started by Columbus City Council as an initiative aimed at expanding employment and housing opportunities for residents of Columbus and Franklin County by sealing their criminal records. Opportunity Port does not provide legal advice but helps former offenders seal their record. If a person qualifies, they are connected with an attorney and if the judge approves the application, the court will remove past offenses from public view. Visit their website for more information.
Provide support to individuals with developmental disabilities by building on the foundation of physical activity and life skills (PALS). They offer adult day services, residential services, life skill classes, activities and vocational training programs.
Local attorneys answer legal questions free of charge. Click below for a list of free legal clinic locations and times.
Assistance is available for both gas and electric bills. The assistance may be in the form of a reduction of heating bills and/or a set amount based on household income. The PUCO website gives information on how to sign up, who is eligible and what programs are available (including a program providing protections and benefits to military personnel and their families).
180 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(800) 686-7826 or (614) 466-3292 or 7-1-1 TDD
Provides faith-based, free residential rehabilitation services, including addiction recovery for men and women ages 18 and older. They help men and women transition from homelessness to home-ownership.
PO Box 163173, Columbus, Ohio 43216
A rent assistance hub for both tenants and landlords. Provides simple, reliable, and easy-to-access links to Central Ohio rent assistance programs. They also dispel common myths, provide eviction information customized to Franklin County, and highlight some of the places you can go to get even more help. The website can be translated in English, Spanish, or Somali.
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
Serves: Single Adults & Families
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, Christmas assistance and food meal boxes; housing and rent assistance, utility assistance, help trafficking survivors 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: easternusa.salvationarmy.org/southwest-ohio/central-ohio/thrift-stores
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Provides a variety of supportive services for Somali youth and adults.
3422 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43224
Serves: Single Adults
Provides support to homeless men and women through emergency shelter, transitional and supportive/permanent housing. These services are available to persons living with certain medical conditions and chronically homeless people. To access emergency shelter services in Franklin County please call (614) 274-7000.
924 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
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 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
(614) 285-4473 or (614) 221-3554
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.
Serves: Youth & Teens
This 24/7 drop-in center provides free and confidential assistance to homeless youth ages 14 to 24. Offers help with food, clothing, laundry, hygiene items, rest, internet services, telephone calls, linkages to community resources and counseling; as well as healthcare, education support, housing help, job-seeking skills and more. They also help provide stable housing for youth ages 18-24 who have aged out of the foster care system or are homeless, through Carol Stewart Village located in Franklinton.
1220 Corrugate Way, Columbus, Ohio 43201
Serves: Single Adults & Families
Provides emergency shelter and assistance for homeless and marginally housed persons in Central Ohio. They also offer coordinated, supportive services, and transitional and/or permanent housing.
61 East Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 222-2885 or (614) 461-0407
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.
755 East Whittier Street, Columbus, Ohio 43206
RCG Job Training Center: (614) 620-7888
Serves: Single Adults & Families
Provides temporary shelter for victims/survivors of domestic violence and their children, food, transportation, individual and group education and support; as well as advocacy support and a crisis line that provides victims with supportive listening, information and referral resources and access to agency services. All services are free of charge and confidential. They serve primarily domestic violence victims and their families in Crawford, Delaware, Marion, Morrow, Union and Wyandot Counties.
PO Box 875, Marion, Ohio 43301
24-Hour Hotline: (800) 232-6505 or (740) 382-8988 or text “turningpoint”, “turning point”, “tphelp” or “turning” to 20121
2-1-1 is a health and human services referral service. Click on the link below to find resources and help in your county.
Provides continuing adult education and wellness to adult individuals with developmental disabilities. The Upreach program offers services encouraging independence (including supported living services), self-determination and empowerment. The Learning Never Ends program provides life-long learning and wellness opportunities.
Provides an official guide to government information and services at the federal level. Examples of topics include financial help, disability services, how to prepare for and recover from disasters and emergencies, housing, jobs and unemployment, as well as taxes, immigration, how to research common U.S. laws, and file a complaint against the government and more.
Provide supportive services for veterans and their families including individual case management, housing, financial planning and more. They also partner with local agencies to distribute new backpacks and school supplies to Central Ohio children in need every year. Note that they do not provide backpacks directly to individuals and families.
1776 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
Serves: Single Adults & Families, Youth & Teens
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, juvenile justice, housing, programming for infants and children with special needs (ECRN+), loanable adaptive equipment, and more. In their YMCA Stable Families coordinated service program, families with children (from Pre-K to 12th grade) who live in Franklin County have access to a service coordinator who can help in increasing household income, obtaining/maintaining safe and stable housing, and increasing the academic achievement of school-aged children. Visit the website or contact a YMCA center for additional information.
YMCA Administrative Office: 1907 Leonard Ave, Columbus, OH 43219
YMCA Stable Families: (614) 636-3208
YMCA Stable Families: ymcacolumbus.org/stable-form
YMCA Locations & Contacts: ymcacolumbus.org/locations
Serves: Families (referring to emergency shelter access)
Provide affordable housing and supportive services for women recovering from drug-related, alcohol-related, and mental illnesses. 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 adult women.