Customers of AEP Ohio can schedule a low-cost energy assessment, where an AEP assessor visits the home to make personalized recommendations. Some residents may be eligible (based on financial need) for their community assistance program as well. They may receive insulation, air sealing, lights, refrigerator replacement and other energy-saving improvements.
Free Energy Efficiency Repair Services: aepohio.com/save/residential/programs/SMARTCommunityAssist.aspx
Energy Saving Tips: aepohio.com/save/residential/learn
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.
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
Provides discounted phone service for customers with a low income, including free line connection, monthly discounts and no deposits for local service. You must me a current AT&T telephone customer. Call the toll-free number to get an application mailed to you.
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
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. In addition, Columbus Early Learning Centers offers early-childhood care for children (ages 6 weeks through 5 years of age; babies, toddlers, and pre-school).
760 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
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
A neighborhood-based community center that serves the near east and near south neighborhoods of Columbus, Ohio. Services include:
1150 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Offers a utility discount for water and sewer charges for people with a low income. Go online to complete the application offered in both Spanish and English.
111 North Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Office: 3222 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43202
Family Services & Choice Food Pantry: 14 West Lakeview Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43202
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
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
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
A community wide, faith-based organization committed to helping the residents of the Gahanna-Jefferson school district in a time of need with a “hand-up”. They help provide food through their food pantry (by appointment), diapers, utility assistance, school supplies, holiday gifts and meals, and summer lunches.
Physical Address: 165 Granville Street, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
Mailing Address: PO Box 307563, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
183 Hawkes Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
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.
Provides eligible individuals with canned and boxed food, bread, produce, and personal care items, as well as utility assistance. They offer assistance to residents who live in the Hilliard City School District.
4410 Cemetery Road, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
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
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
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
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
Provides a list of agencies helping low-income households get internet service at low or no cost. The National Digital Inclusion Alliance is a unified voice for home broadband access, public broadband access, personal devices and local technology training and support programs.
3000 East Main Street, Suite 50, Columbus, Ohio 43209
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
Offers assistance programs, with their primary service area including 43201, 43202, 43210, 43220 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, and Christmas Gift Adoptions programs.
1950 North Fourth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201
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
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
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
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
This is a national program that provides one free cell phone to one household or those who live in shelters, public housing or can be considered as their own separate household living in a family setting. Requirements for eligibility are based on the applicant meeting federal poverty criteria or participation in a state or government support program; such as food stamps or medical, for example. SafeLink representatives will help determine eligibility.
Enrollment and Plan Changes Support: (800) 723-3546
Technical Support Only: (800) 378-1684
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, 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: easternusa.salvationarmy.org/southwest-ohio/central-ohio/thrift-stores
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