Free (no fees or charges) tax filing for families that qualify (generally, yearly total income $65,000 or less, claiming at least one child and living in Central Ohio). You need to bring photo identification, tax forms, expense documents, information for direct deposit and the previous year’s tax return if available. You must schedule an appointment.
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)
Provides medical grants that cover a wide variety of clinical, equipment, travel, lodging, and vehicle modification costs related to children’s healthcare needs.
2800 Rock Creek Parkway, North Kansas City, Missouri 64117
Provides medical grants to help families access and pay for health care services that are not covered by their family’s commercial medical insurance plan. The medical insurance plan does not have to be through UnitedHealthcare. Learn more and apply directly on their website.
Provides information, guidance and training on how to implement the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and supports the mission of the ADA to “assure equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities.”
ASL video explaining disability laws and rights: youtube.com/user/DisabilityLawLowdown/videos
CAP4Kids lists many organizations that offer free and low-cost services and products. Visit various (sub)categories to find organizations that meet your need.
Provides information and resources that motivates, encourages, and supports people to help with money management, reduce debt and build wealth.
Consumer Federation of America
1620 Eye Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20006
Military Saves: militarysaves.org
America Saves for Young Workers: americasavesforyoungworkers.org
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
This community service center provides various free programs and services like dinners, a legal clinic, a mobile food market, summer lunch program, tax help and a supervised visitation program.
39 West Winter Street, Delaware, Ohio 43015
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
Is a non-profit organization that provides personalized financial education and lending services. To receive the low interest personal micro-loans you have to meet particular criteria.
PO Box 3180, Columbus, Ohio 43210
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
Allows people to report anonymous crime tips by going online or calling their number.
Provides education, support, counseling, crisis intervention and overall help for victims of domestic violence and stalking. Specialized prosecutors handle cases for victims that are high risk, including children.
375 South High 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
Individuals can submit an offense report or accident report immediately through the online reporting system and print a copy of the police report for free. Other prevention and alert information is available on their website.
Non-Emergency: (614) 645-4545
Service Desk: (614) 645-4760
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
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
Serves refugees, asylees and immigrants in central Ohio by providing the following services:
1925 East Dublin-Granville Road, Suite 102, Columbus, Ohio 43229
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
Helps abused and neglected children in need of a powerful voice to speak up for their best interest. CASA volunteers are appointed by the court to advocate for children and help them obtain a safe, permanent home.
373 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Provides legal advocacy and rights protection throughout Ohio to a wide range of people with disabilities. This includes assisting individuals with problems such as abuse, neglect, discrimination, access to assistive technology devices, special education, housing, employment, community integration, voting and rights protection issues within the juvenile and criminal justice systems.
200 Civic Center Drive, Suite 300, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 466-7264 or (800) 282-9181
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
Gives free pro bono legal advice to individuals who cannot afford an attorney. Services are provided on a first-come/first-served basis. Click here for information.
131 North High Street, Lancaster, Ohio 43130
(740) 687-0500 or 2-1-1
Provides information for individuals on avoiding scams, identity theft, and online security; as well as information on money and credit, homes and mortgages, health and fitness.
Offers free youth and adult programming and connects families facing suburban poverty in Hilliard to resources. Programs include a summer lunch program for children, ESL classes, a legal clinic, winter coat store and more.
Upper Arlington Lutheran Church (UALC) at Mill Run
3500 Mill Run Drive, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
Offers weekly community meals, a monthly legal clinic and more.
1015 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Establishes, enforces, review and modifies child support orders so payments can be made. Termination of support orders can be done as well. They can also help with paternity establishment and health insurance coverage for children. Ohio Department of Job and Family Services created a mobile app that gives users secure access to their child support case information.
80 East Fulton Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 525-3275 or (614) 525-7697 TTY
Ohio Department of Job & Family Services Office of Child Support: jfs.ohio.gov/ocs/index.stm
Handles all domestic relations matters, including protection for victims of domestic violence. Services include mediation services, Civil Protection Orders (CPO’s) / Juvenile Protection Orders (JPO’s), interpreters, Self Represented Resource Center (SRRC) for those who do not have the financial resources to retain private counsel and more. Their youth education and intervention programs work to divert delinquent youth from going further into the Juvenile Justice System through prevention, intervention and treatment services. Services are provided for free.
373 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Administration: (614) 525-3628
Phone Directory: drj.fccourts.org/DRJ.aspx?PN=Quick_Phone_Directory.htm
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
Provides information to victims and witnesses about the procedures of the criminal justice system. The Juvenile Division helps victims in cases where the offender is a parent or caretaker.
373 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
To address issues affecting re-entering residents and their families, FC-RAB created a website that lists resources to help increase the success rates of ex-offenders transitioning from correctional and rehabilitative institutions back into the community. Those resources include identification assistance, job training, public assistance benefits, mental health, food, clothing, housing/shelter and more.
373 South High Street, 25th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215
“Get Help” Printable Sheet
Is an non-profit organization that provides education to westside residents (zip codes 43215, 43222, 43223, 43204, 43228), through our Financial Life-skills Program, in order to better navigate the complex worlds of finances and housing. The free class reviews participants’ relationship with money, budgeting, banks and credit, loan and debt management, job-training and entrepreneurship, and taxes and risk management.
1091 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43222
Financial Life-skills Program: franklintondevelopment.org/flsp
Provides free donated vehicles to struggling families to assist them in their transition from dependency to self-sufficiency. Free Charity Cars operates the largest free non-profit car-donation / distribution program in the nation and has awarded over 9000 free vehicles nationwide. For more information, visit their website.
Provides information about end-of-life issues to individuals through consumer education outreach, including group presentations, printed materials, personal consultations, local price surveys and membership benefits. They help individuals understand options and costs so they can make funeral arrangements that are dignified, meaningful and affordable. FCA monitors the death care industry and is run by volunteers.
P. O. Box 14835, Columbus, OH 43214-0835
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
A faith-based, non-profit organization that is invested in developing the spiritual, economic, and communal well-being of Columbus’ Hilltop community. The offer community grants and support older adults living in the community.
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
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
Offers free advice on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.
(800) 526-7234 Voice or (877) 781-9403 TTY
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
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
*Calls handled by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Radio Room
Easterseals Central and Southeast Ohio is the official Ohio State Long-Term Care Ombudsman sponsoring agency, for the Region 6 and Region 8 Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs. The program advocates for excellence in long-term services and supports wherever consumers live. Ombudsmen do not regulate nursing homes and home health agencies, but do work with providers, residents, their families, and other representatives to resolve problems and concerns.
3830 Trueman Court, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
(614) 345-9198 or (800) 536-5891
Offers no-cost, HUD-approved housing counseling on foreclosure prevention, budgeting, refinancing, mortgage assistance, avoiding scams and more. Services are offered in multiple languages.
Provides access to service-specific news and resources that support military families. They also offer confidential counseling over the phone, in person and online for money management, parenting services, relocation, deployment and a variety of other services. All members of the National Guard and Reserve Component and all active-duty members of the Marine Corps, Army, Navy, and Air Force are eligible for services, some at no cost.
(800) 342-9647 Toll-free or 711 TTY/TDD
A social service agency that supports the Muslim community in Central Ohio by offering assistance, referrals and support according to Islamic principles. The help with basic needs (like shelter, utilities and food), resettlement support and paperwork assistance (like applying for benefits, insurances or completing immigration documents). They also offer offer mediation and conflict resolution services, ESL classes, Janazah (Muslim funeral) services; and they hold a school supply drive, toy drive and provide food boxes.
4900 Reed Road, Suite 100, Columbus, Ohio 43220
Prepare your taxes using this free online tool which guides the user step by step to prepare and submit their income taxes. Individuals or families must be income eligible to use MyFreeTaxes. You may also contact LSS 211 Central Ohio at the phone number below for additional information about this program, as well as other tax preparation assistance programs in central Ohio.
195 North Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
HandsOn: (614) 221-6766 or 2-1-1
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
Hosts activities and provides support to the Muslim community and the community at large. Some services include financial help, food baskets, youth programs and a free health clinic.
5001 Wilcox Road, Dublin, Ohio 43016
Provides an online directory of crime victim services, victims’ rights information, resources for international victims and toll-free telephone numbers.
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 financial help to innocent victims of violent crimes (including domestic violence, sexual assault and homicide). Payments can cover medical expenses, counseling and lost wages. The application can be submitted online.
30 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 584-2846 or (614) 466-5610
Free legal representation to state and federal victims of crime throughout Ohio to ensure their constitutional and statutory rights are enforced and protected from the time a crime is first reported throughout the criminal justice process. They also offer Free Victims’ Rights Training to promote awareness of crime victims’ rights laws and to ensure consistent systemic implementation of crime victims’ rights laws.
PO Box 369, Powell, Ohio, 43065
Crime Victims Rights Toolkit: victimsrightstoolkit.com
Offers several services for victims of crime, including crisis intervention and advocacy, information and referrals, notification regarding inmates and online resources for victims.
4545 Fisher Road, Suite D, Columbus, Ohio 43228
Offers several free services to the Latino community including: homework help, educational after school programs and summer camps; 24/7 translation and interpretation services for multiple languages, ESL and citizenship classes for adults; tobacco free program, free car seat checks, and support group for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
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
Offers a free Special Education Legal Clinic for parents of students with disabilities, including free monthly workshops and individual guidance sessions. They provide parents and guardians an opportunity to meet with a special education advocate or attorney, to ask questions and discuss specific challenges related to education. Clinic staff members and volunteers will help guide parents and guardians through the special education process, provide resources, and secure special education services.
262 South 3rd Street, 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
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.
Local attorneys answer legal questions free of charge. Click below for a list of free legal clinic locations and times.
Provides a variety of programs designed to strengthen families on the south side area of Columbus. Their services include GED classes, adult education and workforce development, early education child care, youth and family services, in collaboration with community partners (Boys & Girls Club, House of Hope, Southeast Healthcare Services, Godman Guild, St. Stephen’s Community Center, Alvis, Community Development for All People and South Side Roots Café).
280 Reeb Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207
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.
Gives free legal help to low-income people throughout 30 counties in southeastern Ohio. They handle public benefits, housing, unemployment compensation, family issues, education, employment, health and other matters.
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
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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 brown bag lunches to those that are hungry.
139 East Second Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
Offers ESL and citizenship classes for adults, tutoring for grades 2-12 students and GED prep. They also provide a free legal clinic and host a weekly soup kitchen and pantry on Tuesdays.
3750 Sullivant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43228
Serves cancer patients who are actively in treatment. They provide awareness, emotional support and financial assistance to men, women, and parents of children in active cancer treatment.
1347 Worthington Woods Boulevard, Suite A, Columbus, Ohio 43085
Provides free information on preparing for education beyond high school. Students can submit an online application for financial aid (FAFSA), get information about careers and find schools offering majors in those careers. They can also look for scholarships online. Click for a college preparation checklist, that explains how to prepare academically and financially for college with a ‘to do’ list for students and parents.
400 Maryland Avenue, Washington DC, 20202
(800) 433-3243 or (800) 730-8913 TTY
Additional Contact Information: studentaid.gov/help-center/contact
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 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.
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 (DACA). Other programs include daytime and evening GED prep classes, English as a Second Language (ESL), 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