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Licking County Coalition for Housing (LCCH)

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
lcchousing.org

America Saves

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
(202) 387-6121
americasaves.org
Military Saves: militarysaves.org
America Saves for Young Workers: americasavesforyoungworkers.org

Apprisen Financial Counseling

Offers counseling, education and advice on housing issues to new and existing homeowners including dealing with rental issues, preventing foreclosure, and bankruptcy counseling.

  • 690 Taylor Road, Suite 150, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
  • 1017 Refugee Road, Pickerington, Ohio 43147

(800) 355-2227 or (614) 552-2222
apprisen.com

Columbus Urban League (CUL)

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
(614) 257-6300
cul.org

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

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
consumerfinance.gov

Gertrude Wood Community Foundation (GWCF)

Offers mentoring programs for youth ages 10-18, annual school supply giveaways, provide free fresh produce and food items; financial literacy classes, and community-based services and affordable housing for youth and families living in the Driving Park Area and surrounding communities.
975 Bulen Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 252-7456
gwoodfoundation.com

Homeownership Preservation Foundation (HPF): Foreclosure & Financial Counseling Hotline

For people who may be in danger of facing foreclosure, the national HPF Homeowner’s HOPE Hotline offers free and confidential assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A financial counselor is also available through the HOME Hotline to help 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
HOPE Hotline (help to avoid foreclosure): (888) 995-4673
HOME Hotline (financial counseling): (844) 995-4663
995hope.org
995home.org

Homeport

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
(614) 221-8889

Homes on the Hill Columbus Development Corporation (HOTH-CDC)

Provides affordable housing in the Hilltop Community of Columbus. 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
(614) 275-4663
hoth-cdc.org

Making Home Affordable

Offers no-cost, HUD-approved housing counseling on foreclosure prevention, budgeting, refinancing, mortgage assistance, avoiding scams and more. Services are offered in multiple languages.
(888) 995-4673
makinghomeaffordable.gov

Military OneSource

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
militaryonesource.mil

Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel (OCC)

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
occ.ohio.gov
Consumer Assistance: occ.ohio.gov/utilityassistance

Ohio State University (OSU) Extension

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
(614) 292-6181
Franklin County Office: franklin.osu.edu/home
extension.osu.edu

Smart About Money (SAM)

Offers in-depth online personal finance courses, articles, calculators and tips to help you manage your money through life’s ups and downs. They do not provide one-on-one counseling or advice on investing, debt consolidation and debt management or offer advice to individual consumers regarding their special circumstances.
smartaboutmoney.org

U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid & FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

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 helpful booklet, titled 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
studentaid.gov