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Columbus Public Health (CPH) Resource Lists

These neighborhood resource lists are extremely helpful in finding resources near you. 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
(614) 645-7417
Columbus Public Health Neighborhood Social Work Helpline: (614) 645-6807
https://new.columbus.gov/Services/Public-Health

America Saves

Provides information and encouragement for individuals and families around money management, debt reduction, how to build wealth, and life after retirement. The Military Saves website has articles and resources specifically for military families.
(202) 387-6121
Military Saves: militarysaves.org
America Saves for Young Workers: americasavesforyoungworkers.org
americasaves.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

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

Ascent Microfinance

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
(614) 398-1706
ascentmicrofinance.org

Columbus Financial Empowerment Center (FEC)

Offers free, one-on-one financial counseling as a public service to adult residents of Central Ohio. Certified Financial Counselors help individuals and families navigate a budget, save money, find safe and affordable banking, reduce debt, and improve their credit. This service is provided as a partnership between the City of Columbus & Jewish Family Services.
1070 College Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43209
(614) 237-9675
columbusfec.org

Columbus Urban League (CUL)

A community‐based, non‐profit, advocacy organization that works to empower Black and urban communities through economic, educational and social progress with programs, classes and services.

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

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

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.
consumer.ftc.gov

Franklinton Development Association (FDA)

Non-profit strengthening the Franklinton community (zip codes 43215, 43222, 43223, 43204, 43228) through affordable housing, neighborhood advocacy, and financial education. Their Financial Life Skills Program provides free education on topics like budgeting, banks and credit, and provides graduates with a financial incentive and graduation certificate for anyone in Franklin County. They build and rehab homes to provide affordable housing for low-income renters or buyers, award grants to organizations for youth and family engagement or workforce development, and advocate for the Franklinton community.
1091 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43222
(614) 636-3644
franklintondevelopment.org
franklinton.org
hilltopusa.org

Gertrude Wood Community Foundation (GWCF)

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
(614) 252-7456
gwoodfoundation.com

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

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
(888) 995-4673
995hope.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 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
(614) 275-4663
hoth-cdc.org

Jewish Family Services (JFS)

Offers a combination of job search assistance, counseling, case management, and family stabilization designed to meet the complex needs of individuals and families. Wrap-around services help clients address challenges like stable housing, financial wellness, and mental and physical health challenges. Most services are free, and mental health counseling fees are based on insurance. JFS is open to the Jewish and non-Jewish communities. They also offer resettlement services for refugees and New Americans, and specialized services for Holocaust survivors and older adults.
1070 College Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43209
(614) 231-1890
jfscolumbus.org

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

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. Their website has lots of resources for families for moving, adoption, legal help, retirement planning, spouse education, and more.
(800) 342-9647
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

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 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
Additional Contact Information: studentaid.gov/help-center/contact


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