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 low-income 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 or a trained community partner for an interview. The mentor will provide information on finances, as well as consumer protection information, such as how to avoid financial scams and connect to other community resources, such as free tax preparation to avoid high-interest refund anticipation loans. As a reminder, CAP4Kids recommends a thorough review of all community agencies and services to make sure they meet your needs.
197 East Gay Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Contact for Franklin County: (614) 221-3554
Contact for Delaware, Fairfield, Knox, Licking and Ross County: svdpcolumbus.org/contact_info
America Saves is a website of information and resources that motivates, encourages, and supports people to save money, 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 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.
P.O. Box 1981, Pompano Beach, Florida 33061
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.
700 Bryden Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Provides free civil legal assistance and guidance to low income residents and senior citizens of Columbus and Central Ohio (residents of Franklin, Madison, Delaware, Marion, Morrow and Union counties). Legal Aid attorneys may be able to assist you with the following types of cases or legal problems: consumer law, family law, housing, public benefits, reentry, seniors, tax, veterans, education and “Brief Advice” clinics.
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 HandsOn 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
Helpline: (855) 698-9435
Offers assistance programs, with their primary service area including 43201, 43202, 43210 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, Christmas Gift Adoptions program, and Ohio Benefit Bank services.
1950 North Fourth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201
A one-stop place where Ohioans with a low to moderate income can check eligibility for benefits such as child care help, home energy assistance, free tax preparation services and children’s health care insurance. Click on QuickCheck to find out if you are eligible for benefits. Once determining eligibility, you can find a Benefit Bank near where you live.
101 East Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Consumer Assistance Hotline: (800) 648-1176
Provides a variety of programs designed to strengthen families on the south side area of Columbus. Their services include adult education and workforce development, early education child care, youth and family services, in collaboration with community partners (Boys & Girls Club, Lutheran Social Services, Eastway Behavioral Healthcare, Godman Guild, St. Stephens, Alvis, Amethyst, OSU Extension, Community Development for All People and South Side Roots Café).
280 Reeb Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207
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.
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. Other programs include daytime and evening GED prep classes, English as a Second Language (ESL), Ohio Benefit Bank counseling, 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