Ohio Assistance Programs.
You can obtain aid, grants and assistance in all counties and cities located in Ohio, including Columbus and Cleveland. In addition to the programs offered by the state listed below, find organizations and charities in Ohio that can provide help with paying bills and other expenses such as rent.
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS)
This agency offers a wide range of assistance to Ohio residents. Help provided by the state includes unemployment compensation, cash assistance and grants, health care aid, food assistance, child care support, and training and unemployment assistance. Additional programs offered include those listed below.
Mortgage Help and Foreclosure Prevention
Ohio has programs that can help you with paying your mortgage and also avoid foreclosure. Services are offered in your local town and county. Read more Ohio mortgage assistance.
In addition, the state also offers a voluntary mediation program. This will ensure homeowners and their banks communication in an effort to resolve the crisis.
There are also numerous non-profit HUD approved housing agencies. Counselors can direct homeowners to various programs and solutions that are available to them. Some programs and resources are free. Click here.
ODJFS also offers financial assistance to eligible, low income needy parents to help the parents pay for child care expenses and bills while they engage in work and/or training efforts. Income requirements are in place in order to receive this child care support. (877) 852-0010, or more on child care assistance in Ohio.
Ohio's Best Rx
This aid program provides a discount pharmacy card which will help with paying prescription bills. It is offered to residents of Ohio, regardless of income. Call 1-866-923-7879. Also find additional ways to get medical bill assistance from the program.
Ohio Healthy Families
This is a free health insurance care program for lower income families in Ohio. It will provide coverage and help with paying bills and health care costs. 1-800-324-8680.
Ohio Healthy Start
A free health insurance plan for children under the age of 19 and pregnant women.
Various clinics in Ohio provide either free or low cost medical and health care. Click here to learn more.
Not only do clinics offer health care, but several non-profits across Ohio also offer dental services, such as cleanings, check ups and more. Read more on Ohio dental clinics.
Patients who are uninsured or that have limited health insurance coverage can turn to government and non-profits for their health care. Several resources are available and can provide assistance such as prescription medication, check ups, medical care for children, and more. Click Ohio uninsured health care.
The state of Ohio offers two types of cash assistance grants that can help people pay bills and debt. The Ohio Works First (OWF) and the Disability Financial Assistance (DFA). Ohio Works First will provide time-limited monthly cash assistance to eligible families. It will also provide activities to assist people with finding long term employment. The Disability Financial Assistance Program provides a monthly cash assistance benefit to needy, eligible, or disabled individuals without minor children. Cash assistance can be used for various reasons, including to help pay bills, housing costs or debt. (614) 466-4815
Our nation's primary food assistance program is managed by the Ohio agency known as The Request for Ohio Works First.
One of the leading non-profits to call in Ohio is the Salvation Army. Programs help with a variety of needs. Get assistance with rent, medications, energy bills, gasoline, and much more. Funding is limited, but services are available. Read more Ohio Salvation Army.
Emergency Food Assistance
Emergency food assistance is provided by local nonprofit agencies, such as pantries. Groceries, emergency food boxes, meals, and other aid is distributed. To be eligible for emergency food assistance, your family income must meet certain thresholds.
Assistance on Phone Bills
Consumers that meet low income guidelines can receive a monthly discount on their bill, and this includes cellular (or wireless) as well as home phones. In some cases a credit can be applied to the connection fee that is due as well. Click here Ohio Lifeline telephone program.
If you have a child support order that was issued in Ohio and you lose your job through no fault of your own, or if you have a substantial salary cut, you have the right to request a review of your child support order from your enforcement agency. The CSEA will review and consider your case, and it will present a recommendation for a possible adjustment to your monthly child support payments. 1800-686-1556.
Ohio Housing Assistance Vouchers
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the state of Ohio offer subsidies for paying rent as part of section 8. The main clients tend to be very low income families with children, senior citizens, and the disabled in the state of Ohio. Click more information.
Help with Dental Bills
Dental OPTIONS is a program offered by dentists in Ohio in which they will provide patients with reduced fees, or even free dental care. More.
Disability Programs and Resources
Individuals in Ohio with a disability can get assistance from the state. Several government benefits can assist with needs including health care, transportation, financial assistance, and home care. Services for the disabled are extensive and wide ranging. Find Ohio disability benefits.
Low and moderate income individuals can get free legal representation and advice. There are several Ohio organizations that provide this service. Continue.
Homeless Prevention and Eviction Programs
Using funds from Emergency Solutions Grant and other resources, Ohio non-profits provide assistance to prevent evictions or utility disconnection. Funds can help pay rent and housing costs. The homeless can receive grants to pay a security deposit for low income housing or apartments. Read more.
Help Get Out of Debt and Credit Services
Credit counseling and non-profit housing organization can help Ohio individuals eliminate their medical and credit card debts. Many centers can also provide assistance with home loans and foreclosure services. The non-profits have offices across the state. Find Ohio credit counseling agencies.
Training and Employment Assistance
ODJFS also manages a network of over 90 locally operated “One-Stop Centers” in 20 areas throughout Ohio. The One-Stop Center provide free job training, advice, grants, and various other employment services to Ohioans looking for work. The center will help match job seekers with those businesses that are looking to hire workers, and it will also help laid-off workers learn new skills, find new jobs, provide counseling and give advice to help them through difficult times. 1-888-296-7541. Or find locations and read more on Ohio job programs.
If you can’t afford health insurance, you may be eligible for Medicaid, the federal- and state-funded health care grant program for eligible families or individuals with low income. Medicaid will provide access to health care services for pregnant women, children, families with children younger than 19, people with disabilities, and also adults 65 and older who meet certain financial requirements.
Senior Assistance Programs in Ohio
Individuals age 50 and older may be able to receive help from the Department of Aging in Ohio. A number of offices provide services. Locate resources such as food, home delivered meals, energy bill help, medications, and much more. Click here.
Social Services and Government Emergency Aid
Families who are struggling with meeting their basic needs may qualify for help from the Ohio Family Services. Financial assistance can help pay bills and expenses. Services can provide housing, energy bill help, food, medical bill assistance, and additional resources. Read more Ohio Public assistance.
Ohio Energy Company Programs
Low income families may receive financial assistance from non-profit agencies in their county. However, in addition to those, most utility and gas companies in Ohio offer their own emergency grant, payment plans and conservation programs. Click here.
Tenant Rent Information Line
The Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio operates this. It provides information on tenant rights and responsibilities. A focus is on families with children, immigrants, and single moms or dads that are struggling with housing. Read more COHHIO programs.
Food Distribution Centers
Many counties have non-profits and programs that distribute free food, and you can find them in the county list below. Ohio residents can also turn to pantries and food banks. More on Ohio food banks.
Employment Services, Grants, and Education
If you are struggling to increase your income, find a job, or to pay your bills, then a community action agency may be able to help. Case managers help people address a crisis and they assist clients with long term self-sufficiency. More details.
Assistance From Ohio Cities and Counties
Adams County (West Union)
Allen County (Lima)
Ashtabula County (Jefferson)
Auglaize County (Wapakoneta)
Belmont County (Saint Clairsville)
Brown County (Georgetown)
Butler County (Hamilton)
Carroll County (Carrollton)
Champaign County (Urbana)
Clark County (Springfield)
Clermont County (Batavia)
Clinton County (Wilmington)