The Central City Economical Development Community Action Council is a local organization that is determined to assist both Mansfield and Richland County Residence. Some of the services they offer are below. Contact them to apply, or learn what other resources they can offer you.
HEAP - Winter Crisis Program
This is the Home Energy Assistance Program, which is a federally funded heating and utility bill assistance program that was created to help eligible Ohioans meet the rising cost of home heating this winter and assist them with paying their gas and heating bills. The utility bill assistance program helps income-eligible households who face disconnection, have had their utilities disconnected, or have a 10-day or less supply of bulk or heating fuel.
HEAP - Summer Crisis Program
There is also a program for the hot summer months. The Summer Crisis Program on the other hand is designed to assist eligible customers with electric service disconnects during the spring to fall months.
Emergency Food, Housing, and Shelter Program
Qualified households can receive a cash grant that is to be used as a one time rent / mortgage payment and / or utility bill payment. Of course the customer must meet all program guidelines and criteria.
Help with medical debt
Patients with outstanding medical debt or bills due to medical facilities and hospitals can receive help from negotiation services and other health care costs can be reduced or eliminated. Find other ways to get out of medical debt.
Medical Assistance Program and Prescription Assistance
The Medical Assistance Program will help families and individuals who do not have any health insurance that provides prescription rugs. It will provide prescription medications in order to help prevent a crisis situation. This program is primarily designed to assist low and moderate income eligible residents of Richland County who do not have any prescription coverage in their insurance plans.
Social Services is the umbrella name for many of the financial aid programs. The goal of this is to end homelessness and hunger. CACEHR may be able to provide Richland County families with a cash grant for paying a security deposit, energy bill, or a partial rent payment. Other resources are available as well.
The community action agency is located at 597 Park Ave E, Mansfield, Ohio 44905, (419) 626-4320. More Community Action Commission Richland County.
Catholic Charities has a Rental/ Mortgage Assistance Program, 35 N. Park St. 419-524-0733. Catholic Charities provides assistance with your mortgage or rent as funding allows.
Catholic Charities will also provide assistance to all people who need help, provided they meet certain conditions and that funding is available to them. Currently they are only providing rent assistance for individuals and families who are under the age of 60.
As noted, there are limited funds to disburse. Catholic Charities gets their funding from the Richland County Foundation, and Richland County will specify how funding is spent and what programs are offered. For those who need help with other bills, Catholic Charities recommends people contact First Call of Richland County, which is currently based at the Mansfield/ Richland County Public Library. Some families may be issued a short term loan for their housing needs, including rent or utilities. This is mostly due to the limited resources available.
They partner with Richland County Job and Family Services to provide information on other assistance programs that may be available. Mansfield Ohio (419) 524-0733. More details.
Community Assistance Program, Shelby Help Line Ministries, 29 1/2 Walnut St., Shelby. Provides financial assistance and grants for electric bills, bread products, rent payments furniture and can also oversee the loaning of medical equipment. (419) 347-6307
Consumer Protection and Debt Collection Defense (Legal Aid), 35 N. Park St. Provides discounted or legal services for low to moderate income clients with consumer protection and debt collection defense issues, as well as credit card help.
Financial Aid (RC Veterans Service Commission), Provides residents with temporary emergency financial aid for RC veterans who have met unexpected financial hardship or crisis. Call 419-774-5822.
Harmony House Homeless Shelter, 124 W. Third St., Mansfield. Provides emergency shelter to homeless for up to a 90 day stay. (419) 522-2283
Richland County OHCAC - Ohio Heartland Community Action Commission is a local non-profit that also helps by offering a “hand up” to the low income. Referrals or applications to everything from weatherization to Head Start and grants for paying rent may be provided. Or Richland area families can explore government resources such as Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus or HEAP for paying utility bills. More on Ohio Heartland Community Action assistance programs.
Clothes Closet, Ontario Free Methodist Church, 2200 Bedford Blvd.; (419) 483-3071
Clothes Closet (Mansfield), Park Avenue Baptist Church, 296 Park Avenue West;
Clothes Closet (Shiloh), Plymouth-Shiloh Ecumenical Church Council, 26 Mechanics St.;
Clothes Line, Bellville Presbyterian Church, Bellville;
Emergency Heating and Utility Bill Assistance (Salvation Army Mansfield) 47 S. Main St. 8:45 to 10:45 a.m. Mon. to Fri. This organization provides emergency assistance with paying gas, electric, and water bills to help prevent the disconnection of service or if someone runs out of heating fuel. (419) 525-2912. Read more Ohio Salvation Army assistance programs.
CCEDC-CAC Winter Crises Program to HEAP, 523 Park Avenue East 8 Provides assistance to low to middle income people with paying home heating bills. Appointment line or more information: 866-747-1041
First Energy Fuel Fund (RCJFS) 171 Park Avenue East. 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. weekdays. This group takes applications and will determine eligibility for the First Energy Fuel Fund Program for Ohio Edison.
A couple centers are listed below. They are just a sampling. Find additional Ohio free community clinics that may be able to help the low income as well as people without health insurance.
Third Street Family Health Services - Offers both dental and medical care to people with no other options available to them. Mansfield Ohio. (419) 526-7871
Richland Public Health - This county and government run center offers health and medical care on a sliding fee scale, so bills are reduced for those who can’t afford to pay them. Dial (419) 774-4700.
Catholic Charities has a prescription and medical bill assistance program. Please call Catholic Charities for more details 419-524-0733.
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