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Adams and Brown County assistance programs.

The local community action agency, Adams-Brown Counties Economic Opportunities, Inc., offers low income residents the following assistance programs and services.

Summer Utility Bills - If you are faced with an unexpected high summer cooling bills, or unexpected expenses, the Summer Crisis Program may be able to help. It provides grants to help pay a summer cooling bill, and is also an emergency crisis type program. It can also prevent disconnections.

Heating Bills - For those people who are faced with an emergency, The Winter Crisis Program, which is part of LIHEAP, is offered during the winter. The program provides one time grants and financial aid that can help low-income and working poor Ohioans with paying for their gas and heating bills.

Medical and Health Care - Receive free or discounted care from he Adams County and Brown County Child & Family Health community clinics. In addition, if you do not qualify for free care, medicaid is accepted and they also provide loans and financing for medical bills.

Section 8 housing - A voucher program is offered to help people pay rent or find housing. The agency is a HUD approved, section 8 housing group. Learn more on Section 8

Home Weatherization Assistance Program -  Funded by both Ohio and the federal government, the program was created to help people save money on energy bills and reduce the energy consumption of low low-income households. Get help in the form of wall and floor insulation, duct insulation and sealing, home repairs, furnace tune ups, and much more. Read more on Ohio weatherization and HEAP.

Information - Learn about other programs such as Medicare Rx Extra Help, Best RX Prescription Drug Program, Medicaid, SNAP (Food Stamps), and more.

Housing and homeless prevention - For families facing eviction, there may be grants available for paying rent. ABCAP also assists those who are homeless. Low income apartments, funds to pay security deposits, and transitional housing centers are available in the Adams County Ohio region.

Head Start - Created to help kids up to the age of 3, and provides education, advice, and food.

Contact the Adams-Brown Counties Economic Opportunities, Inc., which has a main office in Georgetown Ohio but other locations as well, at (937) 378-6041. Or for more details on services from ABCAP, click here financial help from Adams-Brown Counties Economic Opportunities.





Mt Orab United Methodist Church ((937) 444-1046) is a local food pantry.

Brown County Helping Hands, which is located in Georgetown, offers food, counseling, and may have limited financial assistance, or direct people to programs, for rent or energy bill help. (937) 378-6942

Fayetteville United Methodist Church is another place to turn to for food and aid. (513) 724-8959

Freestore is a social service organization that not only offers free food, but other emergency and long term assistance is provided too. A Benefits Outreach team can offer applications to public aid such as section 8 or SNAP food stamps. There also also emergency funds for paying back rent, including loans from local non-profits. Other resources include Meals on Wheels and more. Continue with Freestore Foodbank.

Brown County SVdP is a faith based organization. Volunteers may have information on emergency financial aid and other support programs, including food or more. Saint Vincent de Paul affiliated churches will offer assistance to the less fortunate in Brown County as resources allow. More on SVDP Brown County area assistance programs.

Interfaith House of West Union Ohio can also provide food and groceries. Call (937) 544-7141.

Salvation Army emergency services are available in the region. There are a couple locations that can provide qualified low income families with help, as funding allows. While what is available throughout the year may vary, Brown County residents may receive some or all of the following.

  • Free groceries or meals from a pantry or soup kitchen.
  • Thrift stores can provide low cost basic goods such as clothes or holiday items.
  • Limited cash assistance for expenses such as rent or utilities.
  • Receive information on other local, Brown County Ohio non-profits and assistance programs.
  • Other services may be offered.


By Jon McNamara

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