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Assistance programs in Allen County Ohio.

Find how to get free items as well as financial help for rent, heating or utility bills, medical costs, and more. There are all sorts of organizations in Allen County that help the low income as well as people facing a crisis. Everything from a local church to a charity, non-profit, or government agency may offer grants for paying rent or security deposits, cash loans, free food, or other support.

Help paying bills and rent

LACCA, which is short for Lima/Allen Council on Community Affairs, is the local community action agency that administers a number of financial assistance programs to fight poverty and help low income throughout the community. Programs include Early Head Start which can provide children educational opportunities, food, and medical and dental care. Foreclosure Prevention will put you in touch with a housing counselor to learn about mortgage assistance, credit repair, and debt reduction programs.

Limited financial aid may be provided too, and the agency may use loans in some cases as well. Heating and Utility Bill assistance is offered from LIHEAP and other energy programs. Get financial literacy, including debt counseling. Rent/Mortgage Assistance can help people deal with housing issues. There may also be government grants available for rental expenses and other housing costs. RX/AIM, Assistance with Prescription Medicine, is also offered. They agency is based on S. Central in Lima Ohio and can be called at (419) 227-2586, or more Lima-Allen Council on Community Affairs.

Salvation Army of Allen County Ohio offers the following. A on site free food pantry can provide free food at most one time per month in an emergency situation. There are also resources for feeding children during the summer months.





Emergency assistance can help pay rent, energy bills, or provide prescriptions. Holiday meals and assistance for Christmas and Thanksgiving meals and gifts. Free coats are offered to the poor and low income, and all income qualified people are eligible. The Family Service Office will refer clients to sources of financial help or grants for paying heating, utility, and electric bills. Call them at (419) 224-9055, or read more on Allen County Salvation Army assistance programs.

Energy Share is run by the Salvation Army (phone number above). It is an assistance program for any heating source, whether the homeowner uses propane, heating oil, or propane. To apply for aid, the applicant must have a disconnect notice from their energy provider.

Another charity run by local churches is St. Vincent de Paul Society. Some of the assistance offered includes free food, clothing, meals, and a limited amount of financial assistance for paying energy bills. There may also be no-interest loans for other housing needs. Call (419) 224-3569, or more on St. Vincent programs in Allen County.

Assistance with housing expenses, including rent, is provided by several non-profits as well as the Department Of Job And Family Services in Allen County. Depending on factors such as the household income and the grant funding that is available in the region, some clients may receive emergency rental or security deposit help, counseling, or free legal aid. Find the details on Allen County and Lima rent programs.

Allen County families that want to increase their income can get free career advice or enroll into job programs. One Stop Centers, corporations, and others provide tips and suggestions to everyone from the low income to seniors, immigrants, and anyone seeking more money. Also find work from home jobs.





Food pantries and banks in Allen County Ohio

There are several different places that provide free food, groceries, and other forms of non-financial aid to qualified individuals. You may be able to get clothes, advice, or counseling. The non-profits also try to provide information on federal government and state of Ohio resources, such as SNAP food stamps.

Find more information on Ohio food banks, or call any of the following. Calvary Chapel Baptist Church ((419) 628-3717), Firm Foundation Christian Center ((419) 339-2487), Allentown United Methodist Church (phone (419) 230-6727), Allen County Community Samaritan's Pantry ((419) 647-4451).

There are many other local agencies that offer free groceries. If those centers can’t assist, or for additional locations, find more Allen County food pantries.

Housing, legal, and foreclosure advice

Allen County Ohio is supported by Legal Aid Of Western Ohio Inc. Get access to free Legal Services that can help with the following issues, including Landlord & Tenant disputes, Civil Domestic Violence, Foreclosure Prevention, and Divorce Visitation/Custody. Lawnyers from the non-profit can also help with applications for, Government Benefits including SSI, Public Benefits and Consumer Debt Laws. The location is Lima Ohio. (888) 543-1432

Ohio Northern University Legal Clinic (phone number (419) 227-0061) offers many similar programs. Both students and law professors may provide free advice.




Health clinics for low income

St. Rita's Medical Center - This center can offer primary health and maybe dental care for people with no insurance as well as Medicaid patients who have no family physician or insurance. Noninsured individuals can call for help. Call (419) 996-5077


By Jon McNamara

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