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Rental assistance in Allen County Ohio

Families in Allen County that need help with their rent can seek help from a charity or government agency in the Lima region. The financial aid is mostly for families facing a short term hardship. Grants will be focused on rental costs for those residents, while others that need long term support can apply for section 8 HUD vouchers or other services.

Homeless prevention is a goal. It is often less expensive for an agency as well as society at large to offer small amounts of assistance for a portion of the back rent. This is often better than rehousing or sheltering a family. As this occurs, the applicant will be enrolled into budgeting and other financial literacy programs.

Rehousing is another option in Allen County Ohio. Funds may be offered for a security or utility deposit on an approved low income apartment. This will help the individual (whether they are a veteran, senior, or single parent) emerge from homeless. There may also be help with moving expenses, first months rent expenses or housing search.

Bluffton Community Assistance Corporation
Bluffton, OH 45817
Main phone - (419) 358-0223
Temporary financial aid, including for rent, utility bills, work needs, and other expenses may be offered at most once per year. Grants will be issued by the non-profit agency.

Allen County Department Of Job And Family Services
Mailing address is 1501 S Dixie Hwy.
Lima, Ohio 45804
Telephone: (419) 228-2621
PRC is the government grant program. It can offer emergency rent help. Other housing costs, ranging from mortgages to deposits on utility service, can be paid. The financial aid is one time only and is for non-recurring expenses. In addition to rent, a tenant can also get help in obtaining appliances such as refrigerators.

Allen Metropolitan Housing
Non-profit is at 600 S. Main
Lima, Ohio 45804
Telephone number is (419) 228-6065
This is the local public housing authority the assistance programs available in Allen County include section 8 housing, Family Self-Sufficiency, pubic housing, home buying programs, employment and more. They main lists of rent subsidized homes, apartments, condos and houses that qualify for section 8 as well.




LAWO - Legal Aid of Western Ohio
Address - 545 W. Market St.
Lima, Ohio 45801-4565
(877) 894-4599
They also partner with Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE). Allen County low income families can get free legal assistance for evictions and more. The disabled or seniors often qualify no matter their income.

Allen County Veterans Service Commission
Mailing address is 301 N Main St. , Allen County Courthouse
Lima, OH 45801
(419) 223-8522
Veterans and families can apply. The goal is homeless prevention. There may be money for shelter expenses, rent, heating bills, and more. The non-profit will also help in applying for low income housing.

Lima/Allen Council On Community Affairs, West Ohio Community Action Partnership  (WOCAP) HCRPP Assistance
Location is 540 S Central Ave.
Lima, OH 45804
Dial (419) 227-2586 for information.
A leading non-profit. The HCRP plan is aimed at stopping evictions. There may be one time rental assistance. For Allen County Ohio families seeking affordable housing, a combination of loans or funds may be used for lease application fees, moving costs, a deposit, or the initial rent payment. HCRP also offers clients counseling and job placement.

Crossroads Crisis Center
Lima, Ohio
Telephone number is (419) 228-4357
They operate an emergency shelter for people impacted by domestic violence. This is mostly women, including single moms. The Center also gives free legal advocacy, information on government aid or rent help, employment and other aid. The goal is to keep women, and their children, safe and stable.





Salvation Army
Main address - 614 E Market St.
Lima, OH 45802
Dial (419) 224-9055
Income qualified families may receive emergency assistance with back rent. There is also help for water bills, AEP costs, and more. The partner is Allen County Christian Aid (ACCA) on this program. More on Salvation Army Allen County rent assistance.

Allen County shelters and transitional housing

These charities do not offer financial aid, but rather can be used by homeless or recently evicted residents.

  • Family Promise Of Lima is at 129 S Pierce St., Lima, Ohio 45801. The phone number is (419) 879-4600.
  • Lima Rescue Mission, 216 E Wayne St., Lima, Ohio 45801-4199, telephone (419) 224-6961.
  • Lima's Samaritan House is located at 328 W McKibben St., Lima, OH 45801, call (419) 222-4663. The shelter focuses on women and children.


By Jon McNamara

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