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Ashtabula County assistance programs.

Emergency and low income financial aid programs in Ashtabula County help the less fortunate. Whether it is one time energy bill or rent help, or information on job programs or free food banks, resources are offered. Dozens of churches, charities, and other agencies assist struggling families with free gasoline vouchers, medical care, security deposits, free debt counseling, and other services.

Find assistance with bills and expenses

One organization to turn to is the Ashtabula County Community Action Agency. Call them at (440) 997-1721. They have grants and funds that can be used to pay heating bills. Two options are the Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) and the Winter Crisis Program (WCP). These programs will help even more Ashtabula County residents this year as the program has expanded. The eligible income level for HEAP assistance is now 200 percent of the national income poverty guidelines, which is up from a 175 percent level that was in effect last year.

The Winter Crisis Program provides a one-time cash grant payment per heating season for gas or electric utilities. Or the grant can be used to pay for the delivery of propane, wood, heating fuel oil or kerosene to households when a customer’s gas or electric service has been disconnected; the customer has less than a 25 percent supply of bulk fuel; or a customer has received a final disconnect notice.

If you make appointment, you can also delay your utility service from being disconnected. As once an appointment is made via the automated call in number above, the utility disconnection will be suspended as long as the customer submits the account number for the utility company. So this will provide you more time to apply for aid and get your bill paid off.

Several other programs are offered by ACCAA to low income families in the Ashtabula County region. While they will try to provide financial aid for a number of needs, in some case only referrals or information is available.




A key focus is on solving rent and housing issues, and the New Hope Supportive Housing Program helps with this. The agency can provide eviction prevention, emergency funds to pay rent, and assistance with security deposits. Supportive housing and aid, or loans, from the Emergency Food and Shelter program are offered.

Free food, including meals, is for seniors, children, and the disabled. A home delivery service is offered for the homebound, or Ashtabula County Community Action Agency also processes applications for food stamps and WIC.

Some other services include Head Start, free fans during the hot summer months and more. Click more Ashtabula County Community Action Agency programs.

Another place that can help is the Salvation Army Jefferson Service Unit. Dial (440) 997-5614. It offers county residents a variety of assistance and ways to get help with bills. The Jefferson Unit has seen an unprecedented number of individuals and families who need emergency funds to help with paying a variety of bills, including medical bills, prescription costs, medicines, clothing and they even offer a used appliance replacement program.

Anyone who applies for, and tries to receives assistance of any kind from the Salvation Army will be screened for residency and income, and they must also meet various criteria that is based upon certain income levels. Continue with Salvation Army Ashtabula County and Trumbull assistance programs.

Get free food from the Ashtabula Dream Center. Call them at 440.998.3732. The charity organization operates a soup kitchen as well as food bank and also offers free clothing to the needy in the surrounding area.





Catholic Charities of Ashtabula County (call 440.992.2121) provides local residents with access to emergency assistance, financial literacy, rent help and housing counseling. There are also non-monetary services administered, including representative payeeship and guardianship for individuals and families. More on Ashtabula County Catholic Charities assistance programs.

Another focus is on referring families living in poverty to government grant programs. Catholic Charities can thereby provide information on shelters, TANF welfare type benefits, and more. Also learn about Ohio Section 8 housing vouchers.

Country Neighbor Program offers services including home delivered and on site meals, homemaker services for the elderly as well as transportation. The program also provides emergency financial assistance and grants, and also operates the food bank for area food pantries. Orwell, OH call 440.437.6311.

Pro-bono and free legal advice is provided from Legal Aid Society of Jefferson Ohio. Call 440.998.0722. Attorneys at the firm may be able to secures justice and resolves fundamental problems for those who are low income and vulnerable. Access legal advice for housing and foreclosure, consumer debt, and other non-criminal issues. Lawyers are providing quality non-criminal legal services and working for systemic solutions to the court system.

Free food, meals, and basic needs in Ashtabula County

Conneaut Human Resource Center is involved in a mobile pantry. Free groceries, hot meals, clothing, and hygiene items are provided. The address is 327 Mill St, Conneaut, OH 44030, call (440) 593-5273.

St. Johns Lutheran Church is located at 811 S Broadway in Geneva, Ohio 44041. Phone - (440) 466-2473.

Andover First United Methodist Church - Address is 181 S Main St, Andover, OH 44003. There is a thrift store, clothing closets, and free food bank with groceries, baby formula, and more. Phone number is (440) 293-6290.

Manna Project - The charity offers basic needs. Free food, Christmas meals, school supplies, and more are served to the working poor. The address is 89 E Satin St, Jefferson, Ohio 44047. Dial (440) 576-0931.





Ten other food banks and soup kitchens are available in Ashtabula County. A family that needs help should contact one if their local town or community. But when qualified, not only may a bag of groceries be given, but many of the charities also have clothing, Christmas meals, and even applications to SNAP food stamps. More information.


By Jon McNamara

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