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Assistance programs Butler County Ohio and Hamilton.

Financial help, free items, and assistance for everything from paying rent to medical care or security deposits is available in Butler County. Find the main churches or charities to apply at for help as well as low income government grant programs from DJFS. Some or all of the agencies help qualified low income families, the elderly, disabled and others pay their bills. Or families and children can get free food, back to school supplies, help with finding a job, Christmas toys and much more.

Emergency financial help for paying bills is offered along with self-sufficiency services, which is free budgeting, debt reduction, and case management. There are also resources such as free money saving resources for improving household finances. All of these programs, and others, can be found below.

Assistance from Butler County Community Action Agency

SELF, or Supports to Encourage Low-income Families, is the community action agency for Butler County Ohio. They offer several programs to help local residents with their bills and expenses, and that will also help people become self-sufficient over the long term. Some of their programs include:

  • Weatherization- The organization works closely with the Community Action Partnership of Greater Dayton, and as a result of this SELF serves as Butler County's Weatherization intake center. SELF can help low-income individuals apply for this federal government program. Weatherization will install, for free, upgrades to clients homes, including extra insulation, caulking, windows, furnace tune ups, and more. The goal is to help people reduce their utility and heating bills.
  • Utility and Heating Bill Assistance from the Home Energy Assistance Program & Summer Crisis Cooling Program – If you are struggling in today’s difficult economy, low income, elderly, or disabled, you may be eligible for grants from LIHEAP. The Supports to Encourage Low-income Families agency (SELF) provides both winter and summer utility assistance for eligible families to ensure households of people who are low to moderate income, the elderly, people with disabilities and also families with younger children have the funds and resources to keep their power on, and their families’ safe. This is a federal government program that provides eligible household with grants and funds to pay their bills and keep their service on.




  • Interview-Quality Clothing Closet – SELF helps low-income individuals preparing for job interviews and will provide business attire for work or interviews.
  • Employment & education program - This program will help participants map out steps to success through Job search assistance, job training and resume building advise and tips.

Contact SELF at 1790 S. Erie Highway, Ste. A-C, Hamilton, OH 45011. The phone number is (513) 868-9300, or find Supports to Encourage Low-income Families programs.

A variety of financial assistance programs exist

The Family Resource Center provides resources to individuals and families in the Oxford Ohio and Talawanda School District area only. FRC can offer help and self-sufficiency services from nonprofit organizations and charities.

The group provides lower income families with resources, assistance and advocacy - centering on rent and housing help, prescription medication assistance, utility and heating bill assistance, emergency food and resources to shelter, and special transportation assistance.  To learn more on patient assistance programs, use the previous link for details.

In addition, the FRC center promotes self-sufficiency by helping clients with short-term financial planning, work training opportunities, long-term goal management, and other employment assistance.





The FRC group helps clients with registration and scheduling services including Lions Club, Oxford Talawanda Dental Services, People United for Self Help and also the Ohio Benefit Bank organization. These referrals to these groups will assist clients with formula and diapers, dental services, medical assistance services and supplies, home repairs, immunizations, job and employment search, free legal aid, affordable housing, parenting and eye exams or receiving glasses. Read more eye exams and glasses.

Last, but not least, the Holiday Gift Program is a program whereby Walmart gift cards are given to low and mid income families to offer a better holiday experience and help pay for holiday gifts. Phone (513) 523-5859, Or read more details on Family Resource Center assistance programs in Butler County.

Salvation Army of Butler County-Hamilton - Numerous assistance programs are offered. Get free food, financial assistance for paying rent, heating, or energy bills, or housing costs. There are also low cost thrift stores, free holiday programs, and items for basic living needs. The local centers serves the low income, seniors, and poor in all of Butler County and surrounding regions. Children, including students, can also get free Christmas toys and/or back to school supplies. Referrals to other agencies may be provided too.

In addition, the Salvation Army center promotes self-sufficiency by helping clients with short-term financial planning as well as case management. There may also be free work clothing vouchers, assistance and help with other employment, and other social services. Call (513) 863-1445, or learn more Salvation Army Butler programs.

Another option is the Salvation Army of Middletown. The faith based charity provides a number of Family Services. The address of the Christian faith based charity is 1711 S. University Blvd., Middletown, OH 45044. The programs include the following.

  • A food pantry with free groceries, perishable items, and food.
  • General financial help, including for utilities (Duke energy) and maybe rent.
  • Holiday programs, Christmas toys, and meal baskets.
  • A low cost thrift store.
  • Referrals to other Butler County resources, including shelter, health services, and more.

For more information on their programs, the center can be reached at (513) 423-9452.

Hamilton Ohio Society of Saint Vincent De Paul partners with churches in Hamilton County Ohio and organizations in Cincinnati. Together they operate thrift stores and clothing closets for the low income and general public. These locations may have winter coats, boots, work clothes, and Christmas assistance. Other financial assistance for homeless prevention may be available from the society. This includes emergency rental, heating bill, and general utility assistance. Hundreds of families from the county are supported every year from their resources. Get more information on the Butler County Ohio St. Vincent assistance programs.

Community Action Partnership supports those in the Dayton part of Butler County. Low income programs are administered. Some of the services in highest demand include transitional housing, food, and funds for paying energy bills. Other self-sufficiency and employment services are also administered. Continue with the Dayton Ohio community action partnership.





Call center - Referral service - Anyone in need can get information or referrals to programs. This includes financial assistance for rent, utilities, security deposits, and heating bills. Prescription assistance and holiday meals and gifts are also offered by local churches or charities, among other services.

Funding is limited, and they may run out. Clothing and household products are also offered. The service also provides guidance on emplacement needs. Call 211, or more on referrals in Butler County.

Tenants with an eviction notice, the homeless, or homeowners with a foreclosure filing can seek help from local homeless prevention programs. Clients of this service, ranging from single parents to families living in poverty, are given access to many forms of assistance. There may even be motel vouchers for residents of Butler County that do not have a place to live. More on Butler County Ohio homeless prevention.

Free Christmas and holiday resources are offered by churches, non-profits, and other charity organizations. Qualified low income Butler County residents can receive support around all of the holidays. Gifts, toys, clothing, meals, and free food are examples of what is offered. Find details on Butler County Ohio free holiday assistance.

Emergency rental assistance - Several non-profits, churches, charities, and government organizations oversee rental and housing programs for the Butler County Ohio region. Each agency is focused on preventing homelessness, helping people find long term, stable housing, and offering other forms of support. While funding and grants are limited, a case manager may also have referrals as a last resort. More rent assistance in Butler County.

Catholic Charities has churches across the region. The programs include Food for All, which gives out free groceries. There is also caregiver assistance, mental health counseling, family services, Language resources as well as free legal aid for immigrants. A major focus is on helping the elderly, immigrants, encouraging families, and so much more. Continue with Butler County OH Catholic Charities.

Here I Am Ministries - The location is 3040 Hamilton-Middletown Road. Hamilton, OH 45011, dial (513) 867-0656. Free food, clothes, winter coats, and even financial aid or prescription medications may be offered.

Butler County Department of Job and Family Services can help the poor and less fortunate. Their assistance is usually offered as a last resort, when the residents is out of other options. Low income families can get help with utilities from Home Heating Credit. People facing eviction or the homeless can apply for emergency rental or security deposit assistance. There is also free food, Emergency Shelter for Abuse Victims, information on loan programs to pay for basic needs, Employment Transportation, and other support too. The main office is in Hamilton Ohio, phone (513) 887-5600, or read more public assistance in Butler County.

YWCA of Butler County only helps women or children from domestic abuse/violence. The charity an offers a transitional living Program. As part of this there may be short term, emergency financial assistance such as funds for paying rent, heating bills or utilities. Other resources for people in the program may be legal aid, housing, and job leads. Call (513) 281-5770.

Council on Aging of SW Ohio provides support in Butler County. Learn about health care from a program known as MyCare Ohio, locations of Senior Centers as well as Meals on Wheels sites, respite for caregivers and more. They also help the elderly apply for Medicare as well as arrange day trips with their peers. Continue with Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio.







Jewish Family Service supports the city and portions of Boone County. The charity may offer help, regardless of faith or religion. Examples of solutions include one time rent or security deposit help, care for seniors, applications to Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program or medical programs, and more. Another focus is on basic needs such as food, shelter, Meals on Wheels and eviction prevention. More details on Jewish Family Services.

Butler Metropolitan Housing Authority can provide assistance for the elderly, very low-income households,  and the disabled. Resources can help them pay for decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private rental market in the county. 4110 Hamilton-Middletown Road, Hamilton, OH 45011-6218. Call (513) 896-4411, or click Butler County housing authority.

Free clothing closets, furniture banks and thrift stores in Butler County Ohio are open to the public as well as low income families. Some clients are given free goods or maybe vouchers to pay for clothes, others can shop for goods at a discount. The free furniture banks also give out household items too.

Also, get help from seasonal services, which offer winter coats during the fall or cold months or free school supplies to low income parents. During the spring job hunting season, suits, work attire, and related goods are often provided. More on free clothing banks, furniture and school supplies in Butler County.

Contact an attorney for free legal assistance

Legal Aid Society provides Hamilton and Butler County residents with a top quality source of legal information, representation, information, free advice and referral for low income and people in need of legal help in the area. Dial 513.241.9400.

Free foreclosure prevention and debt assistance

LifeSpan in a non-profit credit and HUD counseling agency that offers Senior assistance programs, credit repair, housing and free foreclosure counseling, foreclosure prevention, outpatient behavioral health services, debt assistance and reduction services and guardianship programs to qualified individuals. Phone 513.868.9220. Click here for more information on debt help and assistance programs.

Neighborhood Housing of Hamilton, Inc. offers foreclosure counseling, mortgage help, and counseling. The programs focus on those who are in danger of losing their home. Dial (513) 737-9301. Learn more on Ohio mortgage programs.





Employment and job finding programs

Stop by or call the Hamilton based Workforce One - Job Center at 513.785.6500. The center offers the following employment programs:

  • Career counseling, resume review and job application assistance, interview skills and veteran assistance programs.
  • The location is a so called One Stop career center that is housing job finding and assistance agencies and non-profit organizations which help jobseekers with all aspects of job search and ideally land them a new position.
  • They also offer a resource room with computer access, fax machines and other resources.

Butler County and Hamilton food assistance programs

Several pantries, non-profits, and charities to turn to for free meals, food, groceries and nutritional items include the list below. Many of these locations can also refer people to programs for such expenses as rent, utility bills, or hunger prevention resources. The free pantries can often provide information on Ohio and federal government assistance programs.

  • Community Meal Center - 513.867.5411
  • Salvation Army - Hamilton - 513.867.5411
  • Family Services - Middletown - 513.423.4637
  • Lighthouse Food Pantry - 513.867.9463
  • Holding Hands Food Pantry - Miami Ohio. Dial (513) 868-3265. Food, clothing, and other items
  • Serve City - (513) 737-9701. Food, shoes, clothing, groceries, and other aid.
  • There are other charities that operate pantries, places for holiday meals, and soup kitchens in the area. Find more food pantries in Butler County Ohio.

Low income, uninsured health care clinics and programs

Two options in the area to contact for high quality, discounted health care include the following. There are medical medical providers, and learn more on them below. Or free community clinics in Butler County are also available to the low income and indigent. There are dozens of free health centers, clinics, and dental programs.

Medical Outreach Services Department - Mercy Franciscan at St. Raphael - This center helps low income people. The resources they offer include Prescription Assistance Programs, health screenings, vision screenings, medical debt consultations, Healthcare for the Homeless, and, most importantly access to health care programs, health education services, assistance for victims of breast cancer, and limited financial assistance with medical supplies and products. Phone 513.603.8200.

Ernest J. Bever Community Health Center - This clinic accepts government insurance programs, and offers health care and will bill according to a sliding scale. 513.892.1888.

The Women’s Health Issues in Miami-Valley Sisterhood (WHIIMS), which operates in Butler County Ohio, helps those in need by providing free medical services. The organization WHIIMS ( is a nonprofit group. The agency provides help with medical bills, prescription drugs and health care needs.

Some of the support they provide includes care or financial aid. This may include emergency grants to help pay medical bills and debts, prescription assistance,  prosthetic devices and even wigs! This type of medical support is provided to women who live in Butler County. If this organization does not help, then find additional ways to get free health care from state and local clinic health alliances.





Other clinics to call in the area that may offer low cost medical care, or that can refer you, include Butler County Community Health Consortium ((513)-425-8305) and the facilities they partner with. Services include free dental care, prescriptions, physicals, OBGYN and other health care.

By Jon McNamara

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