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Society of St. Vincent de Paul Cincinnati assistance programs.

Financial assistance for expenses such as rent and utilities can be provided by Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Other resources such as household items or food may be distributed too. As with most charities and non-profits, funds and resources are limited and not everyone will be able to qualify or receive help from the Society of St. Vincent in Cincinnati or Hamilton County Ohio.

A number of people apply for help every day. While representatives from the agency will do the best they can to fulfill every request, many people may not qualify or funding may run out. If St. Vincent de Paul can’t fulfill your need, they may be able to refer you to other non-profit organizations, local volunteer groups or government assistance programs in the greater Cincinnati Ohio region.

Assistance for these programs, including rent and energy bills, is limited to people and families who are living in Hamilton County, Ohio. Requests and applications will be reviewed for one or more of the following expenses. Individuals may be able to receive assistance with ongoing housing expenses such as monthly rent. Funds and information may be available to provide help for paying their Waterworks, heating bills or Duke Energy bill. Qualified individuals may be able to get help with their security deposit or first month’s rent too.

A number of other assistance programs and resources are administered too. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Cincinnati and Hamilton County Ohio is a non-profit organization that may be able to help people facing economic, spiritual, or an emotional crisis. They can be able to directly provide or refer people to programs that offer assistance with food, prescription medicine, rent, clothing, utilities, companionship, and transportation.

Free household items, furniture, and clothing may be provided by Society of St. Vincent de Paul donation centers and thrift stores. What often happens is during visits to the homes of low income families in need of help, volunteers from the charity see that people have a need for basic items such as beds, work or school clothing, kitchen supplies, or personal hygiene items. When those visits occur, qualified Cincinnati families will be given vouchers to purchase those items such as clothing, furniture, and household items from the thrift stores at no charge to the family.





If you need transportation to a job or doctor appointment, bus tokens are offered to qualified people. Most transportation assistance is disbursed and used up in the first week of the month. It is only for local Hamilton County Ohio travel. Find a host of other bus pass assistance programs.

The Cincinnati Society of St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry operates for families living in the zip codes that end with 02, 03, 14, 19, 25, 29 and 32 only. Clients of the program can pick the groceries and food that they want. Many volunteers support this resource. Also ask about the Angel Food Ministry.

Pharmacy, medications and pharmaceutical care is for those who could not otherwise afford their health care or prescription medication. Dial (513) 562-8841 x 230 for information. Low income and uninsured people in Hamilton County can benefit from the St. Vincent de Paul Charitable Pharmacy.

Utilities and rent can be paid out by appointment only. A number of applications are sent to St. Vincent de Paul in Cincinnati from people seeking help with paying housing, heating, and energy bills. Various forms will need to be complete. All financial aid is limited.

Furniture Assistance – This may be provided to the first 50 people who apply for and complete furniture applications. This is available on the first Wednesday of each month. You need to apply in person at their Bank St. Outreach Center. Or dial 513-421-0602.

The Saint Vincent charity will try to give free furniture, couches, beds and the link out the low income and working poor. however, based on inventory and donation levels (as well as the applicants income), there may be some minimal fees involved. Find a listing of additional charities that give free furniture.

A number of programs may be offered for elderly or senior citizens who live on fixed incomes or who fall into low income conditions. For example, those families or individuals who can't afford to shop at full-priced stores may be able to benefit from Hamilton County St. Vincent de Paul stores. These locations can help them care for themselves in a way that preserves their dignity by providing high quality, new or gently used but affordable goods in clean and well-lit environments.




The centers also offer referrals to local non-profits and other partner organizations in the region. To learn more or to apply, call or stop by Society of St. Vincent de Paul, 1125 Bank Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45214-2130 dial 513.562.8841.


By Jon McNamara

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