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Assistance programs Springfield and Clark County Ohio.

Find financial assistance, case management or free stuff from charities, churches, and government programs that help low income families in Clark County. Find where to apply at, and how to get, everything from one time rent help to grants for paying energy bills, medical or dental care, and free food in Clark County. There are also social services for people facing financial challenge, job training programs, and other resources available in Springfield and the county. Even locate work from home jobs or career training services.

In addition to the emergency or long term financial help, all across Springfield and the county are free resources too. As examples, find free school backpacks or supplies, clothes, motel vouchers with online applications, Christmas presents or gift cards, medications for the uninsured and more. Clark County families and residents have access to help per below.

Financial help paying mortgages, rent and utility bills in Clark County OH

Clark County and Springfield Ohio Salvation Army is one of the leading agencies in the area to call for help with bills. Some of the resources, social services and programs offered include Emergency Services, Crisis Intervention, Lodging, or free Household items. There are also grants to help with Utility Bills, Budget and Debt Counseling.

The Salvation Army may also have Free Meals and Free Food, Clothing, Furniture, Medications, Advocacy, as well as Foreclosure Prevention Advice. They also provide Holiday Assistance (Christmas Toys and Thanksgiving Help) and run a Community Center. They can even refer people to a program that provides free heating oil. Dial 937.322.3434

Several other emergency and social services are offered by the Salvation Army. School supplies are given away as well. This is one of the leading non-profits to call for help and referrals in the region. More on Salvation Army Clark County Ohio programs.

Catholic Charities - No matter your religion, they may have help. Dial (937)325-8715. Some of the resources provided include:

Benefit Bank - Offered in partnership with the state of Ohio, local charities, and the social service office in Springfield. The service offers information and referrals to programs such as prescription medications assistance, food stamps, voter registration, income taxes, and other aid.




Emergency Financial Assistance program - May offer free food for hungry families and individuals and cash assistance to help with rent, heating and utility bill issues. Grants from the charity may also be used for security deposits. A focus is on those people who will have power shut off or who are facing an eviction.

Emergency Food Pantry - People in Clark County and Springfield can stop by up to once a month and receive enough groceries and food for three meals a day. The items passed out will last for a maximum length of three days for each member of the household. In addition, clients of the pantry are also able to receive personal hygiene products and items, which are in addition to the groceries. Click here for more information on food banks, both nationwide and in Ohio.

The Clark County Catholic Charities supports the following towns in Clark County Ohio. Springfield, Donnelsville, New Carlisle, Enon, South Vienna, South Charleston, North Hampton, Lawrenceville, Tremont City, Cedarville, Catawba, Harmony, and Medway. More Clark County Catholic Charity programs.

Society Of St. Vincent De Paul of Clark County is a place to call for assistance. They will try to help with any need requested, as resources allow. Some common examples may be food, groceries, housing, and referrals. 228 Raffensperger Avenue, Springfield, Ohio 45505, dial (937) 322-0838

OIC - Opportunities for Individual Change offers limited utility bill assistance. Clients must have disconnection notices, meet income limits, be disconnected or have less than a 10 day supply of bulk fuel. It can also potentially help during the summer by supplying free air conditioners and fans. A focus is on senior citizens and families with young children. (937) 323-6461

Job & Family Services Of Clark County Services offers many resources that can help people find or keep a job. Other government benefits provided can include SNAP Food Stamps, Child Care Assistance, Medicaid, and Transportation assistance programs through Workplus. Short term cash assistance can be provided for basic needs such as rent or groceries as part of the Ohio Works First (OWF) Program.





One big focus is on daycare though. As it can often be a barrier to employment. Therefore find free daycare in Ohio for low income families. The main address is 1345 Lagonda Ave., Springfield, OH 45503. Call (800) 516-3463 for intake.

Clark County Veterans' Service Center may have limited financial assistance to eligible veterans and their families. Also learn about federal government benefits. (937) 521-2030

Sacred Heart Catholic Church is located in New Carlisle / Bethel township. Emergency assistance may be offered to people from that town. (937) 845-3121

United Senior Services can support the elderly, senior citizens, and individuals over the age of 60. Get help in applying for HEAP, food, and medical care. Resources offered include Meals On Wheels in Springfield, Transportation, Wellness Programs, a senior center, and free meals. The office is at 101 S. Fountain Ave, Springfield, OH 45502.

Rental assistance programs are available to some income qualified tenants. There are also resources for the homeless in Clark County Ohio. The programs may provide the following:

  • One time cash grants for a portion of back rent.
  • Relocation/rehousing assistance can include money for utility or security deposits, legal review of a lease, moving help, and more.
  • Other rent programs range from advice from an attorney to loans for single moms, disability vouchers and more. Find Clark County Ohio rent assistance.

Clark County Ohio Community Action Agency

The Springfield based Opportunities Industrialization Center (phone (937) 323-6461) provides various assistance programs. One of the primary ones is the Ohio Department of Developments Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). This provides cash grants and financial assistance to help Clark County and Springfield families pay their heating and cooling bills.

In addition the non-profit agency works closely with various utility and gas companies, as some of these local Ohio energy providers have direct financial assistance programs and offer other support that can help offset the costs of home heating and cooling bills for Clark County and Springfield Ohio families.

Many other resources are offered too. The Clark County Ohio community action agency offers job training, information on government loans or grants, help with credit card bills, transportation, and counseling. There is even the use of computers for making money or searching for jobs.

Food banks and free regional pantries

Open Hands Free Store (phone (937) 323-5815) is based in Springfield. The non-profit has groceries, free food, canned goods, and other basic needs such as clothing.

The Family Needs Inc. may have meals, vegetables, groceries, and formula for the needy and low income. (937) 322-1662.

Medway Methodist Church - Call (937) 849-1478 for hours.

There are several other pantries in the Clark County Ohio region. Hundreds of families, seniors, and struggling residents turn to the non-profits and charities every month. Many Springfield agencies also have soup kitchens and/or offer help with EBT SNAP applications. More on free food pantries in Clark County Ohio.

Clinics and free health care in Clark County Ohio

Health Partners Of Western Ohio - New Carlisle Community Health Center has providers on site that are available to determine your health care and medical needs. The clinic may provide screenings and care if you are ill or referrals for other conditions. Dial (937) 667-1122.





Rocking Horse Community Health Center - Adult Medical Home is a medical center that offers primary and chronic health care for adults including mental health screenings, diabetes management, referrals to specialists, and a low cost or free prescription assistance program. 1 E. Pleasant, Springfield, OH 45506, dial (937) 328-7266.

Other free medical care is offered in the region. There are also counselors and advocates that direct residents to care, ranging from affordable health insurance plans to help people navigate Medicaid or Medicare programs. Find more details on patient advocates for advice.


By Jon McNamara

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