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Clermont County Ohio assistance programs.

All across Clermont County are charities, government agencies (Job and Family Services) and churches that provide financial help or free stuff, including food or back to school supplies. They may offer some cash grants to help pay rent, provide free boxes of groceries or clothes, offer heating and energy bill help and more. Non-profits also offer credit or debt counseling, and government resources offer free medical care or cash aid.

The goal is to provide emergency help for bills (mortgages, rent, or utilities) as well as to break the cycle of poverty. There is also a focus on children, such as given free Christmas toys or food, as well as the elderly by giving financial help to seniors. Other support may be given in Clermont County as well. Find who to call below and how to apply.

Find help with paying utility, bills medical care, and housing aid

The Clermont County Community Services, Inc., which is the local community action agency, provides local residents with several different assistance programs. A sampling of their offerings are below. You can reach the agency at (513) 732-2277.

  • E-HEAP Summer Crisis Program - During the hot summer, the Summer Crisis Program allows low to moderate income qualified renters and homeowners to apply for a one time cash grant on their electric bill. The maximum amount of the grant provided will be $175. In addition, the Summer Crisis Program also provides some free air conditioners if the applicant has a medical condition.
  • E-HEAP Winter crisis program - This runs from November 1 through March 31. If you apply and are found to be eligible for assistance, the heating bill assistance program can provide a household if eligible with a one cash grant payment of up to $600 for propane or heating oil, or $350 if you heat your home with wood or coal. In addition, you must have received a disconnect notice or have a 10 day or less supply of fuel. If you heat your home with natural gas or electric, you need to have a disconnect notice, and the maximum payment in that case is $175.
  • Health care for your child - The Clermont County Community Services, Inc. also oversees a program that provides health care for your children. They can receive both free medical and dental care. They provide high quality, generalized care, including checkups, medications, advice, and other support. The dental program provides care on a sliding fee schedule. Pay what you can afford, if anything. Receive check ups, cleanings, and other forms of aid.




  • Weatherization program - This is funded by the state of Ohio and the federal government. The program is an energy conservation program that is available to low and moderate income qualifying citizens of Clermont County that either rent or own their homes. The weatherization program was created to help Batavia and Clermont County residents use less energy while also increasing the safety and comfort of their home or apartment. An energy evaluation will be conducted by a well trained consultant, and when it is completed the most cost effective weatherization services will done done to your home, including replacing windows, adding insulation, and much more.
  • Rent and mortgage assistance and homeless shelter - The agency can direct people to rent assistance programs, and they run a homeless shelter for people who have been evicted. Also, the community action agency can direct people to foreclosure and mortgage programs. Learn more on mortgage help in Ohio.

While in general, the financial support from CCCSI Clermont Services is limited, they may have referrals. For example, there may be some non-profits or other organizations in the Batavia Ohio region that can help with paying a security deposit on a new, low income apartment for the formerly homeless. Or other groups may offer free food, clothing, and other support. Read more Clermont County Community Services assistance programs.





Programs for emergency financial aid

If you need emergency help for bills, your mortgage payment, rent, housing expenses, and other assistance, try contacting the Salvation Army of Greater Cincinnati. Phone number 513-762-5600. They also may be able to help residents of Clermont County. They also have seasonal support, whether a homeless shelter in the winter or Christmas toys, or fall back to school supplies for students. Or try the Salvation Army free food pantry or clothing bank.

Catholic Charities SouthWestern Ohio can from time to provide provide limited financial assistance. In addition, the non-profit organization can provides counseling, referrals to federal and Ohio government programs, resources and support for people in southwestern Ohio. Get limited help for utility bills and housing expenses, and access to other programs including mental or counseling, caregiver/older adult services, pregnancy counseling, adoption, and enhance your parenting and enrichment skills. 513-241-7745

Clermont County Department of Job & Family Services offers benefits. There are Medicaid health insurance programs for the poor. Or get cash aid for paying bills, grants for heating needs, Medicare, or elder care. DJFS also offers SNAP food stamps as well as Ohio section 8 housing vouchers, daycare vouchers, and other low income programs. Address is 2400 Clermont Center Dr, Batavia, OH 45103. Call (513) 732-7111.

Clermont County Veterans Service Commission, which is located in Batavia Ohio, offers services including Undesignated Temporary Financial Assistance for Veterans, Housing and Rent Payment Assistance for Veterans, as well as Utility and Heating Bill Assistance. Call (513) 732-7363. Click here for more veteran rent assistance programs.

Holy Trinity SVDP offers utility assistance that provides help with paying electric bills. Limited rent help may also be provided. Dial (513) 732-2024

Clermont Metropolitan Housing Authority – The agency leases housing for low to moderate-income families within Clermont County, and the housing authority can also help with finding a new home or apartment in the region. 65 South Market Street, Batavia, OH 45103, dial (513) 732-6010





Clermont County Youth Services – The center is a community action agency that provides social service programs, income or employment resources and case management to low to moderate income families. A focus in on the youth in those homes.  and the agency will assist them with essential needs. While direct financial aid is very limited, the organization may have referrals to free food pantries or emergency programs (such as rent) in the greater Clermont region. Or learn about how to use technology, such as apps on Samsung or Apple phones, to make a few dollars. Call (513) 732-2277 ext. 5. Or even learn how to make money playing games on your phone.

Housing and rent programs - Assistance is available for various tenant expenses as well as the homeless in Clermont County. Applicants may receive grants for paying rent, heating or utility bill help, loans for deposits, and general counseling. A number of non-profits both advocate for the low income and try to provide money in an emergency for rental costs. More on Clermont County rent help.

Batavia Ohio Salvation Army is a more local site of this national charity organization. The phone number is (513) 732-6328.

Bethel Ministerial Association (phone (513) 734-4357) offers rent and utility payment assistance. Some of the financial aid for expenses such as back rent may be issued as a loan. The church may also provide a hot meal in Batavia, offer clothing, and other support. Read Bethel emergency programs.

The Regional Freestore Foodbank - Numerous services are available to the struggling and unemployed in the area, ranging from job placement, clothing, free food, to emergency grants for paying rent to help people avoid evictions. The staff also partner with many other charities in Clermont County Ohio to ensure that low income families get the support they need. Click more Freestore Foodbank free groceries.

LIFE, which stands for (Loveland Interfaith Effort) Food Pantry may be able to provide up to $100 in emergency financial assistance to help pay rent or an energy bill. The applicant needs to have a disconnection notice or an eviction notice. Call the Loveland Ohio agency at (513) 583-8222.

Saint Vincent De Paul has partner churches in Clermont County. As resources allow, the charity will offer help to income qualified applicants of only certain zip codes. Case managers or volunteers from the location can help the poor and low income meet their basic needs, including offer referrals or direct assistance with housing, food, and funds for heating or utility bills. A focus is on the elderly and families with young children. Other social services may include holiday assistance, shelter, and self-sufficiency.

  • Residents of the zip codes of 45140 and 45150 can call (513) 831-7837.
  • Residents of the zip codes of 45122, 45140, 45150 can call (513) 575-0957.
  • Other information or referrals may be provided too. Find details on St. Vincent programs in Clermont County.





Other non-profits, churches, or charities to call in the Clermont Ohio area include St. Andrew SVDP ((513) 831-7837 Milford Ohio), St. Elizabeth Seton SVDP ((513) 575-0957), and Miami Milford Ministry (phone (513) 248-1114). All may offer financial aid to help deal with an emergency.

Free basic needs, clothes, furniture or school supplies - Whether it is clothes (winter attire), free school supplies, or furniture, there are both thrift stores and clothing closets. Both agencies help the poor, struggling, and families in crisis. Find the main Clermont County free furniture banks, school supplies and clothing closets.

Clermont County Council on Aging helps senior citizens. Assistance is available for the low income and even those with more moderate means. Whether it is information on affordable medical care, free food, and help in locating a caregiver, dozens of services are available. Get advice on applying for Medicare, or learn about investing or saving money. Or get other free advice. Read more on Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio.

Senior programs in Clermont County

The Clermont Senior Services, Inc. (513-724-1255), which is based in Batavia Ohio but serves the entire county, offers programs to help senior citizens live independently. For example, they offer adult daycare services, provide transportation assistance, run a meals on wheels program, offer home care, home repair programs and resources, senior centers and other services.

The elderly in Clermont County can also turn to nationwide resources. They can help senior citizens that live on social security, a pension, or retirement. There are classes on investing or applying for Medicare. Or learn about 401Ks or other financial aid programs, even including loans for the elderly on social security.

Community clinics

One of the best places to call to find a low cost or free community clinic in your area is Healthsource of Ohio. Call the facility at (513) 947-7000

Healthsource Of Ohio - Goshen Family Practice – The center provides primary health and medical care to adults and children, and obstetrics and prenatal care to area patients. Some medical service will have a variable rate billing scale. Medications and other affordable services are available. 1507 State Route 28, Loveland, OH 45140, telephone (513) 575-1444

Credit counseling, mortgage assistance, and bankruptcy advice

Advantage Debt Management of America is a non-profit that helps people address their debts and housing concerns. A sampling of the services offered includes Credit Counseling, Bankruptcy Assistance, Organizational Budgeting Assistance, or Daily Money Management Services. They also help low income families learn financial literacy.

The non-profit also offers tips or workshops on Foreclosure Prevention, Debt Consolidation Services, Fair Credit Practices, Mortgage Delinquency and Default Resolution Counseling. Or enroll into Personal Finances Administration. Phone (513) 542-4357. Also read more on HUD foreclosure counseling agencies.





Food assistance programs

Goshen United Methodist Church (Goshen Ohio (513) 722-2541), Mt. Repose Baptist Church (Milford (513) 575-1121), and St. John Fisher Church (Newton (513) 561-9431) are just a few of the charities, non-profits, and churches in the area that provide free food, groceries, holiday meals, and/or other forms of non-financial aid. Click here for phone numbers and addresses of additional free food banks in the Clermont region.


By Jon McNamara

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