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Clinton County assistance programs.

Funds for rent, utility, and heating bills

Learn where to turn to if you need help paying bills in this difficult economy. There are several local organizations and charities that can provide you with support. They include the Clinton County Community Action Program, Inc., the St. Vincent dePaul Society, and also the Clinton County Homeless Shelter. Find details on how to apply, their contact information, as well as what services they provide.

Transportation assistance and low interest loans

Cars is the name a low interest loan program that has been in operation since 2000. It was created to help families and individuals that have been unable to afford or make a down payment on a new or used vehicle. It can also help people who have had bad credit, and their poor credit was preventing them from obtaining a loan for the vehicle.

The Community Action agency acts as a low interest lender/bank and provides a vehicle that the individual can afford their monthly payments on. Depending on what the individual can afford to pay on a monthly basis, a new or used vehicle and payment plan is selected for them so they can have a form of transportation to make it to and from work, and to fulfill other obligations they may have. Find other government low interest loan options.

Ohio Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)

Every year thousands of families in Ohio and Clinton County struggle to pay for their winter heating bills. The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), which is funded by both the state and federal government, provides assistance with heating bills to eligible households in an effort to help pay these bills. The amount of assistance will be determined by a couple of different factors, including: the households income, federal funding levels, how many people live in the household, and other factors. Contact the community action agency to learn more.





The Community Action food pantry

This is a free service offered by community action to help individuals and families that are struggling to put food and other groceries on the table. The free service provides applicants with a three day supply of food including, vegetables, meats, and fruits. Each household in Ohio is eligible for food aid one time per month. read about other food and low income assistance programs. Click here.

Reduce heating bills from Weatherization

Apply at the agency for this free service to those who qualify for aid. It is a federal government assistance program that was designed to make homes more energy efficient and help people save on their energy bills. The goal of the program is to create an energy efficient environment that not only is conserving energy for homeowners, and reducing their energy bills, but does so with health and safety being top priority to the applicant.

The Clinton County Community Action Program, Inc. is located at 789 N. Nelson Avenue, Wilmington, Ohio, and the number is (937) 382-8365. Most of the programs listed above are offered or available by referral from this non-profit organization. More Clinton County Community Action Agency.

Emergency funds in Clinton County Ohio

Clinton County has been awarded over $40,000 in federal government funds to help the area supplement emergency food and shelter programs. The funds are used for rent, utility bills, and other programs.





Emergency Food and Shelter funds have been previously sent to the Clinton County Homeless Shelter ((937) 382-6272) and also St. Vincent dePaul Society ((937) 382-6851). These local charities and agencies are responsible for providing meals, lodging, funds for energy bills, and even rent assistance. For more details on what may be offered by referrals from Saint Vincent, read more.

Regional Salvation Army centers can provide help as well. While resources are limited, the non-profit may have emergency resources available. This may include food, groceries, funds for rent or energy bills. Even if you do not qualify or if the location is out of funding, the Clinton County sites may have referrals available. Social workers from the agency are focused on helping the less fortunate make it through a difficult period.

Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio of Clinton County - While senior citizens and their caregivers are a focus, the disabled can also call on the agency. Programs include daily and holiday meals, Caregiver Support and Education, Respite, and information on affordable long term care. Other assistance is also arranged for the elderly. Read more.




By Jon McNamara














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