CAODMU - Community Action Organization of Delaware, Madison & Union Counties assistance programs.

While referrals are available from Community Action Organization of Delaware, Madison and Union, the core programs resolve around energy bills, food, and housing. Both short term assistance is provided by CAODMU to address the crisis as well as more longer term support, including referrals to job training and related services.

The non-profit Community Action Organization also operates the homeless prevention program for individuals and families who are now currently homeless or in danger of becoming evicted. This program is intended for households in crisis as a result of court-ordered evictions or foreclosures. There is also support for people faced with unsafe housing, reduced income, medical emergencies and other dilemmas. A combination of government grants can be used for back rent, and may be issued along with short term loans.

Home repairs are part of the Housing Trust Fund, or HTF. With a focus on low income seniors and the disabled, it provides home modifications and updates for safety issues. It may help patch a roof or make a home accessible to the handicapped.

Low-income homeowners and even tenants in Delaware and nearby counties can reduce energy consumption and save money on their heating bills through the state of Ohio Home Weatherization Assistance Program. This improves the energy efficiency of homes, in particular an older unit, and helps clients save money on their annual utility bills.




The program is also known as HWAP, and it includes home-energy audits, heating system inspections, and additional attic and sidewall insulation. Electric base load analyses may also be conducted to address lighting and appliance efficiency.

The Delaware, Madison and Union County community action agency also employs professional, certified contractors who use specialized diagnostic equipment to determine the causes of energy loss in the home. They then take action on the results of the tests. Income-qualified households can receive services that total up to $6,500 in labor and material costs. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funds HWAP, with some supporting grants coming from the state.





Ohio residents who need help paying their winter heating bills can turn to the Ohio HEAP - Home Energy Assistance Program for support. This federally funded program is available each year from January 1 to May 31. The non-profit CAODMU also operates the Emergency Home Energy Assistance component, which will pay out funds in a crisis to those families that are facing a disconnection or that are about to have their power shut off.

The state of Ohio WCP - Winter Crisis Program is an option for low income families in the region, including Madison County. It offers financial assistance and cash grants to low-income households who are facing imminent disconnection of their heating source, had their service terminated, or have fuel tanks filled to 25% or less capacity.

In addition, WCP as well as the agency help income-eligible households seeking to establish new service or pay to transfer it. This program is available from November 1 to March 31, and the deadline for incomplete or pending applications is April 15.

CAODMU manages the Summer Crisis Program as well, but this is not available every year and it depends heavily on funding levels. Grants can help qualified clients with electricity bill or air conditioning expenses. When it operates, SCP assistance is usually available between July 1 and August 31 of each year.

Receive a reduction in older bills and other aid from the Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus. This program provides several hundred dollars for paying electric and heating bills that are overdue. Eligible clients must receive their service from a company that is regulated by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, or PUCO, and in fact most providers fall into this category.

This assistance is a last resort, and PIPP Plus clients are required to apply for all energy assistance programs for which they may qualify first, including those referenced above. In order to be eligible for the Gas PIPP Plus program, the service must be the primary or secondary home-heating source. Some participating utility companies allow PIPP Plus payment plans to be set up on customer accounts.

Most of the agency’s funding come from the Community Services Block Grant, and the money provided by the government can pay for a range of services that have an impact on helping those residents facing poverty. It can address everything from employment to providing deposit help and housing to the homeless and educational support as well.




Community Action Organization can help with referrals and applications to government aid from the Ohio Benefit Bank. This is a service in which counselors from the non-profit help low- and moderate-income families access tax credits, rent help, SSI disability, and many other support programs.

Clients of the Ohio Benefit Bank are directed to local resources. Food and nutrition services include the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and USDA child nutrition programs. Healthcare assistance services include Medicaid, the Child and Family Health Services program; Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps; Medicaid for the Aged, Blind and Disabled; Medicare premium assistance programs; and extra help for Medicare Part D. Or even get information on low income apartments and housing in Delaware and Madison.

The community agency administers both an Early as well as Head Start program to provide free, developmentally appropriate preschool education to children under the age of 6 in Ohio. It will provide them with socialization services, and the program is for children from income-eligible households. If and when needed, Head Start also accommodates children with special needs.

The teachers and staff that are part of Head Start promote a creative environment that allows children to explore the world around them and emphasizes family partnership, education, nutrition and mental health support. CAODMU will also address intervention and transportation services to the classroom as well.

Students of this resource who attend morning sessions are served breakfast that meets U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) standards, and lunch and a snack are provided to children who attend afternoon sessions. The service also satisfies all regulations mandated by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services.





What may be unusual about this agency is they also cover other counties as there are multiple offices. The locations are Delaware County, 555 Sunbury Road, Delaware, OH 43015, dial 740-369-3184. Other sites include Madison County at 255 West High Street, London, Ohio 43140, dial 740-852-3511 for information on this site.

Or try the (CAODMU) Logan County Office at 1653 US 68 North, Bellefontaine, OH 43311, call 937-404-9203 or Shelby County center. This one is at 110 East Russell Road, Sidney, OH 45365, phone 937-507-9341. Last, but not least, is Champaign County center at 40 Monument Square, Suite 200, Urbana, OH 43078, telephone 937-772-9164.


By Jon McNamara

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