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Fairfield County Ohio housing and rent assistance.

Housing assistance in Fairfield County as well as Lancaster Ohio ranges from emergency rent assistance to welfare, section 8, and shelters. The main agencies that offer some form of help are below. Everyone from the disabled to homeless, tenants facing eviction, and working poor may qualify for some form of help, whether it is rent, security deposits, or short term housing.

When it comes to money for paying for bills/housing, this is limited. There are only a few solutions in Fairfield County for rent or paying energy costs. In fact most of the assistance will be an agency referring the client to a government programs such as section 8 or emergency solution grants. Or local lenders may have some loans, and all of those funds may help with rental costs or other needs.

Most of the aid in the region is shelters or placement into one. But this will only be for the homeless or after the eviction has occurred. In either case, find programs below.

Homeless shelters and transitional housing centers

Lutheran Social Services
1681 East Main Street
Lancaster, OH 43130
Main telephone: 740-653-2012
The center offers meals, laundry, case management including referrals to rent or deposit programs for clients (once stabilized) and other services.

The Fairfield County Emergency Shelter
800 West Sixth Avenue
Lancaster, Ohio 43130
Call 740-653-1960 or 740-503-2381

Lancaster-Fairfield County Community Action (CA)
Main address is 1743 East Main Street
Lancaster, OH 43130
A shelter is for parents with children only. Housing is not provided to single adults. There may also be grants, job placement, TANF welfare information, as well as FEMA grants for rent/utility/or energy bill needs.





The Lighthouse
PO Box 215
Lancaster, OH 43130
(740) 687-4423
Shelter for women, children or men fleeing domestic violence. In addition to the temporary housing assistance, there is referrals as well as other supportive services.

Cash assistance including rent programs

Fairfield County Job and Family Services
239 W Main St
Lancaster, Ohio 43130
Main phone number is (740) 652-7889
Cash assistance may allow some funds for paying rent, but this tends to be for people living in poverty with job placement required. Other support includes welfare, LIHEAP, and more.

Volunteers of America Greater Ohio – Fairfield County
(614) 253-6100
One time eviction help may be offered. Or they coordinate legal aid for tenants.

Continuum of Care and ODFC
Various housing resources are available. Clients can access permanent housing in Fairfield County, get financial help for paying rent, deposits, or moving costs from ESG grants and more. The goal is to stop homelessness (whether rentals or mortgages) and stabilize the family. More on homeless prevention in Fairfield County.

Fairfield Metropolitan Housing
Location is 315 N Columbus St # 200
Lancaster, OH 43130
Call (740) 653-6618
The non-profit, public housing agency. Section 8 vouchers, low income apartments, emergency aid and other support is offered, including home buying loan programs. Find details on section 8 HUD emergency vouchers.


By Jon McNamara











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