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Lawrence and Iron County assistance programs.

Find how to get financial help for paying rent or utilities, free food, and other support in both Iron and Lawrence County Ohio. There are several charities, churches, as well as government assistance programs that help both (1) low income households as well as (2) families in a crisis. Get more details below.

Financial resources available for low income families or free goods

Help with bills, including heating, medical, and more is available at the The Ironton-Lawrence County Community Action Organization offers residents several assistance programs, including ways for people to get help with medical bills, health care services, and weatherization programs.

Help paying heating bills
If you are one of the thousands of Ohio households facing a disconnection of your gas or electric service, or if you are low on heating fuel and have less than 25 percent of home heating fuel, you may qualify for the federal government Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) emergency assistance program and/or the Winter Crisis Program. If you qualify for the program, you may be eligible to receive.

  • $350 for coal or wood
  • $600 for fuel oil, propane/bottled gas, kerosene
  • $175 for Columbia Gas and American Electric Power
  • $250 for Buckeye REC

There are of course some conditions. You need to provide both heat and electric source bills. In addition, a disconnection on your heating or utility bill is mandatory for the utility receiving assistance. To learn more or to apply, please call the Ironton-Lawrence County Community Action Organization at (740) 532-3534

Health care
The Ironton-Lawrence County Community Action Organization CAO’s offers free or discounted health care services from its Family Medical Centers in Coal Grove, Chesapeake, Ironton, and South Point areas. They are the premier providers of high-quality primary health care in both Lawrence County and the overall Tri-State Area. In total, their Medical Centers help over 40,000 patients per year. Many of those who are assisted can’t otherwise pay for medical care or their bills. Find additional ways to get help with medical and hospital bills.




The health care clinics have in place sliding-fee payment scale which allows people to get treatment no matter what their financial situation is.

Weatherization programs.
Another program that is offered by the CAO, they have a program that helps low and moderate income families and residents make their homes more energy-efficient, save money on their heating bills, and also ensuring that less of their money is spent on home heating bills. The main purpose of the weatherization program is to help low-income people with paying their monthly heating bills and to also save the nation’s energy resources. The average weatherized home saves about 19 to 42 percent on fuel usage and their heating bills.

Locate mortgage help, security deposit payments, or rent assistance

The United Way is working with Ohio and has created the “Partnership with Ohio” program. This will assist families and individuals in Ohio who could be eligible for much needed assistance with paying their mortgage, rent or even offering funds for security deposit payments. Find additional mortgage assistance programs in Ohio.

The group has partnered with the Lawrence County Community Action Organization to provide these services to Lawrence County residents. Residents of Lawrence County in need of mortgage help, rent funds or security deposit payments should contact the Lawrence County Community Action Organization (CAO) at 740.532.3534 to apply or learn more.

Lawrence County prescription drug program

This program had been previously part of Jobs and Family Services. However, the Ironton-Lawrence County community action agency has taken over this program. It can provide grants to help people pay for their medications or other needed prescription drugs.





All of the assistance programs listed above are offered by the Ironton-Lawrence County CAO. The non-profit is committed to helping low income families, with a focus on seniors and the disabled. Homeless prevention is also a priority. All financial aid offered is one time, and various qualifications need to be met by applications. Also, the resources are offered as a so called hand up to clients. Read more on Ironton-Lawrence County Community Action Organization programs.

City Welfare Mission

This charity organization, which can be reached at (740) 532-5041, contributes to meeting the needs of struggling local residents. It can provide meals, clothing distribution, rent help, and they also administer a utilities and heating bill assistance programs.


By Jon McNamara

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