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Licking County Ohio assistance programs.

Local non-profit organizations, churches in Newark Ohio and charities offer financial help. Find how to get rent or security deposit help, loans to assist with housing or a mortgage, free medical or dental care, free grants for paying utility or heating bills and other aid in Licking County. The non-profits and government agencies coordinate emergency financial assistance along with job programs, debt help, transportation programs for the poor or elderly and more.

Housing repairs

Each year tens of thousands of dollars is provided to Newark as part of the Community Housing Improvement Program grant to repair and improve older homes throughout the area. The funds will be used to modernize and improve homes of eligible lower income families. There can also be support for the disabled and senior citizens.

Some of the funds will be used for emergency repairs. The program will help pay for a variety of upgrades, including roofs, new windows, electrical updates, gutters, or even foundation repairs, among other improvements to the homes. Call the Licking County Metropolitan Housing Authority 704-349-8069.

Utility bill help in Licking County

The LEADS Community Action Agency offers program to help residents pay for utility, cooling, and winter heating bills. They receive funds from various government agencies, including federal stimulus funds, as well as local energy companies including Columbia Gas that LEADS uses to pay for the programs. Phone (740) 349-8606.

Emergency assistance programs

Catholic Social Services, which is based in Newark Ohio, provides help to all low income, qualified people, regardless of faith. The programs they offer include the following. Senior Supportive Services, Individual and Family Supportive Services, Transportation, and Payee Services. (614) 221-5891.




Another option is the Newark Ohio Salvation Army. Phone 740-345-8120. The Salvation Army is a national organization that runs several assistance programs. They provide help for various expenses, including rent, heating and utility bills, free food, and more. They also offer counseling, senior and youth programs. They are also a great resource for people to call to learn about other Ohio and federal government assistance programs. Read Newark Salvation Army assistance programs.

The LEADS Community Action Agency, which is based in Newark but serves the entire county of Licking, offers various forms of aid. Get help for the following:

  • Summer crisis program - Pays for air conditioning bills and units, and other summertime expenses.
  • Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) - Is a federal government funded program that helps for utility bills.
  • Winter Crisis Program - Provides funds and grants for heating bills, if someone is facing a disconnection.
  • Food - The agency partnered with Food Pantry Network to provide low income and other qualified families with free food and groceries.
  • Emergency Food and Shelter Program - The LEADS community action agency provides help for eligible families if they need assistance with paying for food, rent, energy bills, and temporary housing
  • Home repairs and weatherization - Receive minor home repairs and / or weatherization assistance, both of which can help people reduce their energy bills, and make a home safe and modern.
  • Clothes - Get free gently used, or occasionally new clothes.





Moundbuilders Guidance Center of Newark Ohio provides emergency rent payment assistance to qualifying families in need as long as funds are available, and funding is limited. Call (740) 522-8477.

Residents of Utica Ohio can get emergency aid as well. The Utica Community Fund helps needy residents meet local emergency needs and help with bills and expenses. An emergency fund they administer can provide grants and financial assistance to residents of Utica to the best of their ability with utilities, food and sometimes rent. Call (740) 892-2264

Long term housing and emergency rent help is available. Everything from section 8 housing to grants or loans to pay back rent, homeless shelters, free lawyers for eviction court, motel vouchers, and mediation services may be offered in the Newark area and county. More on rental assistance Licking County.

Eviction and utility service disconnection assistance

If you are facing an eviction, need help with rent expenses, or are facing a disconnection of your heating or utility service, contact the Licking County Coalition for the Homeless. They administer an assistance program known as Project Homeline. The non-profit agency known as LCCH provides a " one stop shop" for housing and rent assistance resources, homelessness prevention services, utility help, and landlord and tenant assistance. People who are at risk for utility disconnection, facing an eviction or foreclosure should call for more information or assistance. Call the agency at 740-345-1970, or read more on Ohio utility bill assistance programs.

Medical care from community clinics and health care centers

Licking County Community Health Clinic (call (740) 345-1113) has as its main goal of this center is to provide basic health and medical care to persons and their families who do not have a family physician or doctor and/or are not covered under private health insurance. The center focuses on those people who do not qualify for private insurance and who are are low-income. The center also accepts government insurance including Medicaid; Medicare or VA benefits.

Free or low cost counseling, including credit and foreclosure

One local non-profit agency is Consumer Credit Counseling Services. The agency provides people who are faced with a foreclosure, behind on their mortgage, or drowning in debts access to a variety of free credit counseling services. The services offered can assist people in all stages of their financial lives, and aid can help people take the next step towards personal money management success. More on Ohio HUD foreclosure counseling. Call (740) 322-5755.





Food Banks in the community

If you are faced with an emergency and need food for you or your family, call one or more of the following.

First United Methodist Church of Newark can provide help and groceries once every 45 days. Call this food bank at (740) 349-7020.

Arguably the leading agency to call for food is the Food Pantry Network of Licking County at (740) 763-4333. They both provide people groceries, and can also refer the needy to other local food banks and pantries.

By Jon McNamara














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