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Washington and Morgan County assistance programs.

Find programs and agencies that can offer help in Marietta, Washington, and Morgan counties Ohio. Get assistance with paying rent, free food, energy bills, and other financial aid.

Meals and free food in Morgan and Washington Ohio

Zanesville, Ohio based Christ's Table as a charity organization that may be able to provide meals, such as lunches, on Monday from Friday from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and Saturday to. On average over 400 people are served each and every day. Phone number is 740-452-9766.

Limited financial assistance and information

One agency that is in the area is Eastside Community Ministry. They run a food pantry, clothing bank, and an emergency relief fund for individuals and families in a crisis situation. They may be able to help people in the county, including Marietta Ohio. Dial 740-452-7519

The Community Action Program Corporation of Washington-Morgan Counties, Ohio is the leading place to to to for help and assistance with bills in the area. The resources and programs they offer include these:

  • Community clinic - Some basic health care is administered as part of the Family Health Service facility. Some of the aid available includes Prenatal Services, Family Planning Clinic, as well as the Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program. It includes some basic testing and screening, as well as check ups.
  • Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) - There are a few parts to this utility program, including Regular HEAP as well as the Winter and Summer Crisis Program. The winter program may be able to prevent disconnection of energy bill services, including heating utilities. The program may also be able to restore heating services to individuals and households that have been disconnected. The WCP program can also pay for an emergency delivery of heating oil and bulk fuel when the supply is down to 10 days or less for the household. On the other hand, the Summer Crisis Program provides financial assistance and cash grants to eligible families to offset high electricity bills associated with the summer cooling season. Learn more on the crisis LIHEAP program.





  • Rental assistance - The main solution is the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program. It is a service that can help clients maintain the housing or apartment that they are currently residing in or to move into more stable housing. Aid is available for people who will be evicted, who have a home being foreclosed upon or have no residence. The program can offer up to 18 months of rent help, utility assistance, money to pay for moving costs, and even services such as credit repair.
  • Housing assistance programs - General housing services, such as emergency home repair, down payment assistance, and rehabilitation and repairs of owner occupied and rental units.
  • Energy bills. Weatherization and American Electric Power (AEP)- The weatherization federal program can help people save money on energy bills. The Home Weatherization Assistance Program helps families and individuals reduce heating and cooling costs by increasing efficient energy use of appliances and the overall energy efficiency of their home. American Electric Power (AEP) also offers help. A contractor will visit your home for free and suggest what you can do to save on and reduce your utility and heating bills.
  • Section 8 housing - The community action agency is both a HUD certified foreclosure and housing agency, and they also run the Section 8 housing voucher program in the area. More on HUD counseling in Ohio.
  • Senior programs - Services and resources such as Meals on Wheels, Congregate Meals, and the Senior Nutrition Program are all available to low income residents and senior citizens in the area.
  • Referrals - Your local community action is always a great place to stop by to get information on government programs (both Ohio and federal government) as well as local charities and non-profit agencies.
  • Holiday and Christmas - Kids and families can get gifts from Secret Santa and or other holiday assistance, such as a meals or gifts.

Call the Marietta Ohio based Community Action Program Corporation of Washington-Morgan Counties at (740) 373-3745 to get assistance with bills, rent, food, and other aid. Or read more.




The Caring Connection is an organization that provides direct services to low income families in Washington County Ohio. As funding and resources allow, residents can get help with paying utility bills, deposits or help for shutoffs, prescriptions for the uninsured, first month rent assistance, and other emergency aid for those that are struggling. Call (740) 376-9903.

Washington County Free Clinic may be able to offer free or low cost, quality medical care and preventative health services. Patients need to meet low income guidelines including government poverty scales. They also can’t have health insurance. Not only is health care (and maybe dental services) offered, but the clinic also has a free or low cost pharmacy program. Call 740-376-0261 for information or an appointment.


By Jon McNamara

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