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Muskingum County rental assistance.

Tenants who are struggling with their rent or housing payments in Muskingum County can get assistance. There is support from several non-profit organizations, charities, and even the government Human Services office. All of them may offer emergency, one time rent help, access to shelter, legal aid, cash loans, or even grants to help pay a security deposit.

Note the list of organizations below may not all provide financial help. Some only give referrals. But each one is focused on reducing homelessness in the Muskingum County region. This includes both pre-active financial aid to help with rent or energy bills along with rehousing, which involves shelter and placing families into a new home.

Contact each agency. There is no guarantee to receiving rent help, but they may be sources of information/referrals.

Zanesville Salvation Army
515 Putnam Avenue
Zanesville, Ohio 43701
Main number is 740-452-8350
A multi-faceted social service agency. Emergency funds, including for rental arrears, are available across Muskingum County. Only up to $500 is available, and funds are limited. Also access a homeless shelter, case management advice, transitional housing, and more. All this is part of the rent programs.

Equitas Health
Note this non-profit, medical type provider only helps patients with HIV and/or AIDs. There may be money to pay mortgages, rent, utilities, and other housing needs. The goal is to keep the patient housed as they go through treatment. Call 614-299-2437.

Muskingum County Community Action (MEOAG)
Address is 828 Lee Street
Zanesville, OH 43701
The intake phone number is 740-453-5703
Grant based aid is mostly for heating and energy bills, which can help low income tenants though. There may be referrals or suggestions on rent or anti-poverty programs.





Muskingum County Human Services - County Job & Family Services
Location - 445 Woodlawn Ave
Zanesville, OH 43701
Dial (740) 454-0161 for hours.
Temporary cash assistance, which is generally only for the very poor, may be available as a form of rent assistance.

Shelter at First United Church and the Outreach Ministries Program
Address: 857 Putnam Avenue
Zanesville, Ohio 43701
For information – intake, dial 740-452-7117
They only operate a homeless shelter. This can include meals, clothing, and case management.

Muskingum Ohio Legal Services
Location is 15 West Locust Street Suite A
Newark, Ohio 43055
Main number - 740-345-0850
Attorneys can meet with low income tenants and offer free legal advice, support, and representation. One service is eviction defense, in which a lawyer represents tenants in housing court.



By Jon McNamara

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